West Ham United 0-1 Ipswich Town 

Tuesday, 27th September 2011
by Gordon Thrower

I’ve done the washing up, hoovered the flat, got my stuff ready for tomorrow. I suppose I can’t put off writing a match report any longer, though I’m sure you all want to relive this one about as much as I do.

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Player Ratings

Robert Green
A couple of good saves in the first half and was beaten by sheer pace for the goal.

Joey O'Brien
Sometimes shaky defensively and failed to contribute much going forward bar one very wayward shot.

George McCartney
Same as O?EUR(TM)Brien really. Promiosing moves forward were stalled as the ball went backwards.

Abdoulaye Faye
Ok defensively but we need better distribution from him.

James Tomkins
Generally ok at the back, though Ipswich obviously did their homework, keeping him well shackled at corners when we were attacking. Just about MOTM for me but that?EUR(TM)s not much of an accolade in this one.

Mark Noble
Wasted the ball far too much.

Henri Lansbury
One shot from distance apart, he failed to impress and, on another day, might have seen a red card.

Kevin Nolan
No urgency at all from the skipper whose form is a bit worrying at the moment.

David Bentley
The pick of a very lack-lustre midfield.

Sam Baldock
When he was supposed to be up front he failed to get close enough to profit from those balls that Cole won on the air. When moved back into midfield he disappeared completely.

Carlton Cole
Sometimes he looks a world-beater. Sometimes he looks as if Geoff Boycott?EUR(TM)s Mum could knock him off the ball. This was one of the latter days.


John Carew
(Replaced Cole, 64) Replaced Cole. Difficult to tell the difference really.

Jack Collison
(Replaced Bentley, 64) Largely anonymous in his half hour.

Julien Faubert
(replaced Noble, 90) Barely had time to do anything in the 4 mins of stoppage given to him.

Ruud Boffin
Did not play.

Papa Bouba Diop
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Robert Green, Joey O'Brien, George McCartney, Abdoulaye Faye, James Tomkins, Mark Noble, Henri Lansbury, Kevin Nolan, David Bentley, Sam Baldock, Carlton Cole.

Goals: None.

Booked: Henri Lansbury 11          .

Sent off: None.

Ipswich Town: David Stockdale, Carlos Edwards, Danny Collins, Ibrahima Sonko, Aaron Cresswell, Keith Andrews, Jimmy Bullard, Grant Leadbitter, Lee Bowyer, Michael Chopra, Jason Scotland.

Subs not used: Arran Lee-Barrett, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, Daryl Murphy.

Goals: Lee Bowyer (89).

Booked: Lee Bowyer (45).

Sent off: None.

Referee: Keith Stroud.

Attendance: 27,709.

Man of the Match: James Tomkins.