Coventry City 1-2 West Ham United 

Saturday, 19th November 2011
by Gordon Thrower

Six away wins? In the same season? Before Christmas? That’s what the league table says.

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Player Ratings

Robert Green
One fine save, several routine ones. The rest was largely practice.

Julien Faubert
Good in spells though the final cross as ever needs a bit of work. Picked out Christie well for Piquionne?EUR(TM)s goal!

George McCartney
Some solid if unspectacular defensive work but distribution wasn?EUR(TM)t at its best.

Abdoulaye Faye
A good game despite the usually illegal attentions of Jukiewicz.

James Tomkins
??3million you say, Warnock? Jog on.

Mark Noble
Worked his socks off and ought to have had a penalty.

Jack Collison
Eased off the ball far too easily in this one. And as for that miss?EUR?

Kevin Nolan
Another matched that by and large passed the skipper by. One superb block at the end though.

Papa Bouba Diop
The game largely passed him by bar a couple of late but non-malicious challenges that saw him carded.

Sam Baldock
Not in the game much in the first half which, either by instruction or on his own initiative, he spent playing almost alongside McCartney. Improved a bit when playing up front.

John Carew
There were three reasons for Carew?EUR(TM)s poor showing. 1) Playing him up front on his own gave him no support. 2) Refereeing ?EUR" he was pulled up for fouls far too often without justification. 3) He had a poor game anyway.


Carlton Cole
(Replaced Carew, 46) His marks are as much for the impact he had on the game as anything. Coventry had little answer to his power. His shot may have been going wide but he made it happen. MOTM for his impact.

Frederic Piquionne
(Replaced Diop, 62) The old football clich?(C) has it that when a player has gone so long without a goal all it takes is for a fluke to set the bandwagon rolling again. Hope so.

Joey O'Brien
(replaced Baldock, 80) Late replacement for Baldock. Did ok in the ten plus stoppage.

Marek Stech
Did not play.

Fred Sears
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Robert Green, Julien Faubert, George McCartney, Abdoulaye Faye, James Tomkins, Mark Noble, Jack Collison, Kevin Nolan, Papa Bouba Diop, Sam Baldock, John Carew.

Goals: Carlton Cole 69 Frederic Piquionne 75                .

Booked: Papa Bouba Diop 20 Abdoulaye Faye 49 Julien Faubert 59      .

Sent off: None.

Coventry City: Joe Murphy, Cyrus Christie, Richard Keogh, Martin Cranie, Chris Hussey, Sammy Clingan, Gael Bigirimana, Conor Thomas, Gary McSheffrey, Lukas Jutkiewicz, Clive Platt.

Subs not used: Nathan Cameron, Chris Dunn, Cody McDonald.

Goals: Clive Platt (33).

Booked: Gary McSheffrey (41), Sammy Clingan (70).

Sent off: None.

Referee: Keith Stroud.

Attendance: 20,524.

Man of the Match: Carlton Cole.