West Ham United 3-1 Derby County 

Saturday, 26th November 2011
by Gordon Thrower

I’ll tell you what, why don’t I just write “It was a game of two halves” every week and you can fill in the rest!

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Player Ratings

Robert Green
A little casual with one kick in the first half. No chance with the goal and barely tested in the second half.

Joey O'Brien

George McCartney
Got forward well on the left. Liked the Messi-style run late on ?EUR" even though the finish was more messy than Messi.

Abdoulaye Faye
An unheralded player he was nevertheless quite superb today. Won the ball, controlled it, laid it off.

James Tomkins
Caught a bit between two stools for the goal and there were a couple of passes that weren?EUR(TM)t quite up to his usual standard. However, it was good to see him bringing the ball out of defence so well.

Mark Noble
One of the few to emerge from the first half with any credit he continued playing well into the second period. Fine spot-kick.

Jack Collison
The switch to a three man midfield saw him playing more centrally in the second half and it?EUR(TM)s clear this role suits him best. Another improved performance.

Kevin Nolan
An improved performance even without taking the quite sublime goal into consideration.

Julien Faubert
A fine game though not quite MOTM for me (unless the sponsors fancy sending me a new motor!) ?EUR" a few of his final balls weren?EUR(TM)t quite there. Decent game though.

Sam Baldock
Was looking good until his untimely injury. Fingers crossed it?EUR(TM)s not too serious.

Carlton Cole
Derby didn?EUR(TM)t really have a clue as to how to deal with the player. Took his goal well, held the ball well and got through a hell of a lot of running. In a week when it was difficult to pick out one individual performance I?EUR(TM)ll give him my MOTM. I?EUR(TM)m sure he?EUR(TM)s overchuffed!


Frederic Piquionne
(Replaced Baldock, 21) His best game for a fair while, only a spot of composure and, occasionally, luck in front of goal stopped him from troubling the scorers.

John Carew
(Replaced Cole, 76) Some nice hold-up/lay off play in the last period.

Matthew Taylor

Marek Stech
Did not play.

Guy Demel
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Robert Green, Joey O'Brien, George McCartney, Abdoulaye Faye, James Tomkins, Mark Noble, Jack Collison, Kevin Nolan, Julien Faubert, Sam Baldock, Carlton Cole.

Goals: Carlton Cole 44 Kevin Nolan 64 Mark Noble 74              .

Booked: George McCartney 40          .

Sent off: None.

Derby County: Frank Fielding, John Brayford, Shaun Barker, Jason Shackell, Gareth Roberts, Paul Green, Craig Bryson, James Bailey, Ben Davies, Jamie Ward, Tamas Priskin.

Subs not used: Adam Legzdins, Jake Buxton.

Goals: Tamas Priskin (34).

Booked: Ben Davies (44).

Sent off: None.

Referee: Colin Webster.

Attendance: 27,864.

Man of the Match: Carlton Cole.