Derby County 2-1 West Ham United 

Saturday, 31st December 2011
by Gordon Thrower

Bare bones and balls-ups I think sums it all up.

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Player Ratings

Robert Green
No chance with the goals. His kicking was a bit erratic though. Kicking to touch for safety reasons was all well and good but he seemed to find the sidelines when he had time to do better

Joey O Brien
A bit of a ?EUR~mare. Seemed unable to find a team-mate all afternoon.

Danny Potts
Some good work was spoilt a bit by his involvement in the two early goals that cost us.

Winston Reid
Probably wouldn?EUR(TM)t have featured had Faye or McCartney been available. Looked rusty. Plus point ?EUR" nearly all of his passes found a team-mate. Minus point, that team-mate was Green.

James Tomkins
Probably the pick of a poor bunch on the day. Ludicrously booked after Moss ignored a blatant foul late on.

Mark Noble
Got through a lot of running but to little effect.

Papa Bouba Diop
Ok when he stuck to what he is best at but guilty of over elaborating from time to time. Could have done more to prevent the first goal.

Henri Lansbury
One of a number of players that I?EUR(TM)d forgotten actually played in this one.

Gary O Neil
A couple of development squad matches after eight months isn?EUR(TM)t really much preparation for a proper match. Another who wouldn?EUR(TM)t have been included if things had been different.

Frank Nouble
Looked keen and the goal galvanised him but there was little other end product.

Frederic Piquionne
Poor. His layoff for the goal and a run that came when he saw the fourth official playing with the numbers board were his only contribution to the game.


Carlton Cole
(Replaced Piquionne, 61) Hustled and bustled but might it have been better had he been on from the start?

Sam Baldock
(Replaced Faubert, 68) No impression on the match. Another who looked rusty.

Robert Hall
(Replaced Bouba Diop, 79) A cameo that suggested he might have been capable of causing havoc in the opposition defence had he been given a bit of time to do so. One to watch.

Callum Driver
Did not play.

Fred Sears
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Robert Green, Joey O Brien, Danny Potts, Winston Reid, James Tomkins, Mark Noble, Papa Bouba Diop, Henri Lansbury, Gary O Neil, Frank Nouble, Frederic Piquionne.

Goals: Frank Nouble 42                  .

Booked: Henri Lansbury 24 James Tomkins 57 Winston Reid 66 Carlton Cole 90    .

Sent off: None.

Derby County: Frank Fielding, John Brayford, Shaun Barker, Jason Shackell, Gareth Roberts, Paul Green, James Bailey, Craig Bryson, Jamie Ward, Nathan Tyson, Callum Ball.

Subs not used: Adam Legzdins, Tamas Priskin.

Goals: Callum Ball (2), Paul Green (10).

Booked: None.

Sent off: None.

Referee: Jonathan Moss.

Attendance: 28,067.

Man of the Match: James Tomkins.