Cardiff City 0-2 West Ham United 

Sunday, 4th March 2012
by Gordon Thrower

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Player Ratings

Robert Green
A spot of uncertainty at the start but it was notable that he was barely called upon to make a save worthy of the name.

Joey O Brien
A good solid performance from the RB.

George McCartney
I'm too busy laughing at his goal to write anything meaningful here! A good all-round match.

James Tomkins
Decent though his exploits in midfield have been he looked a lot more comfy back in defence.

Abdoulaye Faye
Outstanding. If he missed anything I can't remember it. Superb.

Mark Noble
Another fine performance ?EUR" only the immense nature of Faye's performance today stopped him from getting another MOTM gong.

Kevin Nolan
Pink Palermo couldn't stop raving about how he bossed the game. Maybe the sight of how well the team was doing without him bucked his ideas up but it wasn't a bad 90 at all from the skipper. Fine finish for the goal too.

Jack Collison
A lot of good running off the ball but a few things didn't quite work for him.

Ricardo Vaz Te
Like Collison he was heavily involved but it was a bit hit and miss as to whether anything he tried would come off.

Henri Lansbury
A few good passes in there without quite giving us the sort of eye-catching display we've seen at international (U21) level.

Nicky Maynard
Got through a lot of running but really ought to have made the most of the chances that came his way.


Carlton Cole
(Replaced Maynard, 63)
Not much joy up on his own. Got fouled a few times without intervention from the officials. As usual.

Gary O Neil
(Replaced Lansbury, 75)
Can't remember him having much influence during the short time he was on.

Ruud Boffin
Did not play.

Danny Potts
Did not play.

Sam Baldock
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Robert Green, Joey O Brien, George McCartney, James Tomkins, Abdoulaye Faye, Mark Noble, Kevin Nolan, Jack Collison, Ricardo Vaz Te, Henri Lansbury, Nicky Maynard.

Goals: Kevin Nolan 43 George McCartney 77                .

Booked: None.

Sent off: None.

Cardiff City: David Marshall, Kevin McNaughton, Mark Hudson, Ben Turner, Andrew Taylor, Peter Whittingham, Don Cowie, Aron Gunnarsson, Joe Mason, Kenny Miller, Rudy Gestede.

Subs not used: Filip Kiss, Craig Conway, Tom Heaton, Darcy Blake.

Goals: None.

Booked: None.

Sent off: None.

Referee: Chris Foy.

Attendance: 23,872.

Man of the Match: Abdoulaye Faye.