West Ham United 2 Hull City 1
Saturday, 28th April 2012
by Gordon Thrower
And so we enter the twilight zone of the play-offs. Given that any hope of automatic promotion depended on Coventry turning up against Southampton this match was always, realistically, firmly in 'hiding to nothing' territory.
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Player RatingsRobert Green
One good save. Sat back and watched the match for about 80 minutes. Might have done a bit better with the goal.
A couple of good blocks but still doesn?EUR(TM)t have to have got the pace of the game yet. Not the greatest of crossers and quite what he was up to for their goal lord alone knows.
Effectively acted as an extra midfielder given that he had little to do defensively. Put quite a few dangerous balls into the box.
Despite the occasional assault on his eye socket he looked his usual assured self.
Another confident runout for the Kiwi who looked comfortable on the ball throughout.
Influential as ever and was part of a midfield that bossed things for 80-odd minutes.
Not the best of starts to the match but improved as the game wore on.
Gary O Neil
Has looked fairly decent in recent weeks and it?EUR(TM)s to be hoped that the disgraceful challenge from Evans hasn?EUR(TM)t done him damage serious enough to keep him out of the side to keep him out of the playoff side.
One of his better games in the claret & blue. Superb cross for Cole?EUR(TM)s second.
Ricardo Vaz Te
Seemed very out of sorts and, by the time he was withdrawn, totally knackered. Needs a bit of a rest before Thursday.
Cole at his best. A fine game and took both goals well. The second was particularly splendid.
(Replaced Cole, 52)
Apart from nearly catching out the ?EUR~keeper he failed to get into the match.
(Replaced Vaz Te, 60)
Another who failed to register.
(Replaced Nolan, 74)
A welcome return but didn?EUR(TM)t really have much time to influence matters.
Did not play.
Did not play.
Match FactsWest Ham United: Robert Green, Guy Demel, Matthew Taylor, James Tomkins, Winston Reid, Mark Noble, Kevin Nolan, Gary O Neil, Henri Lansbury, Ricardo Vaz Te, Carlton Cole.
Goals: Carlton Cole 36 Carlton Cole 49 .
Booked: Carlton Cole 87 .
Sent Off: Kevin Nolan 51 .
Hull City: Vito Mannone, Liam Rosenior, Liam Cooper, Andy Dawson, Paul McKenna, James Chester, Corry Evans, Tom Cairney, Joshua King, Richard Garcia, Matty Fryatt.
Subs not used: Mark Oxley, Sonny Bradley, Mark Cullen.
Goals: Corry Evans 981).
Sent off: None.
Referee: Nigel Miller.
Man of the Match: Carlton Cole.