West Ham United 3 Cardiff City 0
Monday, 7th May 2012
by Gordon Thrower
Wembley then. Marvellous. Isn’t it?!
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Player RatingsRobert Green
One of the Norwegian gang who were over for this game is the spitting image of Greeno. We told him off as usual for having a few pints of Guinness before an important match. However, the real Greeno could have sat there with a pint and the papers for much of the game. One good save at the feet of a forward and some useful distribution from throws.
Continues to improve ?EUR" not least with the quality of his delivery into the box which has gone from being laughable in his early matches to being genuinely dangerous over the past couple of weeks.
The fact that he?EUR(TM)s keeping Linda out of a starting spot in the team at left back should give you a clue as to the level of performance we?EUR(TM)re getting out of this player.
Yet another outstanding performance at the back. Happy to deal with Cardiff?EUR(TM)s Stoke City impersonations (long throws and all) all day long.
I proposed Reid as MOTM a few minutes before the sponsors?EUR(TM) version was announced. We had sensible sponsors this week. Won just about everything in the air and fully deserved whatever he got from the sponsors.
Influential as ever ?EUR" seems to be enjoying himself in this diamond thingy we are supposed to be playing.
Good poacher?EUR(TM)s goal and was constant thorn in the side of the opposition throughout until his second half withdrawal made, no doubt, with a slightly bigger match in mind.
Gary O Neil
Another fine performance and one which would have been nicely capped if either or both of his efforts on goal had gone in.
Fine first half and desperately unlucky with the injury that saw him miss all but three minutes of the second. Hope he?EUR(TM)s fit to play some part at Wembley.
Ricardo Vaz Te
A better performance than he?EUR(TM)s shown over the last couple of weeks. Cracking goal ?EUR" though I still reckon he?EUR(TM)d have been better off pulling it back ;-).
(Replaced Collison, 48)
A good half when replacing Collison. Nice awareness and through ball to set up the third for Maynard.
(Replaced Nolan, 69)
Picked up at left back where Taylor left off. You couldn?EUR(TM)t see the join.
(Replaced Cole, 86)
Scored with what may just about have been his only touch. Superb finish.
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, Jack Collison, Ricardo Vaz Te, Carlton Cole.
Goals: Kevin Nolan 15 Ricardo Vaz Te 40 Nicky Maynard 90 .
Booked: Winston Reid 68 .
Sent off: None.
Cardiff City: David Marshall, Kevin McNaughton, Mark Hudson, Ben Turner, Andrew Taylor, Peter Whittingham, Aron Gunnarsson, Liam Lawrence, Stephen McPhail, Kenny Miller, Joe Mason.
Subs not used: Tom Heaton, Robert Earnshaw.
Sent off: None.
Referee: Mike Dean.
Man of the Match: Winston Reid.