Blackpool 1-2 West Ham United 

Saturday, 19th May 2012
by Gordon Thrower

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Player Ratings

Robert Green
A couple of times we were screaming for him to come and collect but by and large this was a good game from the ?EUR~keeper. New contract anyone?

Guy Demel
A bit of a shocker really. Looked well off the pace before his injury-prompted substitution. Maybe a full pre-season will help .

Matthew Taylor
Looked a lot better going forward than he did defensively. Played an important part in the opening goal.

James Tomkins
Another MOTM performance from the defender who also posed his usual threat from set pieces up front.

Winston Reid
Good end to a fine season for the Kiwi. Benefited from actyally getting a run in the side.

Mark Noble
Not his usual influential self but put in a good shift nevertheless.

Kevin Nolan
Good game from the skipper who was involved in the build up to the winner.

Gary O Neil
Quietly effective before being sacrificed to stop the threat of Ince.

Jack Collison
Not much worked for him in this match ?EUR" and a bit of recklessness near the end could have proven costly.

Ricardo Vaz Te
Not his greatest of games ?EUR" had a frustrating afternoon for 87 minutes. Most of his mark is awarded for his contribution in the 88th minute.

Carlton Cole
Constant thorn in the side of the opposition defence. Scored one, made the other. Higher mark prevented by the horrible error that cost us the equaliser.


George McCartney
(Replaced O'Neil, 53)
Whilst he didn?EUR(TM)t totally nullify the threat from Ince when he came on, he certainly reduced it.

Julien Faubert
(Replaced Demel, 57)
I thought he looked good at right back ?EUR" certainly had more pace than his predecessor and there was infinitely less threat from that flank for most of the period after his introduction.

Stephen Henderson
Did not play.

Henri Lansbury
Did not play.

Nicky Maynard
Did not play.

Match Facts

West 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: Carlton Cole 35 Ricardo Vaz Te 87                .

Booked: Ricardo Vaz Te 88          .

Sent off: None.

Blackpool: Matthew Gilks, Neal Eardley, Alex Baptiste, Ian Evatt, Stephen Crainey, Barry Ferguson, Stephen Dobbie, Martinez Angel, Thomas Ince, Matt Phillips, Kevin Phillips.

Subs not used: Craig Cathcart, Keith Southern.

Goals: Thomas Ince (48).

Booked: None.

Sent off: None.

Referee: Howard Webb.

Attendance: 78,523.

Man of the Match: James Tomkins.