Premier League
West Ham United 1 Sunderland 1

Saturday, 22nd September 2012
by Gordon Thrower

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Player Ratings

Jussi Jaaskelainen
The goal apart, which gave him little chance, he didn?EUR(TM)t have a save worthy of the name to make.

Guy Demel
One early lapse aside he wasn?EUR(TM)t tested defensively. The withdrawal of Vaz Te, with whom he combines well, reduces his force going forward.

Joey O Brien
Another whose contribution was more in adding to the attack. One lapse in the second half could have proved costly had McClean stayed on his feet.

James Collins
Bit of an off day that could have cost us all three points. His sloppy pass gave the ball away and he completely failed to pick up Fletcher for the goal. Can do better.

Winston Reid
Another impressive display. Continues to display a level of consistency that few might have expected from his previous outings at this level.

Mark Noble
Good in parts, occasionally let down by his delivery from dead balls, which varied from excellent to poor.

Mo Diame
Just shaded MOTM for me. After an initial tendency to overdo the stepovers he settled down and his powerful runs from the middle caused a number of problems for the visitors.

Kevin Nolan
Always looked likely to be the one to score and was unlucky to come away with just the one.

Ricardo Vaz Te
Apart from one cross in the first half that set up Nolan, this was not one of those games that will live long in his memory.

Matt Taylor
A few good crosses and some good combinations on the left with O?EUR(TM)Brien, countered by a tendency to drift out of the game.

Carlton Cole
Caused problems but overall got little change from the defence ?EUR" or from some dreadful refereeing.


Yossi Benayoun
(Replaced Cole, 57)
Failed to create much of an impact on his home return.

Matt Jarvis
(Replaced Taylor, 57)
Looked lively and dangerous, though his contribution to the equaliser owed more to sheer bloody-mindedness in keeping the ball alive.

Modibo Maiga
(Replaced Vaz Te, 86)
Made two vital contributions to the equaliser if little else of note.

Stephen Henderson
Did not play.

George McCartney
Did not play.

James Tomkins
Did not play.

Gary O'Neil
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Jussi Jaaskelainen, Guy Demel, Joey O Brien, James Collins, Winston Reid, Mark Noble, Mo Diame, Kevin Nolan, Ricardo Vaz Te, Matt Taylor, Carlton Cole.

Goals: Kevin Nolan 90                  .

Booked: Winston Reid 82          .

Sent off: None.

Sunderland: Simon Mignolet, Craig Gardner, John O'Shea, Titus Bramble, Danny Rose, Seb Larsson, Jack Colback, Lee Cattermole, James McClean, Stephane Sessegnon, Steven Fletcher.

Subs not used: Keiren Westwood, Matthew Kilgallon, Connor Wickham, Louis Saha.

Goals: Stephen Fletcher (9).

Booked: Craig Gardner (61).

Sent off: None.

Referee: Lee Mason.

Attendance: 33,052.

Man of the Match: Momo Diame.