Premier League
West Ham United 0-0 Manchester City 

Saturday, 3rd November 2012
by Gordon Thrower

I suppose we ought to have known this would be a decent match. Little bruvver was in attendance for this one and we usually see a good game when he’s comes to watch us. And this was, despite the 0-0 scoreline, not a bad match at all.

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Player Ratings

Jussi Jaaskelainen

Joey O Brien
Excellent at right back though his attacking options were limited by a tendency for Benayoun to move inside. Had a fine close to the game at centre-back.

George McCartney
Had his work cut out but stuck to the task. Had Carroll scored with the overhead kick he?EUR(TM)d probably be claiming an assist!

James Collins
Basically Ginge had decided pre-match that if the opposition were going to score it wasn?EUR(TM)t going to be as a result of a failure on his part to put in a block. His best performance for a while. In a match that was notable for the strength of the team performance it?EUR(TM)s difficult to give an MOTM but for me he just shaded it.

Winston Reid
Another test in his Premier League education successfully negotiated. Showed excellent anticipation throughout.

Mark Noble

Mo Diame
Got through a lot of running off the ball which, as with others, came largely at the expense of his influence going forward.

Kevin Nolan

Yossi Benayoun
A fine game and was unlucky not to score with a superb first-time volley in the first half. There were occasions though when JOB was on the ball when I?EUR(TM)d have liked to have seen him give the right hand side a bit more width.

Matt Jarvis
Drifted in and out of the game a bit ?EUR" mainly because a lot of our play seemed to be going down the right. However, when he started to take on his marker it was a good battle.

Andy Carroll
Another who worked his socks off ?EUR" whether it be giving his markers a hard time or popping up to help out the defence at set pieces. After the bad luck he?EUR(TM)s had all season with brilliant efforts like the overhead kick in this game, what?EUR(TM)s the betting that his first goal for us comes off his backside or something.


Gary O Neil
(Replaced Diame, 71)
Harried and snapped around the City midfield and generally made it difficult for them.

Carlton Cole
(Replaced Carroll, 77)
Carried on where Carroll left off for the last few minutes and got a couple of decent defensive headers in.

Jordan Spence
(Replaced Collins, 84)
Useful few minutes for the youngster.

Raphael Spiegel
Did not play.

Leo Chambers
Did not play.

Robert Hall
Did not play.

Modibo Maiga
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Jussi Jaaskelainen, Joey O Brien, George McCartney, James Collins, Winston Reid, Mark Noble, Mo Diame, Kevin Nolan, Yossi Benayoun, Matt Jarvis, Andy Carroll.

Goals: None.

Booked: James Collins 56 Yossi Beanyoun 61 George McCartney 82      .

Sent off: None.

Manchester City: Joe Hart, Matija Nastasic, Vincent Kompany, Kolo Toure, Gael Clichy, Gareth Barry, Yaya Toure, Samir Nasri, Carlos Tevez, Edin Dzeko, Mario Balotelli.

Subs not used: Costel Pantilimon, Pablo Zabaleta, Aleksandar Kolarov, Abdul Razak.

Goals: None.

Booked: None.

Sent off: None.

Referee: Howard Webb.

Attendance: 35,005.

Man of the Match: James Collins.