Premier League
West Ham United 3-1 Chelsea 

Saturday, 1st December 2012
by Gordon Thrower

Some Sunday mornings you wake up with the knowledge that you have to relive the events of the previous 24 hours to write a match report and you know it’s going to be a painful experience. You know every word will have to be dragged kicking and screaming from brain to screen as you try to turn something nondescript into a few thousand words.

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Player Ratings

Jussi Jaaskelainen
Some excellent saves to keep us in the game at key moments ?EUR" though we?EUR(TM)ll gloss over that throw out to Ramires!

Guy Demel
Had some dodgy moments against Moses but stuck to the task and eventually saw off his tormentor.

Joey O Brien
Had some dodgy moments against Moses but stuck to the task and eventually saw off his tormentor.

James Collins
Storming performance ?EUR" unlucky to be penalised for the disallowed goal.

Winston Reid
A good job of dealing with Torres and no little threat up front as well.

James Tomkins
I know I?EUR(TM)m repeating myself but I really don?EUR(TM)t rate the player as a midfielder. Central defender yes but he never looks comfortable in midfield. He spent 45 minutes chasing shadows and his withdrawal was necessary for us to get the result.

Mark Noble
Recovered from an iffy first half to have a decent second. Needs to watch the rash challenges or he?EUR(TM)ll be looking at another suspension at the end of the next period.

Kevin Nolan
Unlucky in the first half to have a goal chalked off for no readily apparent reason. Much better in the second half when he got up in support of Cole more often.

Gary O Neil
Like Tomkins he was largely anonymous in the first half. Removed to allow us extra width.

Matt Jarvis
Lacked confidence in the first half. Seemed full of beans in a second half performance that gave a hint of what he might be capable of.

Carlton Cole
Even in the first half he was working his socks off ?EUR" despite a lack of support. In the second, with a little help from his colleagues he was superb. Deserved the goal, despite Chelsea?EUR(TM)s protestations.


Momo Diame
(Replaced O'Neil, 71)
Outstanding. Totally changed the face of the game. Strong in defence and inspirational going forward. Marvellous goal. Man Of The Match.

Matt Taylor
(Replaced Tomkins, 45)
The width he brought to the right hand side caused Chelsea problems and meant they had to think about us rather than vice versa.

Modibo Maiga
(Replaced Cole, 87)
Splendid cameo. Played Taylor in nicely then remained alert to stick away the rebound.

Raphael Spiegel
Did not play.

Jordan Spence
Did not play.

George Moncur
Did not play.

Matthias Fanimo
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Jussi Jaaskelainen, Guy Demel, Joey O Brien, James Collins, Winston Reid, James Tomkins, Mark Noble, Kevin Nolan, Gary O Neil, Matt Jarvis, Carlton Cole.

Goals: Carlton Cole 63 Momo Diame 86 Modibo Maiga 90              .

Booked: Mark Noble 65          .

Sent off: None.

Chelsea: Petr Cech, Cesar Azpilicueta, Branislav Ivanovic, Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole, Mikel, Nascimento Ramires, Victor Moses, Eden Hazard, Juan Mata, Fernando Torres.

Subs not used: Ross Turnbull, Paulo Ferreira, Ryan Bertrand, Oriol Romeu, Lucas Piazon.

Goals: Juan Mata (13).

Booked: Petr Cech (44), Mikel (64).

Sent off: None.

Referee: Martin Atkinson.

Attendance: 35,005.

Man of the Match: Momo Diame.