Premier League
West Ham United 1 Everton 2

Saturday, 22nd December 2012
by Gordon Thrower

Today we saw two people who had been given contracts to perform a role clearly beyond the scope of their respective abilities. Irritating though the “One Pound Fish Man” clearly is, I suppose he’s harmless enough.

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Player Ratings

Jussi Jaaskelainen
Partly culpable for the goal and his kicking wasn?EUR(TM)t at its best today.

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

Joey O Brien
Usual reliable self at left back in the absence of Linda.

James Collins
Strangely given the MOTM award by the sponsors. Although there were some important interceptions throughout the game there were a number of occasions where he lost his man in the box ?EUR" the first goal being a case in point.

Winston Reid
The better of the two centre-halves on the day in my opinion.

Gary O Neil

Mark Noble
Better corners but lost the ball a few too many times.

Kevin Nolan
Busy match but ought to have equalised at the end.

Matt Taylor
Solid without being eye-catching ?EUR" got a bit overrun when we went down to ten men.

Matt Jarvis
Looked lively going forward but another who struggled to cope when the ball started to come straight back.

Carlton Cole
Another fine goal. Another excellent display of holding up the ball. Ought to sue the ref ?EUR" there are 35,000 witnesses who will back him up.


Modibo Maiga
(Replaced O'Neil)
A bit unlucky that he didn?EUR(TM)t get a corner from the effort that Distan deflected wide but probably ought to have done better with the shot anyway.

Jordan Spence
(Replaced Tomkins, 45)
Just a wee cameo from the youngster.

Jack Collison
(Replaced Cole, 87)
Good to see him back ?EUR" though part of me worries about the possibility that he?EUR(TM)s been rushed in view of the injury crisis.

Raphael Spiegel
Did not play.

George Moncur
Did not play.

Alou Diarra
Did not play.

Sebastien Lletget
Did not play.

Match Facts

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

Goals: Carlton Cole 14                  .

Booked: Mark Noble 65          .

Sent off: None.

Everton: .

Subs not used: .

Goals: .

Booked: .

Sent off: None.

Referee: Anthony Taylor.

Attendance: 35,005.

Man of the Match: Carlton Cole.