Premier League
West Ham United 4 Reading 2

Sunday, 19th May 2013
by Gordon Thrower

Blimey, where did that season go?

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Player Ratings

Jussi Jaaskelainen
One good save in the first half. No chance with the goals. Otherwise not over-employed.

Guy Demel
Went a bit AWOL early in the second half but otherwise a steady 90 minutes.

Joey O Brien
Looked exhausted towards the end ?EUR" not surprised he was replaced by Taylor for the last few minutes.

James Collins

Winston Reid
I guess we can allow him the odd slip up such as that which led to their second goal given that he was excellent for the rest of the match.

Mo Diame
Some good stuff in there but had a tendency to overcomplicate things on occasion.

Mark Noble
Ran the show in the first half. Less influential in the second half though it was his fine through ball that set-up Nolan?EUR(TM)s second.

Ricardo Vaz Te
The change of boots and the goal boosted his confidence no end after an uncertain start.

Joe Cole
Flitted in and out of a game that he would have dominated not so long ago.

Kevin Nolan
Three good finishes for a player who is more important to the team than some would care to admit. MOTM.

Andy Carroll
'Unplayable' according to the Reading boss. Better teams than Reading will have problems with him next season. Let?EUR(TM)s hope we?EUR(TM)re not one of them.


Jack Collison
(Replaced Joe Cole, 74)
Quiet leg-stretcher for the Welsh lad.

Modibo Maiga
(Replaced Ricardo Vaz Te, 81)
Looked lively during his spell off the bench. Set up Nolan's third.

Matt Taylor
(Replaced Joey O'Brien, 86)
Not much sticks in the mind for his cameo at the end.

Stephen Henderson
Did not play.

Emanuel Pogatetz
Did not play.

Matt Taylor
Did not play.

Carlton Cole
Did not play.

Match Facts

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

Goals: Kevin Nolan 23 Ricardo Vaz Te 34 Kevin Nolan 79 Kevin Nolan 87            .

Booked: Kevin Nolan 84 Jack Collison 85        .

Sent off: None.

Reading: Alex McCarthy, Chris Gunter, Sean Morrison, Kaspars Gorkss, Stephen Kelly, Garath McCleary, Jem Karacan, Danny Guthrie, Jobi McAnuff, Pavel, Hal Robson-Kanu.

Subs not used: Stuart Taylor, Alex Pearce, Adrian Mariappa, Hope Akpan, Daniel Carrico.

Goals: Garath McCleary (53), Adam Le Fondre (55).

Booked: Jobi McAnuff (64).

Sent off: None.

Referee: Mike Dean.

Attendance: 34,973.

Man of the Match: Kevin Nolan.