Premier League
Fulham 2-1 West Ham United 

Wednesday, 1st January 2014
by Gordon Thrower

New year – same old stuff I'm afraid.

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Player Ratings

Jussi Jaaskalainen
A couple of good gathers in atrocious conditions when it would have been easy to spill the ball.

Guy Demel
Gave the ball away too much in a series of panicky clearances.

Matt Taylor
Most of what they produced in the first half came down his side. Improved when moved forward after Noble's injury but not by much.

George McCartney
Failed to pick up Sidwell for his goal. Does his best in an unfamiliar role but...

Joey O Brien
Like Linda his unfamiliarity with the role he had to play stuck out a mile.

Alou Diarra
Generally ok but got caught wrong side a few times too much for my liking.

Mark Noble
Was putting in a lot of hard work until his untimely exit.

Mo Diame
Not sure I'd have taken him off unless he s injured ?EUR" which didn't seem to be the case.

Jack Collison
Chased shadows for much of the game without ever quite looking like he was going to apprehend any of them.

Kevin Nolan
I don't give zeroes out lightly ?EUR" this is possibly only the second I've ever done from memory. It's one thing reacting when you're getting kicked all over Anfield without protection from the traditional spineless refereeing you get up there, though still inexcusable. However, this was stupidity on a completely different plane. I'd take the armband away from him personally. If you happen to be reading this Mr Nolan, the day including ticket, refreshments and travel costs cost me something in the region of ??70. In case you have a shred of conscience about your role in the day's proceedings.

Modibo Maiga
No service, no support. Gotta feel sorry for him.


Razvan Rat
Gave the ball away too much. Close to conceding a penalty.

Stewart Downing
Showed some bright touches but I'm not sure he was the right sub at the right time.

Carlton Cole
Made a nuisance of himself of sorts but, like Maiga, until the end there was little in the way of support, meaning that we were relying on Clattenburg to actually give some of the fouls perpetrated against him. Fat hope.

Did not play.

Danny Potts
Did not play.

Joe Cole
Did not play.

Matt Jarvis
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Jussi Jaaskalainen, Guy Demel, Matt Taylor, George McCartney, Joey O Brien, Alou Diarra, Mark Noble, Mo Diame, Jack Collison, Kevin Nolan, Modibo Maiga.

Goals: Mo Diame 7                  .

Booked: Guy Demel 59 Razvan Rat 63        .

Sent Off: Kevin Nolan 44    .

Fulham: David Stockdale, Sascha Riether, Philippe Senderos, Fernando Amorebieta, John Arne Riise, Scott Parker, Steve Sidwell, Damien Duff, Adel Taarabt, Kieran Richardson, Dimitar Berbatov.

Subs not used: Aaron Hughes, Ashkan Dejagah, Marcus Bettinelli, Moussa Dembele.

Goals: Steve Sidwell (32), Dimitar Berbatov (66).

Booked: None booked..

Sent off: None.

Referee: Mark Clattenburg.

Attendance: 25,335.

Man of the Match: Jussi Jaaskelainen.