Premier League
West Ham United 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur 

Saturday, 16th August 2014
by Gordon Thrower

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Player Ratings

Pretty much one of his easier days ?EUR" saved well on the few occasions he was roused from his slumber.

Joey O Brien
Steady if unspectacular before being replaced in the second half.

Aaron Cresswell
Good in defence. Good going forward. Good cal by the sponsors for MOTM.

James Collins
When you want a block put in he's your man. Unfortunately, his limitations in other scenarios were all to evident in this one.

Winston Reid
Classy as ever. Could do with some quality alongside him.

Mark Noble
Didn't let the penalty affect him, though such was the game-changing nature of the miss Ive docked him a point.

Cheikhou Kouyate
Another fine debut ?EUR" just missed out on my MOTM award by virtue of his having to play out of position for the lat half hour thanks to Ginge.

Ricardo Vaz Te
Got into some positions which he failed to convert to goals. The problem is that all those arose from the efforts of others. I don't recall him actually making anything happen.

Stewart Downing
Good but... He had us banging our heads against brick walls with his refusal to take his man on, a reluctance that made his movement a bit predictable. Ought to have scored as well.

Kevin Nolan
Most of his efforts came off the ball ?EUR" stuff that generally goes unnoticed. I'd hve referred him to have been a little closer to Cole though.

Carlton Cole
Frustrating. When his first touch was good his second was usually poor. And vice-versa.


Guy Demel
(Replaced O'Brien) As unspectacular as O'Brien, who he had replaced had been.

Mo Diame
(Replaced Vaz Te) Like for like in the middle as Kouyate moved back. Not as effective as the man he replaced.

Enner Valencia
(Replaced Cole) Not that it would have been difficult but he was a hell of a lot more mobile than Cole. Made a nuisance of himself and I look forward to seeing a bit more of him.

Jussi Jaaskelainen
Did not play.

Reece Burke
Did not play.

Diego Poyet
Did not play.

Mauro Zarate
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Adrian, Joey O Brien, Aaron Cresswell, James Collins, Winston Reid, Mark Noble, Cheikhou Kouyate, Ricardo Vaz Te, Stewart Downing, Kevin Nolan, Carlton Cole.

Goals: None.

Booked: James Collins 54 Cheikhou Kouyate 90        .

Sent Off: James Collins 63    .

Tottenham Hotspur: Hugo Lloris, Danny Rose, Younes Kaboul, Aaron Lennon, Emmanuel Adebayor, Erik Lamela, Eric Dier, Kyle Naughton, Christian Eriksen, Etienne Capoue, Nabil Bentaleb .

Subs not used:  Brad Friedel, Roverto Soldado, Michael Dawson, Ben Davies .

Goals: Dier (90+3).

Booked: None booked..

Sent off: None.

Referee: Chris Foy.

Attendance: 34,977.

Man of the Match: Aaron Cresswell.