Premier League
West Ham United 1-0 Burnley 

Saturday, 2nd May 2015
by Gordon Thrower

This was strangely sort of entertaining in a 'not really for the purists' sort of way.

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Player Ratings

Adrian San Miguel del Castillo
It would not be right to say that we'd have lost were it not for... I'm sure Jussi would have done equally as well. But the man between the sticks has to stay alert through dullish periods, and do his job when the time comes. Adrian did. And he saved the penalty and so nearly got to the rebound. Dammit!

Carl Jenkinson
Got forward well on numerous occasions.

Aaron Cresswell
Not quite as prominent as Jenkinson in the attacking stakes but still contributed well.

Reece Burke
Decent home league debut. Lost his man a couple of times but was sensible enough to keep it simple. Won?EUR(TM)t let anyone down if we need him to play all the way through to the end of the season.

James Collins
As the boss (whose seat is a little closer to the action than mine is) pointed out he spent the whole match talking to young Burke. Solid defensively.

Morgan Amalfitano
Another who had some bright spells ?EUR" in his case married to a lot of hard work off the ball.

Cheikhou Kouyate
Good showing. Is it me or does he come out of his shell more when Song isn?EUR(TM)t there? Ok it?EUR(TM)s probably me but he gets my MOTM anyway.

Mark Noble
Lot of hard work in the engine room and did well to remember what a penalty was when the time came. Mark if the ref ever explains that booking to you could you let us know? I could do with a laugh.

Stewart Downing
Good in spells ?EUR" some nice crosses but did drift in and out of the game. Another victim of refereeing incompetence.

Kevin Nolan
A few nice touches and a fair bit of off ball running but his ability to influence matches is not what it was.

Enner Valencia
Again some good moments but these became fewer and further between as the game progressed.


(Replaced Nolan) A lively little cameo that suggests he might be worth more of a runout sometime?

Carlton Cole
(Replaced Valencia) Caused problems but ought to have added to his goals tally against a side against whom he has a decent record.

Jussi Jaaskelainen
Did not play.

Joey O Brien
Did not play.

Reece Oxford
Did not play.

Alex Song
Did not play.

Matt Jarvis
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Adrian San Miguel del Castillo, Carl Jenkinson, Aaron Cresswell, Reece Burke, James Collins, Morgan Amalfitano, Cheikhou Kouyate, Mark Noble, Stewart Downing, Kevin Nolan, Enner Valencia.

Goals: Mark Noble 24                  .

Booked: Enner Valencia 41 Mark Noble 44 Stewart Downing 60      .

Sent Off: None sent off.     .

Burnley: Tom Heaton, Ben Mee, Jason Shackell, Kieran Trippier, Michael Duff, George Boyd (Michael Keane 46), Matthew Taylor (Ross Wallace 81), Scott Arfield, David Jones, Ashley Barnes (Marvin Sordell 79), Danny Ings.

Subs not used: Matthew Gilks, Steven Reid, Michael Kightly, Lukas Jutkiewicz.

Goals: n/a.

Booked: n/a.

Sent off: None.

Referee: Jonathan Moss.

Attendance: 34,946.

Man of the Match: Cheikhou Kouyate.