Premier League
West Ham United 2-0 Liverpool 

Saturday, 2nd January 2016
by Gordon Thrower

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Player Ratings

Adrian San Miguel Del Castillo
No doubt they?EUR(TM)ll moan about having had a lot of possession. If so just ask them how many saves our ?EUR~keeper made. Dealt with everything in comfortable style.

James Tomkins
They thought they had done their homework in targeting him. However he stuck to his task well.

Aaron Cresswell
A welcome return ?EUR" unlucky not to score when his piledriver was blocked by Clyne.

James Collins
A stormer. One slip apart he won headers, blocked shots and, for all I know, does a neat sideline in children?EUR(TM)s parties. Probably producing Benteke from an apparently empty pocket.

Angelo Ogbonna
The quieter of the two centre halves but a good and effective match nevertheless.

Cheikhou Kouyate
Put in some hard miles and often it was his long leg intercepting a possible dangerous pass.

Mark Noble
Another strong outing for the skipper. Rightly criticised in the past for the variable quality of his corners , his cross for Carroll?EUR(TM)s goal was superb.

Manuel Lanzini
Was looking good until his untimely premature exit.

Michail Antonio
Ginge got the sponsor?EUR(TM)s MOTM but this lad did it for me. Dangerous in attack, the goal was the icing on that particular cake. However, he tracked back and was often to be found getting a block in here, cutting out a dangerous cross there. He looked knackered at the end ?EUR" he earned it. MOTM.

Andy Carroll
Ok his goal was a header. However, he held the ball up well and showed some nice touches on the deck as well. Beginning to get back to his best.

Enner Valencia
Compared with others he had a quiet one ?EUR" got through a lot of running but didn?EUR(TM)t quite pose the attacking threat we know he can.


Pedro Obiang
(Replaced Lanzini) Came in for Lanzini and went about his business getting a foot in, tidying up and laying the ball off . Quiet but effective.

Dimitri Payet
(Replaced Valencia) Had the crowd on its feet with some of those wondrous pirouettes that makes opponents look so daft. So glad he?EUR(TM)s back.

Carl Jenkinson
(Replaced Antonio) Came on to give Tomkins some late protection as Antonio tired. Did that job.

Darren Randolph
Did not play.

Alex Song
Did not play.

Mauro Zarate
Did not play.

Nikica Jelavic
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Adrian San Miguel Del Castillo, James Tomkins, Aaron Cresswell, James Collins, Angelo Ogbonna, Cheikhou Kouyate, Mark Noble, Manuel Lanzini, Michail Antonio, Andy Carroll, Enner Valencia.

Goals: Michail Antonio 9 Andy Carroll 54                .

Booked: n/a           .

Sent off: None.

Liverpool: .

Subs not used: .

Goals: .

Booked: n/a.

Sent off: None.

Referee: Robert Madley.

Attendance: 34,977.

Man of the Match: Michail Antonio.