FA Premiership
West Ham United 1-2 Bolton Wanderers 

Saturday, 27th August 2005
by Gordon Thrower

I always had a sense of foreboding about this one. There’s something about Bolton that always makes me think that we’re going to struggle against them.

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Player Ratings

Roy Carroll
The tip onto the bar from Campo?EUR(TM)s rocket was superb. Needs to get a better understanding with Gabbidon though.

Tomas Repka
Footballing-wise fine. Spent a lot of the match being provoked by little pushes and niggles and reacted well. Then went and spoiled it by getting booked for kicking the ball away.

Paul Konchesky
A fine game. Desperately unlucky to find the Bolton ?EUR~keeper in great form towards the end of the match.

Anton Ferdinand
Another superb outing. Apparently he has an elder brother playing for some minor team up north. I wonder if he?EUR(TM)s any good? My MOTM.

Danny Gabbidon
Fairly solid but there was the occasional concentration lapse. Needs to sit down and have a chat with Carroll.

Hayden Mullins
Got his foot in well, had one goalbound shot blocked and won the penalty. On the debit side his shocking ball led directly to the second goal.

Nigel Reo-Coker
Some good spells but not as dominant as he has been in recent weeks.

Yossi Benayoun
As he comes to terms with the pace of the Premiership he is becoming more and more influential. Bolton?EUR(TM)s tactics should have brought home to him that he chose the right club to join.

Matthew Etherington

Marlon Harewood

Teddy Sheringham
The usual clever performance from young Edward who can look forward to a couple of weeks with his feet up.


Jeremie Aliadiere
(Replaced Etherington, 60) Came on in an unfamiliar right midfield spot for Etherington and his pace and skill suggested that he might be an important acquisition.

Bobby Zamora
(Replaced Harewood, 65) On for the hapless Harewood he nearly provided Sheringham a goal from his near post cross.

Elliott Ward
(Replaced Harewood, 65) Came on to add some height but his first action was to find himself horriby exposed by Mullins?EUR(TM) horror pass.

Shaka Hislop
Did not play.

Christian Dailly
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Roy Carroll, Tomas Repka, Paul Konchesky, Anton Ferdinand, Danny Gabbidon, Hayden Mullins, Nigel Reo-Coker, Yossi Benayoun, Matthew Etherington, Marlon Harewood, Teddy Sheringham.

Goals: None.

Booked: Tomas Repka 55          .

Sent Off: None sent off.     .

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Hunt, Pedersen, N'Gotty, Ben Haim, Nolan, Speed, Giannakopoulos, Okocha, Diouf, Davis.

Subs not used: Walker, Nakata.

Goals: Nolan (59), Campo (85).

Booked: Diouf (51), Davis (56), Giannakopoulos (62), Speed (76).

Sent off: None.

Referee: P.Dowd.

Attendance: 31,629.

Man of the Match: Anton Ferdinand.