West Ham United 0 Arsenal 0
Saturday, 24th September 2005
by Gordon Thrower
Two sides noted for noted for scoring this season? It was always destined for 0-0 wasn’t it!
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Player RatingsRoy Carroll
One decent save in the first half but in truth he was barely tested.
Fairly solid though his distribution was sometimes not at its best. Nearly talked himself into trouble with the idiot Dean.
A fine game. Back on form after a slight blip last week at Fulham.
Impressive. The bloke who discovered both Anton and the other chap drinks in my local and has always maintained that Anton is the better footballer. This statement is beginning to raise fewer eyebrows than it used to.
On a day when there were a number of excellent performances at the back Gabbidon shaded it for the MOTM award for me. A lot of Premiership sides had a look at him at Cardiff and weren?EUR(TM)t sure. Their loss!
Recovered from an early tendency to dwell on the ball getting caught in possession to put in another fine effort.
Circumstances dictated a more defensive role for NRC for much of the day today. He stuck to his task and was able to instigate the occasional foray forward.
At the risk of repeating myself, for one so skilful he puts in an amazing amount of work when we haven?EUR(TM)t got the ball. Another referee ?EUR" i.e. one not as corrupt as Dean- would have given the penalty his efforts deserved.
Matty got through a major amount of work. Not as eye-catching as he can be going forward but nevertheless caused the odd problem going forward on occasion.
Battled bravely against the twin opponents of Arsenal?EUR(TM)s defence and the idiot Dean. No doubt his lack of a goal will prompt the odd insane moan from those who like to do so but he will rarely work so hard for no reward.
Having had a nice rest young Edward came back in and was unlucky not to get his name on the scoresheet. As usual there was the odd occasion that had one yearning for a pair of younger legs but, on a day when hard work was required he didn?EUR(TM)t go missing.
(Replaced Sheringham, 80) Looked lively when replacing young Edward but perhaps ought to have done better with the late header.
(Replaced Etherington, 84) A deceptive player. His main role as sub seems to be to provide a more defensive focus to the right side of midfield and though he does this well, he is surprisingly tricky when going forward too.
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Match FactsWest 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.
Booked: Teddy Sheringham 55 Tomas Repka 61 .
Sent Off: None sent off. .
Arsenal: Lehmann, Toure, Cole, Campbell, Lauren, Gilberto, Fabregas, Ljungberg, Hleb, Reyes, Van Persie.
Subs not used: Almunia, Cygan.
Booked: None booked..
Sent off: None.
Man of the Match: Danny Gabbidon.