Sunderland 1 West Ham United 1
Saturday, 1st October 2005
by Gordon Thrower
Nice weekend shame about the football!
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Player RatingsRoy Carroll
Had a long go at his defenders in a Schmeichel-esque rant. Despite the territorial domination by our opponents he wasn?EUR(TM)t really tested and dealt comfortably with the few shots that were thrown at him.
Poor by his recent standards. I can?EUR(TM)t remember seeing anyone fall over as much since the bad old days of David Kelly.
Not as impressive as of late and may have been fortunate to remain on the pitch following the tackle on Lawrence.
Seemed to have his mind elsewhere ?EUR" not as focussed as normal and his distribution seemed to have gone to pot for the evening. An off day.
The only defender to really seem comfortable on the night. Just as well given that his colleagues weren?EUR(TM)t at the races.
Got a few tackles in but, by his recent standards, he was fairly subdued.
Had a frustrating 90 minutes and struggled to cope with the opposition midfield.
Tried and tried without ever really dominating the opposition. Superb finish for the goal though.
Of late when he hasn?EUR(TM)t been giving the opposition a hard time he has at least been putting in the effort defensively, However he was largely anonymous both in defence and attack. Worrying.
Another who huffed and puffed to little effect. Perhaps ought to have done better with his effort in the first half.
His one real contribution was to miss what by his standards was a sitter ?EUR" though his first touch to set himself up was class.
(Replaced Sheringham, 61) A lively run out without ever looking particularly dangerous.
(Replaced Etherington, 67) Good run-out and rarely lets us down when he comes on.
(Replaced Repka, 67) Football genius came on and calmed things down a lot during the closing stages.
Did not play.
Did not play.
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.
Goals: Yossi Benayoun 70 .
Booked: Danny Gabbidon 44 Paul Konchesky 52 Shaun Newton 73 Yossi Benayoun 79 Nigel Reo-Coker 90 .
Sent Off: None sent off. .
Sunderland: Davis, Hoyte, Nosworthy, Breen, Caldwell, Whitehead, Basilla, Miller, Welsh, Elliott, Gray.
Subs not used: J.Murphy, Collins, Le Tallec.
Goals: Miller (45).
Booked: Caldwell (90).
Sent off: None.
Man of the Match: Yossi Benayoun.