West Ham United 1 West Bromwich Albion 0
Saturday, 5th November 2005
by Gordon Thrower
Remember when we used to always look good value at home? Well whisper it but it’s getting to be quite like old times at the Boleyn. A Saturday kick-off at 3.00pm (ok 3.10pm due to traffic on the A13), a near as makes no difference full-house and even an appearance of the legendary Mr Moon all added to the somewhat retro atmosphere on the day.
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Player RatingsShaka Hislop
Looked confident throughout up to the bang on the head. Looked groggy afterwards.
Apart from one early error when he dived in to let Kamara in, this was another fine home effort. Loved the celebration with Pardew for the goal!
Yet another excellent run out for Konch. With a bit of luck he might have to miss out on the team?EUR(TM)s team bonding session in Spain due to being required by England in Geneva.
Nothing much seems to faze this guy. When the opposition plays the ball on the floor he?EUR(TM)s comfortable. When they throw it up in the air he?EUR(TM)s equally happy. Excellent match.
Like Repka he had one silly moment when he allowed Earnshaw to get a cross in. However he knuckled down after that and had another good match.
Ran his legs off and performed that breaking up role in the middle superbly.
Was having a decent match until injury curtailed his afternoon. The way the match developed after he went spoke volumes for his influence.
Not as dominant as he can be he still played some nice touches and caused a few problems.
Well taken goal that, as ever, owed as much to Young Edward?EUR(TM)s speed of thought rather than his, er, legendary pace over the ground.
A bright start but faded as the match wore on until disappearing from view in the second half.
A lot of running but yet another frustrating afternoon in front of goal.
(Replaced Reo-Coker, 45) A fine performance in the middle ?EUR" when we needed to get stuck in he was there and he played a major part in the goal.
(Replaced Hislop, 60) We used to have a ?EUR~keeper called Bywater ?EUR" this one looked a lot like him only this one can kick! Made a couple of useful saves when coming on for Hislop.
(Replaced Benayoun, 90) Given a few minutes at the end. Not really enough time to make an impression, though he may also have been confused by the fact that he had replaced Yossi rather than Etherington for once!
Did not play.
Did not play.
Match FactsWest Ham United: Shaka Hislop, Tomas Repka, Paul Konchesky, Danny Gabbidon, Anton Ferdinand, Hayden Mullins, Nigel Reo-Coker, Yossi Benayoun, Teddy Sheringham, Matthew Etherington, Marlon Harewood.
Goals: Teddy Sheringham 56 .
Booked: Christian Dailly 88 Hayden Mullins 89 .
Sent Off: None sent off. .
West Bromwich Albion: Kuszczak, Albrechtsen, Wallwork, Davies, Clement, Watson, Greening, Inamoto, Earnshaw, Kamara, Kanu.
Subs not used: Hoult, Carter, Moore.
Booked: None booked..
Sent off: None.
Man of the Match: Hayden Mullins.