FA Premeirship
West Ham United 1-0 Manchester City 

Saturday, 15th April 2006
by East Stand Martin

1.30 a.m. in downtown Mumbai and I knew that Gilo the Manc was worried. After bigging up his team’s prospects in the FA Cup and agreeing to watch the game, the northern monkey decided instead to get so wasted that he was poleaxed on his bed. It was his way of dodging the issue as no doubt he had seen the writing on the wall.

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Player Ratings

Jimmy Walker
Made two top-class saves, the one from Sinclair was a contender for save-of-the-season.

Lionel Scaloni
A really 'Jekyll and Hyde' performance. Sometimes dreadful, but made a goal-saving block from Samaras.

Paul Konchesky
Not bad but first touch, crossing and free-kicks all still poor.

Danny Gabbidon
Very imprressive, our best defender on the day.

James Collins
Did well, won a lot of headers.

Hayden Mullins
Excellent first half, faded a little in the second but played well.

Nigel Reo-Coker
Solid game, made some good runs as well.

Yossi Benayoun
Much better Yossi, dangerous throughout.

Shaun Newton
Very good effort - and a very well taken goal. Am I the only one wondering why we haven't used him when resting players earlier in the season?

Bobby Zamora
Great movement, and did brilliantly in setting up the only goal.

Dean Ashton
Really very poor today, should have been brought off at half time.


Marlon Harewood
(Replaced Zamora, 65) Did well but didn't make a major contribution.

Carl Fletcher
(Replaced Newton, 77) Not enough time to register.

Teddy Sheringham
(Replaced Ashton, 82) Not enough time to register.

Shaka Hislop
Did not play.

Yaniv Katan
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Jimmy Walker, Lionel Scaloni, Paul Konchesky, Danny Gabbidon, James Collins, Hayden Mullins, Nigel Reo-Coker, Yossi Benayoun, Shaun Newton, Bobby Zamora, Dean Ashton.

Goals: Shaun Newton 15                  .

Booked: None.           .

Sent Off: None.     .

Manchester City: James, Richards, Distin, Dunne, Thatcher, Reyna, Musampa, Riera, Sinclair, Samaras, Vassell.

Subs not used: Weaver, Wright-Phillips.

Goals: .

Booked: Reyna (35).

Sent off: None.

Referee: S.Bennett.

Attendance: 34,305.

Man of the Match: Jimmy Walker.