West Ham United 1-0 Manchester City
Saturday, 15th April 2006
by Gordon Thrower
Three more points and up to seventh but it might have been a lot different. It was a complicated start to the day what with my having possession of entry cards for a number of people, meaning that multiple meeting arrangements were necessary – how on earth did we ever manage before mobile telephones?
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Player RatingsJimmy Walker
Didn?EUR(TM)t exactly boss the six yard box in the first half but a number of superb saves earned us the points.
Generally solid but got caught out by Reira a few times towards the end.
Another decent run out ?EUR" some nice passes down the left though the understanding that has developed with Matty wasn?EUR(TM)t quite there with Yossi.
Remained firm throughout despite being on the end of a number of strange decisions from ref Bennett. One heart in mouth moment as he misjudged the bounce of a long ball.
Continues to improve though I would question the wisdom of allowing him to take free-kicks from the edge of the box!
We got half a performance from Hayden today. Whilst he got his foot in well the usual lay off wasn?EUR(TM)t there and he was occasionally guilty of dallying on the ball.
Not quite at the races today. Seemed to be a yard off the pace.
Another not at his best ?EUR" had one decent effort in the first half but much of the game passed him by, especially in the second half.
Fine goal and he obviously wanted to make the most of his rare start.
Excellent first half but starved of service in the second half he struggled to make an impression. At least he?EUR(TM)s stopped making the same runs as Ashton.
Worked hard but seemed to lack a bit of spark. At least he?EUR(TM)s stopped making the same runs as Zamora.
(Replaced Zamora, 65) Caused City a few niggles without ever really dominating the City defence.
(Replaced Newton, 77) Worked hard enough for the few minutes he was on.
(Replaced Ashton, 82) Not really given enough time to make much of an impression.
Did not play.
Did not play.
Match FactsWest 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.
Booked: Reyna (35).
Sent off: None.
Man of the Match: Jimmy Walker.