FA Premiership
West Ham United 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur 

Sunday, 7th May 2006
by Gordon Thrower

Those of us old enough to remember the days of David Coleman on the box will remember his use, some say over-use, of the same two or three adjectives to describe, well everything. High on the list of these used to be the word “extraordinary”, usually preceded by a strange note of hesitation that sounded like the irritating moped that some of the kids round here like to ride. Or a Moulinex food blender. I was reminded of the Colman-meister when being asked what the day had been like and I found myself replying “errrrrr extraordinary”.

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Player Ratings

Shaka Hislop
No chance with the goal. Otherwise a fairly quiet game.

Lionel Scaloni
A decent match for Len, though he will probably not be first choice for Cardiff.

Paul Konchesky
Showed he can link up as well with Yossi as he can with his normal oppo, Matty.

Anton Ferdinand
I must admit that, as well as Ginge has done when he?EUR(TM)s played I do like the Anton and Gabbidon pairing in the middle. I expect nton wil be back on the right by Cardiff though.

Danny Gabbidon
Got my vote for HOTY and Kept Keane fairly quiet.

Carl Fletcher
Told to play his own game and he did. Whether he gets the nod next week remains to be seen but he did his cause no harm at all.

Nigel Reo-Coker
More defensively-minded than usual ?EUR" a function of having Fletch alongside him. Good solid performance though.

Yossi Benayoun
Best outing in ages. Linked up well with Konch and the goal was a work of art.

Shaun Newton
A fine game ?EUR" 10K must be knackered. Well I certainly can?EUR(TM)t remember when he last played 90. Cardiff slot will depend on Matty?EUR(TM)s fitness I suspect.

Teddy Sheringham
A bit of a mare, though not as bad as some were making out.

Bobby Zamora
Sharp. Twice the player than the one who left Sp*rs a couple of years ago.


Marlon Harewood
(Replaced Sheringham, 67) Made a nuisance when he came on for Teddy.

Kyel Reid
(Replaced Benayoun, 80) Showed a couple of good touches in the few minutes he was on.

Jimmy Walker
Did not play.

Christian Dailly
Did not play.

James Collins
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Shaka Hislop, Lionel Scaloni, Paul Konchesky, Anton Ferdinand, Danny Gabbidon, Carl Fletcher, Nigel Reo-Coker, Yossi Benayoun, Shaun Newton, Teddy Sheringham, Bobby Zamora.

Goals: Carl Fletcher 10 Yossi Benayoun 80                .

Booked: Shaun Newton 45          .

Sent Off: None sent off.     .

Tottenham Hotspur: Robinson, Kelly, Dawson, Gardner, Lee, Lennon, Tainio, Carrick, Davids, Keane, Defoe.

Subs not used: Reid (Carrick 63), Barnard (Lee 77), Davenport (Tainio 86).

Goals: Defoe (35).

Booked: None booked..

Sent off: None.

Referee: H.Webb.

Attendance: 34,970.

Man of the Match: Danny Gabbidon.