West Ham United 2 Tottenham Hotspur 1
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 RatingsShaka Hislop
No chance with the goal. Otherwise a fairly quiet game.
A decent match for Len, though he will probably not be first choice for Cardiff.
Showed he can link up as well with Yossi as he can with his normal oppo, Matty.
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.
Got my vote for HOTY and Kept Keane fairly quiet.
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.
More defensively-minded than usual ?EUR" a function of having Fletch alongside him. Good solid performance though.
Best outing in ages. Linked up well with Konch and the goal was a work of art.
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.
A bit of a mare, though not as bad as some were making out.
Sharp. Twice the player than the one who left Sp*rs a couple of years ago.
(Replaced Sheringham, 67) Made a nuisance when he came on for Teddy.
(Replaced Benayoun, 80) Showed a couple of good touches in the few minutes he was on.
Did not play.
Did not play.
Did not play.
Match FactsWest 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.
Man of the Match: Danny Gabbidon.