Watford 1-1 West Ham United 

Tuesday, 22nd August 2006
by Gordon Thrower

Remember the Championship? Yeah me too. Horrible wasn’t it. Sorry to drag up bad memories of the not too distant past but this match was a nasty flashback of an era I hope we have left behind.

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Player Ratings

Roy Carroll
Looked comfortable enough. The goal was unstoppable and Anton owes him a pint.

John Paintsil
Looked fine going forward but defensively had a hard game ?EUR" especially in the second half when Watford targeted him in the air.

Paul Konchesky
At the heart of much that was good attacking-wise. Battled well at the back.

Anton Ferdinand

Danny Gabbidon
Had an injury-interrupted pre-season and doesn?EUR(TM)t seem to have quite got match fit yet. In particular his anticipation seems to be a little off at the moment. A few more games and he?EUR(TM)ll be fine. Hopefully.

James Collins
Seemed to relish the aerial battle and won more than his fair share of headers.

Hayden Mullins
Got his foot in well when the ball was on the ground but the pressing game of the home side saw him rush many of his passes.

Nigel Reo-Coker
Still not quite back from holiday. Struggled to make any sort of impact.

Lee Bowyer
Not as effective as he had been against Charlton. Probably because, like the rest of us, he had to spend much of the game watching the ball pass over at him 30,000 feet.

Bobby Zamora
The Premiership?EUR(TM)s top scorer at time of writing. In the build-up you?EUR(TM)d see him do something really difficult and then follow it with something daft. Got into that space twixt ?EUR~keeper and defence really well for the goal ?EUR" again.

Marlon Harewood
Battled gamely but lacked influence.


Yossi Benayoun
(Replaced Gabbidon, 66) Took a few minutes to get going but looked dangerous in spells.

Teddy Sheringham
(Replaced Harewood, 66) Some good touches which made it a little easier to play football ?EUR" it?EUR(TM)s much easier to have a passing game if you think that there?EUR(TM)s a chance that the ball might not come straight back from the front. Link play was excellent.

Carlton Cole
(Replaced Zamora, 83) Disgraceful. He has now gone about seven minutes without a goal! Not really given much time to influence things.

Jimmy Walker
Did not play.

Christian Dailly
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Roy Carroll, John Paintsil, Paul Konchesky, Anton Ferdinand, Danny Gabbidon, James Collins, Hayden Mullins, Nigel Reo-Coker, Lee Bowyer, Bobby Zamora, Marlon Harewood.

Goals: Bobby Zamora 65                  .

Booked: None booked.           .

Sent Off: None sent off.     .

Watford: Foster, Doyley, DeMerit, Shittu, Powell, Francis, Mahon, Bouazza, Young, King, Henderson.

Subs not used: Lee, Stewart, Mackay.

Goals: King (63).

Booked: None booked..

Sent off: None.

Referee: M.Atkinson.

Attendance: 18,344.

Man of the Match: Roy Carroll.