Manchester City 2 West Ham United 0
Saturday, 23rd September 2006
by East Stand Martin
It always gets a bit vague whenever I go up to Manchester. This is down to the fact that Gilo the Manc is a master in dragging me off to oblivion amongst the cut prize boozers that never seem to close their doors. Licensing laws? They’ve never heard of ‘em up there.
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Player RatingsRoy Carroll
He again made some good saves and was well beaten by Samaras. He was slow leaving his line for the second however, and his wayward kicking is infuriating.
Poor distribution and poor defending at both right-back and centre-back.
Poor defensively against Richards, poor control and poor passing.
We missed him when he went off. Hopefully not too bad an injury.
Ok, but missed Ferdinand more than any other player.
Decent passing but was mostly quiet.
If you want to go to Arsenal, be my guest. It is frustrating because we watched him destroy Barton here in March. Today he was dominated and a waste of time.
He looks dangerous but flatters to deceive, thanks to little end product. We need more from him at the moment.
His crossing was wide of the mark and Richards handled him easily. One of those games spent in hiding.
Didn't look confident the one time he had a chance to shoot and lost the opportunity. Failed to hold the ball up.
(Replaced Ferdinand, 22) We know he's not a right back and it was sad to see him there.
(Replaced Harewood, 65) On far too late.
(Replaced Mears, 67) Ditto.
Did not play.
Did not play.
Match FactsWest Ham United: Roy Carroll, Christian Dailly, Paul Konchesky, Anton Ferdinand, Danny Gabbidon, Javier Mascherano, Nigel Reo-Coker, Yossi Benayoun, Matthew Etherington, Bobby Zamora, Marlon Harewood.
Booked: None booked. .
Sent Off: None sent off. .
Manchester City: Weaver, Richards, Dunne, Distin, Jordan, Barton, Hamann, Sinclair, Miller, Samaras, Corradi..
Subs not used: Hart, Beasley.
Goals: Samaras (50, 63).
Booked: None booked..
Sent off: None.
Man of the Match: Anton Ferdinand.