Tottenham Hotspur 1 West Ham United 0
Sunday, 22nd October 2006
by Gordon Thrower
Cold wet damp fed up. What started as a pleasant day in the company of Upton Girlie, young Tomas and various members of the Upton family ended up with us getting drenched and losing to another very ordinary side.
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Player RatingsRobert Green
A good confident start with a couple of fine saves. I feel happier with him already.
Good to see him back though he should have been a lot tighter on Mido for the goal.
Given a torrid time by Lennon but battled well and made a few well-timed challenges later on.
The best of the back 4 though might have got a bit closer to Mido for the goal.
The timing of the challenge on Keane was superb. A bit more solid than of late.
Solid enough but still lacks quality in distribution.
One run ended up by a hack and that was it. Failed to get the pace of the game and was caught in possession time and time again. Traditionally League Cup matches are used to give players a break and give squad players a run out. This could be the opportunity to try something different in the middle because he?EUR(TM)s giving us nothing at the moment.
Dwelt on the ball far too much and misplaced pass after pass.
A few twists and turns here and there early on but failed to influence proceedings at all.
Worked hard but his touch lacked conviction.
Worked hard but what the hell was our centre-forward doing taking corners late on?
(Replaced Mascherano, 68) Looked lively. I?EUR(TM)d like to see him given a free role behind a front two sometime ?EUR" but the way things are we may have to wait.
(Replaced Benayoun, 78) Won one header after which his touch was awful.
(Replaced Harewood, 82) A bit unfortunate to see his header cleared otherwise little to note.
Did not play.
Did not play.
Match FactsWest Ham United: Robert Green, John Paintsil, Paul Konchesky, Anton Ferdinand, Danny Gabbidon, Hayden Mullins, Nigel Reo-Coker, Javier Mascherano, Yossi Benayoun, Marlon Harewood, Bobby Zamora.
Booked: Paul Konchesky 32 Javier Mascherano 43 Marlon Harewood 45 John Paintsil 90 .
Sent Off: None sent off. .
Tottenham Hotspur: Robinson, Chimbonda, Assou-Ekotto, Dawson, King, Huddlestone, Jenas, Lennon, Davids, Mido, Defoe..
Subs not used: Cerny, Gardner, Murphy..
Goals: Mido (45)..
Booked: Defoe (44), Mido (49), Davids (86)..
Sent off: None.
Man of the Match: Robert Green.