West Ham United 2-1 Blackburn Rovers 

Sunday, 29th October 2006
by East Stand Martin

One West Ham fan had more on his plate than most of us this week. You may have seen him on ‘Family Brat Camp’. I felt for the bloke – he had the daughter from hell and was trudging through the wilderness trying to get her back on track.

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Player Ratings

Robert Green
One fantastic point-blank save when the score was still 1-0 and another commanding performance that deserved a clean sheet. If his defenders hadn't fallen asleep as Bentley strolled in unattended in the final minute it would have been.

Jonathan Spector
An excellent performance defensively - although he needs to learn how to deliver a cross.

George McCartney
Some good challenges and one or two nice touches but found himself dangerously out of position on a couple of occasions.

Anton Ferdinand
Back to his best, calm, assured and inspirational. A definite contender for the captaincy (in the unlikely event that Pardew ever drops Reo-Coker).

Danny Gabbidon
A massive improvement on last Tuesday night although he will face a lot better in the weeks and months to come.

Hayden Mullins
Reasonably anonymous although he made several vital tackles and interceptions. His late goal proved to be the winner; full marks for persistence and determination.

Nigel Reo-Coker
Better ... but still offered relatively little as an attacking force.

Yossi Benayoun
His one major contribution was the cross for the opening goal. Apart from that he offered little.

Matthew Etherington
Failed to deliver one decent cross all afternoon whilst a lack of concentration almost allowed Khizanishvili in for an equaliser. Lucas Neill won't have many easier afternoons this season.

Teddy Sheringham
The old warhorse banged home the goal to calm the nerves but failed to have much of an influence on the game as a whole.

Bobby Zamora
Doesn't hold the ball up, doesn't threaten the opposition and doesn't score any more. Doesn't make sense why he's still in the team.


Marlon Harewood
(Replaced Sheringham, 77) Looked lively and up for it, still a better option than either of the two who started up front.

Lee Bowyer
(Replaced Benayoun, 81) Back from injury and real competition for those who have strolled through games of late.

Christian Dailly
(Replaced McCartney, 89) A most bizarre substitution (central midfielder on for left-back?) that almost cost us the game.

Roy Carroll
Did not play.

Javier Mascherano
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Robert Green, Jonathan Spector, George McCartney, Anton Ferdinand, Danny Gabbidon, Hayden Mullins, Nigel Reo-Coker, Yossi Benayoun, Matthew Etherington, Teddy Sheringham, Bobby Zamora.

Goals: Teddy Sheringham 21 Hayden Mullins 80                .

Booked: George McCartney 23          .

Sent Off: None sent off.     .

Blackburn Rovers: Friedel, Neill, Gray, Khizanishvili, Ooijer, Mokoena, Tugay, Bentley, Peter, McCarthy, Roberts..

Subs not used: Brown, Henchoz..

Goals: Bentley (90)..

Booked: Peter (58)..

Sent off: None.

Referee: A. Wiley.

Attendance: 33,833.

Man of the Match: Robert Green.