Chelsea 1-0 West Ham United 

Saturday, 18th November 2006
by Gordon Thrower

I really do have to stop making little throwaway comments as I leave the house on matchday – all too often they seem to be coming true to our detriment. This week’s howler as I left the lovely girlfriend was something along the lines of “As long as we don’t end up losing 1-0 thanks to Mike Dean’s usual incompetence in the face or Chelsea’s usual penchant for blatant cheating I’ll be happy”. OK I may not have used the word penchant but in every way the rest of the prediction came true. We lost 1-0 thanks to a Drogba dived that the corrupt/incompetent cretin Dean fell for.

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Player Ratings

Robert Green
Rarely can an away ?EUR~keeper have been tested as little at Stamford Bridge ?EUR" though there was a wee question mark over his positioning for the goal.

Jonathan Spector
Stuck to his task well without ever quite dominating his man.

Paul Konchesky
Continued improvement from a rocky start to the season ?EUR" Matty?EUR(TM)s improvement can be linked to the renewal of their partnership out on the left.

Anton Ferdinand
Another solid game against star-studded opposition. Managed to do all that without moaning at the ref. Terry take note.

Danny Gabbidon
Another one who is improving after not the best of starts. Shouldn?EUR(TM)t have sneezed so close to Drogba though ?EUR" well there has to be some reason why he went down so easily.

Hayden Mullins
Not overawed by the opposition and not afraid to dish out a spot of revenge when the law enforcement task proved to be beyond Dean.

Nigel Reo-Coker
Battled hard but was somewhat distracted by the somewhat cynical wind-up efforts of Drogba, though thankfully he stopped short of landing the right-hander that the Duane Dibley look-alike richly deserved.

Lee Bowyer
Another who got little reward for his efforts ?EUR" Dean being particularly lenient in regard of some of the late challenges that went his way. There again, given the fact that Dean regards a broken jaw as ok where Bowyer?EUR(TM)s concerned we should be thankful for small mercies.

Matthew Etherington
In the game a lot more though didn?EUR(TM)t quite have the beating of his man. He?EUR(TM)ll get more out of lesser opposition.

Carlos Tevez
Not a performance of the eye-catching breathtaking variety that we?EUR(TM)ve been waiting for but he worked incredibly hard and did a lot of the defensive donkey work on the right. Candidate for softest booking of the season.

Bobby Zamora
Ran and ran and ran and ran to keep the home back four on their toes. Barely looked like scoring however.


Marlon Harewood
(Replaced Zamora, 71) Harried and hassled as best he could but didn?EUR(TM)t really look like scoring.

Teddy Sheringham
(Replaced Bowyer, 81) A couple of nice lay-offs but otherwise nothing to write home about.

George McCartney
(Replaced Etherington, 81) Got into a couple of good left wing positions but, as has been our problem for a while, the cross was lacking.

Gabor Kiraly
Did not play.

Christian Dailly
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Robert Green, Jonathan Spector, Paul Konchesky, Anton Ferdinand, Danny Gabbidon, Hayden Mullins, Nigel Reo-Coker, Lee Bowyer, Matthew Etherington, Carlos Tevez, Bobby Zamora.

Goals: None.

Booked: Danny Gabbidon 21 Nigel Reo-Coker 68 Hayden Mullins 71 Carlos Tevez 74    .

Sent Off: None sent off.     .

Chelsea: Cudicini, Geremi, Carvalho, Terry, Cole, Makelele, Essien, Lampard, Robben, Drogba, Shevchenko..

Subs not used: Hilario, Wright-Phillips..

Goals: Geremi (22)..

Booked: Lampard (18)..

Sent off: None.

Referee: M.Dean.

Attendance: 41,916.

Man of the Match: Danny Gabbidon.