West Ham United 1-0 Sheffield United 

Saturday, 25th November 2006
by East Stand Martin

I witnessed a fellow Eaststander purchase from the stadium ‘catering’ what could only be described as a toxic cup of coffee before the game today. There was something truly disgusting floating on the surface. “Now you know what killed that Russian geezer in the week”, I said as I handed out the number for NHS Direct.

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Player Ratings

Robert Green
One good save, a few less testing ones but might be a tad lucky to have got away with the disallowed goal.

Jonathan Spector
Continues to impress on the right.

Paul Konchesky
Ok on the ground but lost out a lot in the air where he was targeted by the opposition.

Anton Ferdinand
Battled well and dealt with the route one stuff admirably.

Danny Gabbidon
Was playing well up to his untimely finish. Hopefully his hamstring problem isn?EUR(TM)t as bad as it looks.

Hayden Mullins
Another excellent performance capped with a deserved goal. harshly booked.

Nigel Reo-Coker
Got into promising positions on a number of occasions only to muff the shot.

Lee Bowyer
Seemed a yard off the pace and slipped over a lot ?EUR" I know it was wet but other players didn?EUR(TM)t seem to have the same problem.

Matthew Etherington
A lot of hard work on both wings. Nice corner for the goal.

Carlos Tevez
Continues to improve and can consider himself unlucky to be sacrificed towards the end. May be a few grand out of pocket on Monday though.

Bobby Zamora
A lot of running and hard work but the time is approaching when that won?EUR(TM)t be enough ?EUR" never really looked like scoring.


George McCartney
(Replaced Gabbidon, 64) Coped alright once he?EUR(TM)d settled down alongside Anton.

Teddy Sheringham
(Replaced Tevez, 66) Some good touches and nearly set up Harewood.

Marlon Harewood
(Replaced Zamora, 73) Put himself about a bit but ought to have nicked the second when through on goal.

Gabor Kiraly
Did not play.

Yossi Benayoun
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: Hayden Mullin 36                  .

Booked: Hayden Mulins 83 Lee Bowyer 86        .

Sent Off: None sent off.     .

Sheffield United: Kenny, Kozluk, Jagielka, Geary, Leigertwood, Davis, Law, Quinn, Montgomery, Gillespie, Hulse.

Subs not used: Morgan, Bromby.

Goals: .

Booked: Montgomery (29), Hulse (58), Gillespie (58), Kozluk (66).

Sent off: None.

Referee: A.Riley.

Attendance: 34,454.

Man of the Match: Hayden Mullins.