Fulham 0 West Ham United 0
Saturday, 23rd December 2006
by Gordon Thrower
By all normal standards I ought to be happy at another clean sheet and a well-deserved away point. However, despite the much-improved away performance there was nagging feeling that we should have come away with more.
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Player RatingsRobert Green
When the ball is hung up in the air you always get the impression he?EUR(TM)s going to win it. He did. McLaren won?EUR(TM)t drop Robinson but maybe he ought to think about it.
Occasionally guilty of giving his man a little too much space but stuck to his task.
Better. And if his appeal against the most ridiculous sending off since Dermot Gallagher sent the same player off at Newcastle last season the FA is more corrupt than we thought.
Excellent at the back. Kept it simple and coped well despite a tendency for opposition forwards to leave their foot in on him.
Better than he was given credit for, he made things difficult for the opposition strike force, which is all you can expect from the old war-horse these days. I?EUR(TM)d just like it on record that I don?EUR(TM)t really want curly hair too.
Guilty of dwelling on the ball a bit too much today. A couple of good clearances at the end though.
Appears to be improving with his option selection ?EUR" he passed a lot more when you wanted him to and often held on to the ball at the right time too.
A lot of running about, the main purpose of which seemed to be to get needlessly involved in a series of niggles.
Got up and down the left a lot but never seemed to quite have the measure of his full-back.
Gave his markers a hard time but should have done better with the shot that hit the post.
Never really looked like scoring I?EUR(TM)m afraid. Tried his heart out but there comes a time when that simply isn?EUR(TM)t enough.
(Replaced Bowyer, 58) Lively but his shot when one-on-one with Niemi was at a comfortable height for the ?EUR~keeper.
(Replaced Zamora, 69) I can see the logic behind replacing Zamora with Teddy but it didn?EUR(TM)t really work today.
(Replaced Harewood, 85) Given five minutes to shore up the defence following the ref?EUR(TM)s mental aberration.
Did not play.
Did not play.
Match FactsWest Ham United: Robert Green, Jonathan Spector, Paul Konchesky, Anton Ferdinand, Christian Dailly, Hayden Mullins, Nigel Reo-Coker, Lee Bowyer, Matthew Etherington, Marlon Harewood, Bobby Zamora.
Booked: Jonathan Spector 26 Nigel Reo-Coker 69 .
Sent Off: Paul Konchesky 84 .
Fulham: Niemi, Rosenior, Bocanegra, Christanval, Queudrue, Volz, Brown, Routledge, Radzinski, Helguson, McBride.
Subs not used: Lastuvka, Runstrom, Omozusi, Jensen, Zakuani.
Booked: Helguson (39).
Sent off: None.
Man of the Match: Robert Green.