West Ham United 3-3 Fulham 

Saturday, 13th January 2007
by East Stand Martin

They were all there waiting for me in the East Stand. All looking smug as f*ck. “Look, here comes ESM fresh back from a trip to Australia to watch the cricket. Did you have a nice time?”. Yes, very f*cking funny.

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Player Ratings

Roy Carroll
I'm not sure why he plays ahead of Green- I'd assumed last week was just a run out, and I remain unconvinced about Carroll, although anyone would given what was playing in front of him. But his distribution is poor, he doesn't really command the area and even his shot stopping is fairly average.

Christian Dailly
I thought he had a good game, although he's always on the brink of disaster. Realistically he is not good enough, and it's always worrying when he looks better than others.

George McCartney
I thought he was abysmal. From the needless first corner, to simply his hesitancy in defence... I prefer Konchesky, and that's saying something!

James Collins
Clearly not fit. A centre half appears a must after today.

Danny Gabbidon
A good game, yet these injuries are so frustrating.

Nigel Quashie
He couldn't trap a bag of cement and his set pieces are poor. But he has energy, gets stuck in and is a driving force. Again, I'd like to see one more signing here, but for ??1.5m, he was ok.

Nigel Reo-Coker
Now I know we all hate him, and so do I, but his attitude was spot on today and I thought he battled hard. Personally I think he lacks ability and did today, but credit where credit's due, he did the simple things. I still don't want to see him in the side though.

Yossi Benayoun
That was his best game of the season. He oozed class - shame it's come in January.

Luis Boa Morte
Should have scored twice. I like his battling qualities, but feel that Fulham more or less kicked him out of the game. I haven't mentioned how much I hate them, their horrible tactics, Michael Brown, that French left back, their manager, Michael Brown and their fan. It's A LOT.

Carlton Cole
Lacks quality and vision- but he's awkward, set up a goal and tries hard. I think he was holding his hamstring as the lone striker, perhaps explaining the less than 100% effort then though...

Carlos Tevez
Terrified them once, then got injured in the same move. Oh well.


Jonathan Spector
(Replaced Collins, 11) Abysmal. He had no positional sense, couldn't handle their attack at all and his heading was atrocious.

Bobby Zamora
(Replaced Tevez, 13) Cup your ear to the fans will you? Why I oughta... Clearly a legend in his own mind, although he took his goal well. One of his better games, but really, with Poll on the pitch he should have known better.

Shaun Newton
(Replaced Gabbidon, 81) Please join me in a prayer for him never ever to play right back again.

Robert Green
Did not play.

Hayden Mullins
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Roy Carroll, Christian Dailly, George McCartney, James Collins, Danny Gabbidon, Nigel Quashie, Nigel Reo-Coker, Yossi Benayoun, Luis Boa Morte, Carlton Cole, Carlos Tevez.

Goals: Bobby Zamora 28 Yossi Benayoun 46 Yossi Benayoun 64              .

Booked: Nigel Reo-Coker 35 Carlton Cole 90        .

Sent Off: Bobby Zamora 76    .

Fulham: Lastuvka, Volz, Rosenior, Christanval, Bocanegra, Queudrue, Brown, Routledge, Helguson, McBride, Radzinski.

Subs not used: Warner, Pearce, Omuzusi, Runstrom.

Goals: Radzinski (17), McBride (59), Christanval (90).

Booked: Christanval (6), Queudrue (22), Rosenior (38), Helguson (67), Bocanegra (77), Routledge (84).

Sent off: None.

Referee: G.Poll.

Attendance: 34,977.

Man of the Match: Yossi Benayoun.