West Ham United 0-1 Watford
Saturday, 27th January 2007
by Gordon Thrower
Oh well that’s that over for another year. Whilst last year we went out with a bang having outplayed the then reigning European champions (albeit the streakiest team ever to hold that somewhat devalued title), this year we left the FA Cup with hardly a whimper.
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Player RatingsRoy Carroll
The difference between the sides. In any other career (other than that of Home Office Civil Servant possibly) a mistake that bad would see the perpetrator demoted. I hope the boss is as quick to replace Carroll with Green as he was to make the corresponding decision after Reading.
Some promising stuff marred by a silly yellow card and of course the injury that means we won?EUR(TM)t be seeing too much of him for a bit.
Did ok ?EUR" though I?EUR(TM)d like to see more work on building up some sort of partnership with Boa Morte on the left ?EUR" like the one between Konchesky and Etherington that used to work well once upon a time.
Battling performance from the old war horse against the sort of side who he usually does well against.
Considering the relative lack of threat from the opposition he looked very uncomfortable.
Didn?EUR(TM)t bring much to the table that Mullins might otherwise have provided in my opinion.
Felt a little sorry for him as he made a number of decent runs only to be ignored by team-mates. However, when he was given the ball he failed to make much of an impression.
Got into one promising position and really should have scored. Otherwise looked worth about as much as his original transfer fee.
Luis Boa Morte
You want your left winger to take people on, get crosses in, create. One burst through the middle that fed Newton apart, he didn?EUR(TM)t really do that.
Lots of running and chasing lost causes, though often this was as a result of him having lost the ball himself.
Poor finishing when in good positions. Not for the first time this season.
(Replaced Neill, 48) Okay going forward, not really tested defensively - though he was well out of position in the build-up to Watford?EUR(TM)s only effort of the second half.
(Replaced Newton, 65) No real influence on the game but the die had been cast by the time he arrived.
(Replaced Boa Morte, 77) Looked a bit lively but there was little substance to his contribution for the few minutes he was on.
Did not play.
Did not play.
Match FactsWest Ham United: Roy Carroll, Lucas Neill, George McCartney, Christian Dailly, Jonathan Spector, Nigel Quashie, Nigel Reo-Coker, Shaun Newton, Luis Boa Morte, Carlton Cole, Bobby Zamora.
Booked: Lucas Neill 44 Carlton Cole 55 .
Sent Off: None sent off. .
Watford: Foster, Mariappa, Stewart, Demerit, Mackay, McNamee, Bangura, Bouazza, Francis, Smith, Henderson.
Subs not used: Chamberlain, Kabbam Doyley, Baltacha.
Goals: McNamee (42).
Booked: None booked..
Sent off: None.
Man of the Match: Christian Dailly.