Birmingham City 0-1 West Ham United 

Saturday, 18th August 2007
by East Stand Martin

This might go down like a cup of cold sick with our new package tour shirt sponsor but I am beginning to think that those anti-climate change protestors camped at Heathrow might have hit the nail on the head.

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Player Ratings

Robert Green
Robinson, James and Carson are in the England squad. No, really.

Jonathan Spector
Much better than last week though he still must be considered as a stand-in until Neill is fit again.

George McCartney
Solid ?EUR" though one misplaced pass put Mullins in a position where he had no option to pick up a yellow.

Anton Ferdinand
Another much better performance ?EUR" one early lapse in concentration apart he focussed on getting there and getting rid.

Matthew Upson
Solid enough but distribution was a bit suspect on a day when the passing was much improved.

Mark Noble
At the heart of much that was good. Did the right thing at the right time and kept a cool head for the penalty.

Hayden Mullins
Solid and unspectacular. Got his foot in and laid it off.

Kieron Dyer
Did enough to suggest he might be a useful acquisition but lack of time with his new team-mates was all-too apparent.

Matthew Etherington
Continued on from the promising spell last week which was strangely curtailed by his shift to left-back.

Craig Bellamy
Full of running and a constant threat to the home defence. A goal or two is next on the agenda.

Bobby Zamora
Time for shooting practice methinks. Got into a number of promising positions only to finish poorly.


Danny Gabbidon
(Replaced Spector, 86) Only on for a few minutes but got a good block in.

Jimmy Walker
Did not play.

Lee Bowyer
Did not play.

Luis Boa Morte
Did not play.

Dean Ashton
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Robert Green, Jonathan Spector, George McCartney, Anton Ferdinand, Matthew Upson, Mark Noble, Hayden Mullins, Kieron Dyer, Matthew Etherington, Craig Bellamy, Bobby Zamora.

Goals: Mark Noble 70                  .

Booked: Hayden Mullins 6 Jonathan Spector 44        .

Sent Off: None sent off.     .

Birmingham City: Doyle, Parnaby, Jaidi, Ridgewell, Kelly, Larsson, Muamba, Nafti, Kapo, O'Connor, Forssell.

Subs not used: Vine, Taylor.

Goals: .

Booked: Parnaby (35), Nafti (55), Ridgewell (69), Kapo (73).

Sent off: None.

Referee: M.Halsey.

Attendance: 24,961.

Man of the Match: Mark Noble.