Reading 0-3 West Ham United 

Saturday, 1st September 2007
by Gordon Thrower

Another week and another match against a club with a lying hypocrite for a chairman. Though the town is easy to get to, Reading away is a horrible trip.

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Player Ratings

Robert Green
Generally solid though a knock seemed to restrict him a bit in the second half. Fine penalty save ?EUR" if only he hadn?EUR(TM)t given it away to start off with!

Lucas Neill
Another good one from the skipper who could easily have found himself wound-up by Lita?EUR(TM)s antics ?EUR" but didn?EUR(TM)t.

George McCartney

Anton Ferdinand
Outstanding. Just shows what one can do with a bit of concentration and the intelligence to deal with things as simply as possible. Won just about everything against Lita.

Matthew Upson
Is this a defensive partnership I see developing before me? Hope so. Won some important headers.

Hayden Mullins
Another one of those unsung hero performances that, whilst they don?EUR(TM)t catch the eye, are so important for the side.

Mark Noble
Circumstances dictated a more defensive role for the youngster today. Not found wanting ?EUR" though he ought to have had a goal in the first half.

Lee Bowyer
One of the few disappointments on the day ?EUR" fine ball for the first goal but little else that he tried subsequently came off. Another who should have scored.

Matthew Etherington
Two fine goals after a goal-free spell that lasted over a season. Bonehead is convinced he won?EUR(TM)t get another this season. A pint says he will!

Craig Bellamy
Lots of running and at the heart of most that was good about our play on the break. Fine goal.

Dean Ashton
The only other real disappointment on the day ?EUR" not quite ready yet but the minutes under his belt will help.


Carlton Cole
(replaced Ashton, 64) Surprisingly half-decent run-out ?EUR" though he perhaps ought to have bagged a couple.

Jonathan Spector
(replaced Bowyer, 81) Solid enough in replacing Bowyer.

Luis Boa Morte
(replaced Bellamy, 90) Not really on for long enough to register on the radar.

Richard Wright
Did not play.

Danny Gabbidon
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Robert Green, Lucas Neill, George McCartney, Anton Ferdinand, Matthew Upson, Hayden Mullins, Mark Noble, Lee Bowyer, Matthew Etherington, Craig Bellamy, Dean Ashton.

Goals: Craig Bellamy 6 Matthew Etherington 48 Matthew Etherington 90              .

Booked: Robert Green 55          .

Sent Off: None sent off.     .

Reading: Hahnemann, Murty, Shorey, Ingimarsson, Duberry, Fae, Harper, Gunnarson, Hunt, Lita, Doyle.

Subs not used: Federici, Bikey.

Goals: .

Booked: None booked..

Sent off: None.

Referee: H.Webb.

Attendance: 23,533.

Man of the Match: Anton Ferdinand.