FA Premiership
West Ham United 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur 

Saturday, 24th November 2007
by Gordon Thrower

Refereeing standards in this country are a complete and utter disgrace. This should not come as news to anybody since the individual given responsibility for ensuring standards are maintained is Keith Hackett. However, it should not be beyond the wit of the world’s second most stupid Yorkshireman to realise that certain referees should not be allowed out in public.

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Player Ratings

Robert Green
A rare off-day. At fault for the goal. Uncertain handling. A shame McClaren has gone because those seem to have been his criteria for selection in recent years.

Lucas Neill
Some good stuff defensively ?EUR" a difficult job made harder by the ref?EUR(TM)s, er, eccentricities.

George McCartney
Glad to see him back after the knock. Unlucky not to get on the scoresheet late on.

Danny Gabbidon
Fairly strong but there were a couple of lapses down by the corner flag late on.

Matthew Upson
Excellent. Won a lot in the air and got in some timely interceptions. I?EUR(TM)d give him MOTM myself.

Hayden Mullins
Another who got in some decent challenges in the middle. The unsung hero type stuff.

Mark Noble
A few good challenges and a few good passes but faded quite early on, possibly as a result of his lay-off. We will see better from him.

Nobby Solano
Drifted in and out a bit ?EUR" not sure if he?EUR(TM)d been away with Peru but if so that might explain why he looked so exhausted when subbed. Good work for the goal.

Matthew Etherington
Another in and out performance. A few good runs and a few blind alleys.

Luis Boa Morte
A lot of hard work chasing lost causes, as exemplified by his work for the goal. Deserved his applause when subbed.

Carlton Cole
Another excellent run-out. Not the hardest goal he?EUR(TM)ll ever score but it was well deserved. Unfortunate to come up against Riley at his most perverse and should really think about suing!


Scott Parker
(replaced Noble, 63) Some good touches and a decent effort forced a save out of Robinson

Dean Ashton
(replaced Bowyer, 72) Same as Parker really ?EUR" right down to the bit about the save from Robinson.

Jonathan Spector
(replaced Bowyer, 72) Solid enough without really registering on the radar.

Richard Wright
Did not play.

James Collins
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Robert Green, Lucas Neill, George McCartney, Danny Gabbidon, Matthew Upson, Hayden Mullins, Mark Noble, Nobby Solano, Matthew Etherington, Luis Boa Morte, Carlton Cole.

Goals: Carlton Cole 19                  .

Booked: Carlton Cole 12 Danny Gabbidon 57 Matthew Etherington 67      .

Sent Off: None sent off.     .

Tottenham Hotspur: Robinson, Bale, Chimbonda, Kaboul, Dawson, Jenas, Zokora, Lennon, Malbranque, Keane, Berbatov.

Subs not used: Cerny, Lee, Boateng.

Goals: Dawson (66).

Booked: Zokora (9), Chimbonda (52), Dawson (53), Defoe (81).

Sent off: None.

Referee: M.Riley.

Attendance: 34,966.

Man of the Match: Matthew Upson.