West Ham United 0 Everton 2
Saturday, 15th December 2007
by Gordon Thrower
I’ll own up. It’s my fault. Whenever I have my Dad and bruvver up to town for a game we seem to lose. That’s probably not true if I were to actually look at the results but it’s one of those things that always seems to be the case – a bit like Maltese Hammer’s (happy Christmas mate!) habit of turning up to matches in which we don’t actually score.
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Player RatingsRobert Green
Juggled one in the first half but left exposed for both goals.
Steady in defence but going forward he clearly misses Etherington ?EUR" one of a number of partnerships disrupted by injury.
Good in parts but had a couple of aberrations at either end.
Not his usual steady self. A few headers went astray and he clearly misses Gabbidon ?EUR" can you see the theme developing here?
Did all the quiet donkey work in the middle as is his wont.
Ran himself into the ground and didn?EUR(TM)t deserve the result. MOTM.
Was in and out of the game but looked like our best hope of a decent cross before his mysterious substitution.
A couple of good moments in the first half. Went to Panama in the second. Should have scored.
Got nothing out of the four players marking him and was penalised every time he went for the ball. Should have scored.
One decent run in the first half but clearly this was a game too much for his injury.
(replaced Cole, 46) First touch was shocking at times. Put a decent chance over the bar.
(replaced Solano, 59) A few good runs shortly after arriving on the pitch but faded from view thereafter.
(replaced Mullins, 79) Brought on to add a bit of width and balance to the left but failed to take his marker on and put over one terrible cross.
Did not play.
Did not play.
Match FactsWest Ham United: Robert Green, Lucas Neill, George McCartney, James Collins, Matthew Upson, Hayden Mullins, Scott Parker, Nobby Solano, Freddie Ljungberg, Dean Ashton, Carlton Cole.
Booked: Freddie Ljungberg 91 .
Sent Off: None sent off. .
Everton: Howard, Neville, Yobo, Jagielka, Lescott, Arteta, Osman, Carsley, Pienaar, Cahill, Yakubu..
Subs not used: Wessels, Hibbert, McFadden, Gravesen.
Goals: Yakubu (45+1), Johnson (90+3).
Booked: Yakubu (85).
Sent off: None.
Man of the Match: Scott Parker.