FA Cup
West Ham United 0-0 Manchester City 

Saturday, 5th January 2008
by Gordon Thrower

There’s been lots of stuff in the papers in recent years about how the FA Cup isn’t what it used to be.

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Player Ratings

Robert Green
One fine save and did the rest of his job well. Capello please note.

Lucas Neill
Had a torrid time against Petrov and his tight hamstring probably came as some sort of blessed relief.

George McCartney
The return of Etherington meant gave him more options going forward than of late.

Anton Ferdinand
Steady enough but that challenge was definitely a penalty whatever Styles says.

Matthew Upson
Rarely beaten in the air and laid off some nice oases with his head.

Hayden Mullins
Usual steady performance but was a bit wayward with a couple of passes.

Mark Noble
Fine game. Took on responsibility well in the absence of Parker.

John Paintsil
Not as dominant as against Man Utd, got through some hard work nevertheless.

Matthew Etherington
Provided an outlet on the left for Linda and gave some much-needed width to the midfield.

Dean Ashton
Clearly he is some way from his best. Seems to realise he needs to chase a ball down about a second after the rest of us. The impending return of Bellamy might see him on the bench in the coming weeks.

Carlton Cole
Always busy, he kept the City defence busy without ever really looking like scoring.


Jonathan Spector
(replaced Neill, 46) Seemed a little happier against Petrov than Neill had been. One horrible shot in the second half.

Kyel Reid
(replaced Etherington, 69) Didn?EUR(TM)t quite seem to get the pace of the game. Got one cross over for Ashton late on but by that time the game was nearly over.

Lee Bowyer
(replaced Mullins, 75) Glad to see him back though he didn?EUR(TM)t really add much in the short time he was on in this match.

Richard Wright
Did not play.

James Collins
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Robert Green, Lucas Neill, George McCartney, Anton Ferdinand, Matthew Upson, Hayden Mullins, Mark Noble, John Paintsil, Matthew Etherington, Dean Ashton, Carlton Cole.

Goals: None.

Booked: None.

Sent Off: None sent off.     .

Manchester City: Hart, Onuoha, Ball, Richards, Dunne, Ball, Corluka, Ireland, Hamann, Petrov, Castillo, Vassell.

Subs not used: Schmeichel, Garrido.

Goals: None.

Booked: Corluka (90).

Sent off: None.

Referee: R.Styles.

Attendance: 33,806.

Man of the Match: Robert Green.