West Ham United 0 Manchester City 0
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 RatingsRobert Green
One fine save and did the rest of his job well. Capello please note.
Had a torrid time against Petrov and his tight hamstring probably came as some sort of blessed relief.
The return of Etherington meant gave him more options going forward than of late.
Steady enough but that challenge was definitely a penalty whatever Styles says.
Rarely beaten in the air and laid off some nice oases with his head.
Usual steady performance but was a bit wayward with a couple of passes.
Fine game. Took on responsibility well in the absence of Parker.
Not as dominant as against Man Utd, got through some hard work nevertheless.
Provided an outlet on the left for Linda and gave some much-needed width to the midfield.
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.
Always busy, he kept the City defence busy without ever really looking like scoring.
(replaced Neill, 46) Seemed a little happier against Petrov than Neill had been. One horrible shot in the second half.
(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.
(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.
Did not play.
Did not play.
Match FactsWest Ham United: Robert Green, Lucas Neill, George McCartney, Anton Ferdinand, Matthew Upson, Hayden Mullins, Mark Noble, John Paintsil, Matthew Etherington, Dean Ashton, Carlton Cole.
Sent Off: None sent off. .
Manchester City: Hart, Onuoha, Ball, Richards, Dunne, Ball, Corluka, Ireland, Hamann, Petrov, Castillo, Vassell.
Subs not used: Schmeichel, Garrido.
Booked: Corluka (90).
Sent off: None.
Man of the Match: Robert Green.