West Ham United 0-4 Chelsea 

Saturday, 1st March 2008
by Gordon Thrower

A hangover, a dodgy stomach and our worst performance of the season all in one day. What less could a bloke want.

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Player Ratings

Robert Green
Not at fault for the goals ?EUR" let down by those in front of him.

Lucas Neill
Constantly caught out of position. Needs to buck up his ideas.

George McCartney
Not his usual self. Failed to close down Ballack for the third but being blocked off didn?EUR(TM)t help.

Anton Ferdinand
Don?EUR(TM)t stick your leg out Anton ?EUR" you know they?EUR(TM)ll dive. His daft moment started the rot.

Matthew Upson
A rare off day ?EUR" though he dealt with Anelka quite well at times generally reducing the sulk to throwing himself to the floor at every challenge.

Hayden Mullins
Disappeared completely in that first half spell.

Mark Noble
Tried but his passing and set play delivery were short of the mark today.

Freddie Ljungberg
Maybe he knows what his role is when we play 5 across the middle. I?EUR(TM)m damned if I can work it out from his play though. He never seemed to be where he ought to be.

Julien Faubert
One good cross in the first half and was lucky to escape without a broken leg after Makelele?EUR(TM)s disgraceful assault. Otherwise anonymous.

Luis Boa Morte
Had obviously upset the primadonnas who kicked him all over the place. They needn?EUR(TM)t have bothered really.

Carlton Cole
It said a lot about the so-called international class of Terry that he was reduced to bear hugging Cole every time the ball was played to him. Unlucky not to get a penalty.


Dean Ashton
(replaced Boa Morte, 46) Misplaced pass after pass.

Nobby Solano
(replaced Faubert, 66) Slightly livelier than Faubert but that wasn?EUR(TM)t difficult.

Bobby Zamora
(replaced Cole, 66) Good to see him fit again. Bad to see him misplace pass after pass.

Richard Wright
Did not play.

Jonathan Spector
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Robert Green, Lucas Neill, George McCartney, Anton Ferdinand, Matthew Upson, Hayden Mullins, Mark Noble, Freddie Ljungberg, Julien Faubert, Luis Boa Morte, Carlton Cole.

Goals: None.

Booked: None.

Sent off: None.

Chelsea: Cech, Ferreira, Carvalho, Terry, A Cole, J Cole, Makelele, Ballack, Lampard, Kalou, Anelka.

Subs not used: Cudicini, Drogba.

Goals: Lampard (pen 17), Cole (20), Ballack (22), A.Cole (64).

Booked: Ballack (36), Terry (47).

Sent off: None.

Referee: P.Walton.

Attendance: 34,969.

Man of the Match: Robert Green.