Sunderland 2-1 West Ham United 

Saturday, 29th March 2008
by Gordon Thrower

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Player Ratings

Robert Green
A fine game. Commanding in the air and safe on the ground. Some dodgy kicks though.

Lucas Neill
One decent goal-line clearance but not helped by his having to change position every few mins.

George McCartney
Was doing ok until the knock that saw him miss the second half.

Anton Ferdinand
Battled away in the air bit it was his 97th minute header that set up the winner. We need Upson back alongside him.

Jonathan Spector
Again tried his best but still doesn?EUR(TM)t look to be an automatic choice when all are fit.

Hayden Mullins
Another one who worked very hard but occasionally let himself down with his distribution.

Scott Parker
A lot of hard work, often undone by a tendency to unnecessarily turn back into trouble.

Freddie Ljungberg
Caused a few problems in the first half before injury curtailed both his match and, probably, his season.

Mark Noble
When he was on the ball he looked class. Unfortunately we didn?EUR(TM)t give him enough of the ball.

Carlton Cole
One decent effort but didn?EUR(TM)t look 100% fit throughout. Very harshly booked yet again ?EUR" you do wonder why referees seem to target him.

Dean Ashton
Led the line well but was a virtual passenger towards the end as another knock took its toll.


John Paintsil
(replaced McCartney, 46) Didn?EUR(TM)t look too comfortable before having to go off with concussion.

Nobby Solano
(replaced Cole, 65) Some clever stuff in the few minutes after he came on but the rearguard action meant that he was bypassed for much of the second half.

James Tomkins
(replaced Spector, 74) Did ok under the circumstances. Appeared to actually relish the defensive battle.

Jimmy Walker
Did not play.

Luis Boa Morte
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Robert Green, Lucas Neill, George McCartney, Anton Ferdinand, Jonathan Spector, Hayden Mullins, Scott Parker, Freddie Ljungberg, Mark Noble, Carlton Cole, Dean Ashton.

Goals: Freddie Ljungberg 18                  .

Booked: Carlton Cole 24          .

Sent off: None.

Sunderland: Gordon, Bardsley, Evans, Whitehead, Nosworthy, Collins, Evans, Reid, Richardson, Chopra, Jones.

Subs not used: Fulop, Yorke.

Goals: Jones (28), Reid (90+6).

Booked: Reid (32).

Sent off: None.

Referee: A.Marriner.

Attendance: 45,684.

Man of the Match: Robert Green.