West Ham United 0-1 Portsmouth 

Tuesday, 8th April 2008
by Gordon Thrower

Can someone please hurry up and put this season out of its misery?

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Player Ratings

Robert Green
Barely tested and beaten by what may have been the only shot on target in the whole match.

Lucas Neill
A quiet game and now possibly injured.

George McCartney
Barely bothered by Portsmouth but would improve infinitely in going forward if he had a regular left midfielder in front of him. Whatever happened to the bloke Etherington who used to play there? Groin strain I expect.

Anton Ferdinand

Jonathan Spector
Poor. His first inclination whenever he got the ball was to play it backwards. Caught in possession far too much.

Hayden Mullins
Also poor. Lost possession too much and won little in midfield.

Scott Parker
Won a few tackles but constantly turned into trouble when there was an easy lay-off on.

Nobby Solano
A couple of half-decent crosses but failed to dominate a match that was crying out for a spot of creativity.

Luis Boa Morte
Better than of late though his failure to stick to the left side of midfield meant that McCartney?EUR(TM)s attacking opportunities were severely limited.

Bobby Zamora
Probably should have scored. Didn?EUR(TM)t.

Dean Ashton
One first half effort aside was fairly anonymous.


Fred Sears
(replaced Zamora, 58) Quite lively in spells though starved of service.

Carlton Cole
(replaced Mullins, 73) A few good runs down the left though you?EUR(TM)d rather have had him in the middle.

John Paintsil
(replaced Solano, 82) Anonymous.

Jimmy Walker
Did not play.

James Tomkins
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Robert Green, Lucas Neill, George McCartney, Anton Ferdinand, Jonathan Spector, Hayden Mullins, Scott Parker, Nobby Solano, Luis Boa Morte, Bobby Zamora, Dean Ashton.

Goals: None.

Booked: None.

Sent off: None.

Portsmouth: James, Johnson, Distin, Hreidarsson, Campbell, Diop, Mendes, Mvuemba, Muntari, Kranjcar, Nugent.

Subs not used: Begovic, Lauren, Davis.

Goals: Kranjcar (61).

Booked: None booked..

Sent off: None.

Referee: L.Probert.

Attendance: 33.

Man of the Match: George McCartney.