Premier League
West Bromwich Albion 3-2 West Ham United 

Saturday, 13th September 2008
by East Stand Martin

On the way up to the Black Country, ESM Jnr was working overtime on his ‘phone to sort out a flight back next month from Egypt after our esteemed sponsors went belly up. I was never happy with the deal myself. After all, who wants their chest size advertised on a replica shirt?

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Player Ratings

Robert Green
A couple of good saves but flapped at a cross or two. T'was never a penalty ...

Lucas Neill
Celebrated his return to the right-back slot with his first ever goal for the club. Still looking a little off the pace though.

Herita Ilunga
Seems to have a decent passing range and plenty of pace. However his positional play will need a little work.

Calum Davenport
Seems to be suffering with a touch of the Ferdinands (ie lapses of concentration). A reasonable performance on the whole but it's a worry when he has his back to goal facing an attacker.

Matthew Upson
Half-asleep for the opening goal and too slow to catch Brunt for the match-winner.

Scott Parker
One of our better players on the day although even he had a quiet second half.

Mark Noble
In the right place at the right time for the goal. Like Parker, he faded after the break.

Valon Behrami
Fairly anonymous, which wasdisappointing given that he wouldhave been uot to impress having been restored to his preferred wide midfield role.

Luis Boa Morte
Worked hard and make some important challenges at both ends of the pitch. Should have scored on the stroke of half time which would have changed the complexion of the game.

Dean Ashton
Barely involved prior to being forced off early on with a nasty cut.

Carlton Cole
Worked like a trojan as always, it's just a shame that his final ball is all too often lacking.


David Di Michele
(replaced Ashton, 19) An interesting debut. Had a hand in the first goal before embarrassing himself with two woeful overhead efforts.

Julien Faubert
(replaced Behrami, 65) Barely registered despite having a good half hour on the pitch.

Matthew Etherington
(replaced Boa Morte, 79) Lucky to have a job at all following last weekend's revelations. Contributed virtually nothing.

Jan Lastuvka
Did not play.

James Tomkins
Did not play.

Hayden Mullins
Did not play.

Craig Bellamy
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Robert Green, Lucas Neill, Herita Ilunga, Calum Davenport, Matthew Upson, Scott Parker, Mark Noble, Valon Behrami, Luis Boa Morte, Dean Ashton, Carlton Cole.

Goals: Mark Noble 29 Lucas Neill 35                .

Booked: Di Michele 74          .

Sent off: None.

West Bromwich Albion: Carson, Hoefkens, Barnett, Olsson, Robinson, Morrison, Koren, Greening, Brunt, Valero, Bednar.

Subs not used: Kiely, Beattie, MacDonald, Donk.

Goals: Morrison (3), Bednar (37 pen), Brunt (83).

Booked: Kim (71).

Sent off: None.

Referee: Lee Probert.

Attendance: 26,213.

Man of the Match: Carlton Cole.