Premier League
West Ham United 1-3 Bolton Wanderers 

Sunday, 5th October 2008
by Gordon Thrower

Let me get this off my chest right from the start. 1.30 on a Sunday is no time to be playing football. It means no lie-in, messing about with engineering works on the trains and tubes and drinking beer while you can still taste the toothpaste. In short it’s a pain. It’s an even bigger pain when it’s started raining at silly o’clock and you know that the game you are about to watch has every chance of being decided by Mike Dean. However, a forthcoming break for some sunshine and much-needed rest meant that even the prospect of having that moron in the middle wasn’t going to spoil my day.

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Player Ratings

Robert Green
Two goals were his I?EUR(TM)m afraid.

Julien Faubert
Pass after pass and cross after cross went astray today.

Herita Ilunga
Pick of the bunch for me.

Lucas Neill
I thought he was the better of the central pair today.

Matthew Upson
Had trouble coping with Davies ?EUR" though Dean?EUR(TM)s ignorance of the laws didn?EUR(TM)t help much.

Scott Parker
Did that circular thing like he?EUR(TM)s drilling for oil too much.

Mark Noble
Failed to spot passes when they were on.

Valon Behrami
Must have had a frustrating day ?EUR" got through loads of work but came away with nothing to show from it.

Matthew Etherington
I know he likes the new free role but sometimes he does still need to be out wide and he needs to remember that.

David Di Michele
One shot and that was about it.

Carlton Cole
Took the goal well but lacked support.


Craig Bellamy
(replaced Di Michele, 54) Better than the player he replaced ?EUR" just.

Fred Sears
(replaced Etherington, 79) No significant impact.

Jan Lastuvka
Did not play.

Walter Lopez
Did not play.

Calum Davenport
Did not play.

Hayden Mullins
Did not play.

Luis Boa Morte
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Robert Green, Julien Faubert, Herita Ilunga, Lucas Neill, Matthew Upson, Scott Parker, Mark Noble, Valon Behrami, Matthew Etherington, David Di Michele, Carlton Cole.

Goals: Carlton Cole 69                  .

Booked: Mark Noble 5 Julien Faubert 52 Craig Bellamy 88 Scott Parker 89    .

Sent off: None.

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, O'Brien, Cahill, Samuel, Davies, Nolan, McCann, Muamba, Gardner, Elmander.

Subs not used: Al Habsi, Hunt, Shittu, Smolarek, Riga.

Goals: Davies (30), Cahill (34), Taylor (86).

Booked: Nolan (60), Taylor (87), O'Brien (90).

Sent off: None.

Referee: Mike Dean.

Attendance: 33,715.

Man of the Match: Herita Ilunga.