Premier League
Middlesbrough 1-1 West Ham United 

Saturday, 1st November 2008
by Gordon Thrower

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Player Ratings

Robert Green
Made some good saves ?EUR" let down by the collapse of the wall for the goal.

Lucas Neill
An improvement on Faubert at right-back. Made at least one telling interception.

Herita Ilunga
Some have expressed concern about Cheri defensively but I thought he did ok today.

James Collins
A decent performance ?EUR" the free-kick that led to the goal was harsh and he was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet from a first half set piece.

Matthew Upson
A solid display at the back ?EUR" looks more comfortable with Collins alongside.

Hayden Mullins
Had a fine first half ?EUR" if you ignore the air-shot that led to the goal. Perhaps guilty of defending too deep after the interval.

Jack Collison
A decent showing from the youngster who constantly sought the ball. Should have scored though.

Luis Boa Morte
Not a spectacular performance but he got through a lot of hard work in the same way as Faubert didn?EUR(TM)t.

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.

Fred Sears
Caused problems a-plenty for the home defence in the first half but faded a bit in the second.

Craig Bellamy
Full of running he was chasing defenders down right up to the end of stoppage time.


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

Lee Bowyer
(replaced Boa Morte, 85) Another who got through a fair bit of work and was unlucky to find Turnbull in good form.

Jimmy Walker
Did not play.

Walter Lopez
Did not play.

James Tomkins
Did not play.

David Di Michele
Did not play.

Diego Tristan
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Robert Green, Lucas Neill, Herita Ilunga, James Collins, Matthew Upson, Hayden Mullins, Jack Collison, Luis Boa Morte, Matthew Etherington, Fred Sears, Craig Bellamy.

Goals: Hayden Mullins 21                  .

Booked: Lucas Neill 39 Jack Collison 61 Luis Boa Morte 80 Craig Bellamy 89    .

Sent off: None.

Middlesbrough: Turnbull, Wheater (Hoyte 46), Riggott, Pogatetz, Taylor, Aliadiere, O'Neil, Digard, Downing, Sanli, Alves.

Subs not used: Jones, Emnes, Johnson, Grounds.

Goals: Mido (84).

Booked: Wheater (17), Riggott (33), Arca (64).

Sent off: None.

Referee: Andre Marriner.

Attendance: 25,164.

Man of the Match: Craig Bellamy.