Premier League
West Ham United 1-3 Everton 

Saturday, 8th November 2008
by Gordon Thrower

Some things defy logic. The popularity of reality tv and Brussels sprouts and the fact that anybody would want to pay David Mellor for his opinion on football are mysteries that nobody will ever be able to satisfactorily explain. You can file the result of this match in the same folder.

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Player Ratings

Robert Green
Virtually unemployed all game. Not at fault for the goals.

Lucas Neill
Coped ok after the enforced move into the centre, though I prefer to se him at full back.

Herita Ilunga
Another strong performance from the left back who looked tight in defence and strong going forward.

James Collins
Was having a decent game until he spoilt it with his lapse of concentration for the first goal.

Matthew Upson
Was doing ok in a largely untested defence until the injury that ended his match.

Scott Parker
A good return that might have been marked better had he not tired alarmingly quickly in the second half. MOTM for the influence he showed for most of the game.

Lee Bowyer

Julien Faubert

Luis Boa Morte
Decent in his link up play during the first half little went right for him in the second.

Fred Sears
Continues to improve. His pace and tenacity caused numerous problems for the Everton defence.

Craig Bellamy
Another strong performance that went unrewarded with a goal. His dummy on the left in the first half was a thing of beauty.


Jack Collison
(replaced Upson, 15) A fine run-out from the bench. Rarely wasted the ball and the finish for his goal was superb.

Matthew Etherington
(replaced Boa Morte, 58) Looked lively when he came on and played a significant part in the goal. His booking was ridiculous.

Davd Di Michele
(Replaced Parker, 86) Damned if I can remember him touching the ball when he came on.

Jan Lastuvka
Did not play.

Walter Lopez
Did not play.

Hayden Mullins
Did not play.

Kyel Reid
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Robert Green, Lucas Neill, Herita Ilunga, James Collins, Matthew Upson, Scott Parker, Lee Bowyer, Julien Faubert, Luis Boa Morte, Fred Sears, Craig Bellamy.

Goals: Jack Collison 21  63                .

Booked: Matthew Etherington 81          .

Sent off: None.

Everton: Howard, Neville (c), Yobo, Jagielka, Lescott, Arteta, Osman, Cahill, Rodwell, Saha, Anichebe.

Subs not used: Nash, Baines, Castillo, Jutkiewicz, Gosling.

Goals: Lescott (83), Saha (85, 87).

Booked: Lescott (69).

Sent off: None.

Referee: Mark Halsey.

Attendance: 33,961.

Man of the Match: Scott Parker.