Premier League
West Ham United 1-0 Manchester City 

Saturday, 21st February 2009
by Gordon Thrower

A welcome return to winning ways – but at a cost.

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Player Ratings

Robert Green
Largely untroubled. Caught a few crosses and made a superb fingertip save in the first half from Robinho.

Lucas Neill
Strong match and his clearing header from the late free-kick saved the match for us.

Herita Ilunga
Not one of his better games today ?EUR" was a bit too wasteful with the ball.

James Tomkins
A good few headers in and looked a lot more solid than of late.

Matthew Upson
Fine game. Some decent defensive headers at the end.

Scott Parker

Radoslav Kovac
An improvement on Wednesday but still prone to giving the ball away.

Valon Behrami
Will be missed. Get well soon sir.

Jack Collison
Another decent run out. The finish for the goal was a lot more difficult than it looked too.

Carlton Cole
Excellent. Lead the line really well, held the ball up and was back in defence at the death with a couple of fine headers.

David Di Michele
Lively and made some good turns.


Savio Nsereko
(Replaced Behrami, 43 mins) Looked full of pace and was a major contributor to the goal.

Jonathan Spector
(Replaced Kovac, 83 mins) Decent few minutes ?EUR" one good tackle back.

Walter Lopez
(Replaced Spector, 85 mins) Not really on long enough to influence matters.

Jan Lastuvka
Did not play.

John Payne
Did not play.

Junior Stanislas
Did not play.

Fred Sears
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Robert Green, Lucas Neill, Herita Ilunga, James Tomkins, Matthew Upson, Scott Parker, Radoslav Kovac, Valon Behrami, Jack Collison, Carlton Cole, David Di Michele.

Goals: Jack Collison 70                  .

Booked: Scott Parker 10 Radoslav Kovac 44        .

Sent off: None.

Manchester City: Given, Bridge, Richards, Onuoha, Dunne, Zabaleta, De Jong, Kompany, Ireland, Bellamy, Robinho.

Subs not used: Hart, Garrido, Glauber, Vassell.

Goals: None.

Booked: Kompany (69), Ireland (90).

Sent off: None.

Referee: Mike Dean.

Attendance: 34,562.

Man of the Match: Scott Parker.