Premier League
West Ham United 0-1 Chelsea 

Saturday, 25th April 2009
by Gordon Thrower

Did someone mention the words “bare bones”?

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Player Ratings

Robert Green
One good save. A number of much easier ones. Some culpability with the goal.

Lucas Neill
I thought he had a fine game in his usual spot.

Herita Ilunga
Ok defensively but I thought we could have had a bit more from him going forward.

James Tomkins
Came for one or two that he?EUR(TM)d have been better off hanging away from. Contnues to improve though.

Matthew Upson
Generally ok though one slip might have let Anelka in during the second half.

Mark Noble
Got through a lot of running but the distribution left a lot to be desired. Telegraphed the penalty unfortunately.

Kieron Dyer
A welcome start but he seemed uncertain in the middle as if he wasn?EUR(TM)t quite sure whether he should be holding or pushing on. Ended up doing neither. Should have scored in the first half.

Junior Stanislas
Cut inside far too often rather than testing the full-back.

Luis Boa Morte
Worked hard with little reward. Interestingly, the boo-boys seem to have abandoned him as their pin-up.

Diego Tristan
A couple of nice touches but in all honesty Schnorbitz?EUR(TM)s good days are long behind him. If we see him on the team sheet next season something is seriously wrong.

David Di Michele
Poor. One shot well wide, gave the thing away too easily.


Fred Sears
(Replaced Dyer, 61 mins) No real contribution in the period he was on.

Radoslav Kovac
(Replaced Di Michele, 61 mins) Kovac has an imaginary friend that only he can see. Which would be fine if only he didn?EUR(TM)t insist on passing to him.

Savio Nsereko
(Replaced Boa Morte, 72 mins) Like Sears, failed to make an impression.

Jan Lastuvka
Did not play.

Walter Lopez
Did not play.

Jonathan Spector
Did not play.

Josh Payne
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Robert Green, Lucas Neill, Herita Ilunga, James Tomkins, Matthew Upson, Mark Noble, Kieron Dyer, Junior Stanislas, Luis Boa Morte, Diego Tristan, David Di Michele.

Goals: None.

Booked: Junior Stanislas 72          .

Sent off: None.

Chelsea: Cech, Mancienne, Ivanovic, Terry, Bosingwa, Mikel, Belletti, Kalou, Lampard, Malouda, Anelka.

Subs not used: Hilario, Di Santo, Stoch, Drogba.

Goals: Kalou (55).

Booked: None.

Sent off: None.

Referee: Mike Dean.

Attendance: 34,749.

Man of the Match: Luis Boa Morte.