Premier League
West Ham United 1-1 Chelsea 

Sunday, 20th December 2009
by Gordon Thrower

Ok, be honest. Who had us down to get a 1-1 draw?

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Player Ratings

Robert Green
A few uncertain moments early on but a fine save late on.

Julien Faubert
Right back is still a position that worries me but he was better than of late.

Herita Ilunga
Some good touches, particularly going forward.

Matthew Upson
Good to see him back. On the receiving end of the officials?EUR(TM) incompetence.

Danny Gabbidon
Will this hamstring epidemic ever cease?

Scott Parker
Outstanding again. The clearance off the line and subsequent block on the edge of the box summed his game up and, if Upson was wearing the armband, Parker was every bit as influential as a leader.

Radoslav Kovac
A bit like a speed hump he got in the way and, by accident or design managed to break up a lot of Chelsea moves. Distribution wasn?EUR(TM)t too bad for once as long as he didn?EUR(TM)t over-elaborate.

Jack Collison
Another who had his best game in a while. Good run into the box for the penalty and got forward to support Franco well.

Mark Noble
Got stuck in in what was his best game in a long while.

Guillermo Franco
Won a lot up front, made a real nuisance of himself and got through a hell of a lot of hard work.

Alessandro Diamanti
Some fine deliveries from set pieces and the penalty was well-taken.


James Tomkins
(Replaced Gabbidon, 19 mins) I was a bit concerned when he came on after 20 minutes as he?EUR(TM)s not been in the best of form so far this season. However he had a decent match.

Marek Stech
(Replaced Kovac, 67 mins) Barely registered, though it was nice to get a reminder of what he looks like.

Jonathan Spector
(Replaced Kovac, 67 mins) Clean sheet! Barely tested really.

Manuel Da Costa
Did not play.

Luis Jimenez
Did not play.

Junior Stanislas
Did not play.

Frank Nouble
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Robert Green, Julien Faubert, Herita Ilunga, Matthew Upson, Danny Gabbidon, Scott Parker, Radoslav Kovac, Jack Collison, Mark Noble, Guillermo Franco, Alessandro Diamanti.

Goals: Alessandro Diamanti 45                  .

Booked: Guillermo Franco 33 Scott Parker 45 Mark Noble 52 Matthew Upson 59    .

Sent Off: None sent off     .

Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Carvalho, Terry, A.Cole, Ballack, Lampard, J.Cole, Malouda, Kalou, Drogba.

Subs not used: Hilario, Ferreira, Belletti, Alex.

Goals: Lampard (pen, 61).

Booked: Carvalho (30), Cole (44), Terry (84).

Sent off: None.

Referee: Mike Dean.

Attendance: 33,388.

Man of the Match: Scott Parker.