Premier League
West Ham United 3-0 Hull City 

Sunday, 21st February 2010
by East Stand Martin

There was a time in the not too distant past when there was more chance of getting a quote out of Lord Lucan after having ridden Shergar to victory in the Epsom Derby than the Chairman of West Ham United Football Club. That was before we got a couple of media crack addicts for owners, always looking for a fix in the tabloids or Sky Sports News.

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Player Ratings

Robert Green
Always difficult to judge a ?EUR~keeper when he?EUR(TM)s had so little to do. However, during that short spell in the first half when Hull did their spot of threatening he looked confident on crosses and pulled off that marvellous save from Boateng.

Julien Faubert
A fine game. The ball through for Cole?EUR(TM)s goal was perfection and the goal wasn?EUR(TM)t bad either. MOTM.

Jonathan Spector
Following on from the decent half he had against Birmingham he had another good 90.

Matthew Upson
The better of the centre backs on the day.

James Tomkins

Scott Parker
Yet another good performance from somebody who is captain in all but name. One worry was the ludicrous yellow card issued by the inconsistent Atkinson, which leaves Parker one card short of a two-match ban just ahead of a period when we are likely to need him most.

Radoslav Kovac
Possibly the one weak spot on the day. Although his tenacity led to the first goal his distribution through the rest of the match was dreadful.

Valon Behrami
Took the goal well and put in a decent shift in midfield ?EUR" unlucky not to have got a first-half hat-trick.

Alessandro Diamanti
The sort of player who gets you off your seat. Comparisons with another Italian are quite apt ?EUR" even if he isn?EUR(TM)t quite as bonkers. Got the sponsors?EUR(TM) MOTM award and I?EUR(TM)ll admit he came very close to getting mine.

Guillermo Franco
Controlled the ball well and brought others into the game. Unsurprisingly, he faded a bit in the second half after his month or two on the injury list but it was good to see him back and, in amongst all the new arrivals up front, he laid down a marker to suggest that he won?EUR(TM)t be ousted easily.

Carlton Cole
On his own admission, his overall performance was not the greatest ?EUR" however, the finish for his goal was excellent. Hopefully the groin niggle that saw his early departure is nothing too serious.


(Replaced Franco, 63 mins) A couple of touches but didn?EUR(TM)t really get into the game much.

(Replaced Cole, 79 mins) His appearance was more about clocking up game time and match fitness.

Jack Collison
(Replaced Diamanti, 85 mins) The game was effectively over by the time he arrived.

Marek Stech
Did not play.

Manuel Da Costa
Did not play.

Mark Noble
Did not play.

Junior Stanislas
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Robert Green, Julien Faubert, Jonathan Spector, Matthew Upson, James Tomkins, Scott Parker, Radoslav Kovac, Valon Behrami, Alessandro Diamanti, Guillermo Franco, Carlton Cole.

Goals: Valon Behrami 3 Carlton Cole 59 Julien Faubert 90              .

Booked: Scott Parker 55          .

Sent Off: None sent off     .

Hull City: Myhill, Gardner, McShane, Dawson, Mouyokolo, Fagan, Boateng, Hunt, Cairney, Zaki, Vennegoor of Hesselink.

Subs not used: Duke, Kilbane, Zayatte, Garcia.

Goals: None.

Booked: Fagan (26).

Sent off: None.

Referee: Martin Atkinson.

Attendance: 33,971.

Man of the Match: Julien Faubert.