Premier League
West Ham United 1-2 Bolton Wanderers 

Saturday, 6th March 2010
by Gordon Thrower

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Player Ratings

Robert Green
No chance with either goal. Solid enough otherwise.

Julien Faubert
Ok up to a point but had his match curtailed by injury.

Jonathan Spector
Stuck to his task despite little protection from those in front of him.

Matthew Upson
Better than Tomkins ?EUR" but not by much.

James Tomkins
A right ?EUR~mare against Davies ?EUR" barely won a header all afternoon and as for the second goal...

Scott Parker
Some good runs from deep but failed to shoot on occasions when he ought to have done ?EUR" and shot once or twice when he shouldn?EUR(TM)t have.

Radoslav Kovac
Poor ?EUR" his passing really needs working on.

Valon Behrami
Pressed into service as emergency right-back which put the brakes on his running.

Alessandro Diamanti
Bottled the challenge for the first goal but still looked like one of the few players capable of doing something. Superb goal. The sponsors gave him MOTM ?EUR" I?EUR(TM)d have gone for the Tesco bag myself.

Guillermo Franco
A few decent touches first half but disappeared in the second.

Carlton Cole
Barely at the races ?EUR" and continually caught offside.


Kieron Dyer
(Replaced Faubert, 47 mins) A couple of tricky runs but guilty of missing a chance or two.

(Replaced Franco, 67 mins) Came on for Franco. Apparently.

Junior Stanislas
(Replaced Kovac, 76 mins) Brought some much-needed width to proceedings ?EUR" once the other players realised he was there. Unlucky not to score at the death.

Marek Stech
Did not play.

Fabio Daprela
Did not play.

Manuel Da Costa
Did not play.

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: Alessandro Diamanti 88                  .

Booked: Radoslav Kovac 34 Alessandro Diamanti 79        .

Sent Off: None sent off     .

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Knight, Robinson, Steinsson, Ricketts, Cohen, Muamba, Wilshere, Lee, Davies, Elmander.

Subs not used: O'Brien, Al Habsi, Riga, Weiss, Klasnic.

Goals: Davies (10), Wilshire (16).

Booked: Robinson (24), Muamba (56), Cohen (63), Wilshere (73), Jaaskelainen (85).

Sent off: None.

Referee: Lee Probert.

Attendance: 33,824.

Man of the Match: Alessandro Diamanti.