Premier League
West Ham United 1-0 Sunderland 

Saturday, 10th April 2010
by Gordon Thrower

What a most pleasant weekend that was. Nice weather, pleasant company and three points. What more could a man want for. Oh, chuck in a Hull collapse and, for the sheer comedy of it all, an hilarious defeat at Wembley for Spurs and we have the makings of a decent few days!

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Player Ratings

Robert Green
For all the visitors' comments to the effect that they deserved something out of the game, he had but one proper save to make all afternoon ?EUR" from Henderson's free-kick.

Julien Faubert
Another decent run-out. Most improved player this season?

Jonathan Spector
Did well enough but had a couple of shaky moments.

Matthew Upson
Kept Bent quiet for the most part.

Manuel Da Costa
Benefiting from an extended run in the side but we'll draw a polite veil over the second half free-kick that ended up in Beckton!

Mark Noble
Probably edges Behrami for MOTM for me ?EUR" some of the tackles he put in were earth shakers and, given that they galvanised the crowd, the example must have had a positive effect on his team-mates.

Valon Behrami
Ran and ran and ran. Sponsors' MOTM and, whilst I can see why, I'll stick with Noble for ours. I'm sure Behrami will cope with the disappointment.

Radoslav Kovac
Worked hard but when will he learn to pass?

Junior Stanislas
The one real disappointment of the day. Struggled to get into the game and his delivery from dead-ball positions was poor.

Not much in the way of a general contribution but took the goal nicely and I'm happy to settle for that

Carlton Cole
Caused difficulties for the visitors' defence without providing much of an obvious goal threat.


Guillermo Franco
(Replaced Stanislas, 74 mins) Scored what will be a close call for Goal of the Season when latching onto a fine delivery from Faubert with a diving header. Pushing his claims for a starting berth.

Fabio Daprela
(Replaced Ilan, 90 mins) Only on for the four minutes of stoppage.

Peter Kurucz
Did not play.

Jordan Spence
Did not play.

Danny Gabbidon
Did not play.

Alessandro Diamanti
Did not play.

Benni McCarthy
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Robert Green, Julien Faubert, Jonathan Spector, Matthew Upson, Manuel Da Costa, Mark Noble, Valon Behrami, Radoslav Kovac, Junior Stanislas, Ilan, Carlton Cole.

Goals: Ilan 51                  .

Booked: Jonathan Spector 33          .

Sent Off: None sent off     .

Sunderland: Gordon, Da Silva, Richardson, Ferdinand, Turner, Henderson, Meyler, Cattermole, Malbranque, Campbell, Bent.

Subs not used: Carson, Kilgallon, Bardsley, Hutton.

Goals: None.

Booked: Cattermole (26), Gordon (35), Campbell (84).

Sent off: None.

Referee: M Jones.

Attendance: 34,685.

Man of the Match: Mark Noble.