Premier League
West Ham United 1 Manchester City 1

Sunday, 9th May 2010
by Gordon Thrower

And so another year passes. When both teams are safe and there is little to play for, end of season matches often take on a surreal air – akin to that of a training match. Thus it was that we were treated to what looked like a second testimonial match in a week with the visit of Man City.

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Player Ratings

Robert Green
Bossed the box well and made a couple of decent saves.

Julien Faubert
Did a job ?EUR" I didn't think we'd be saying that about him this time last year. Caught marking two for their goal.

Fabio Daprela
Showed promise ?EUR" though there was a bout of a ball-watching in the first half that he'll need to eradicate.

Matthew Upson
A couple of well-timed tackles, not much else to report.

Manuel Da Costa
I like the way he brings the ball out of defence. Relatively solid.

Scott Parker
I saw him misplace a pass. No really I did. Probably one of the few who didn't treat the afternoon as a gentle work-out.

Radoslav Kovac
Took the ball from Tevez a few times before reverting to type and giving it away.

Alessandro Diamanti
Suberb touch for the goal. A busy afternoon.

Luis Boa Morte
Good goal from one whose personal year has been rotten.

Normally we get an anonymous performance with an all-important goal. We got that again. Without the goal.

Carlton Cole
Struggled throughout before being subbed. Needs a rest and, on this form, he'll get one while the World Cup is on.


Guillermo Franco
(Replaced Cole, 64 mins) Got into good positions but his finishing lacked conviction.

Junior Stanislas
(Replaced Boa Morte, 64 mins) If it wasn't for the air shot I'd have forgotten he was there.

Jordan Spence
(Replaced Diamanti, 87 mins) A few minutes for the youngster at the end. There'll be tougher challenges.

Peter Kurucz
Did not play.

Jonathan Spector
Did not play.

Danny Gabbidon
Did not play.

Benni McCarthy
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Robert Green, Julien Faubert, Fabio Daprela, Matthew Upson, Manuel Da Costa, Scott Parker, Radoslav Kovac, Alessandro Diamanti, Luis Boa Morte, Ilan, Carlton Cole.

Goals: Luis Boa Morte 17                  .

Booked: Luis Boa Morte 19 Fabio Daprela 64        .

Sent Off: None sent off     .

Manchester City: Fulop, Toure, Sylvinho, Zabaleta, Wright-Phillips, de Jong, Vieira, Kompany, Johnson, Adebayor, Santa Cruz.

Subs not used: Garrido, Nielsen, Boyata, Ibrahim.

Goals: Wright-Phillips (21).

Booked: None.

Sent off: None.

Referee: D.Webb.

Attendance: 34,989.

Man of the Match: Scott Parker.