Saturday, 10 April 2010
West Ham 1 Sunderland 0 - Winning Ugly Works!
Well nobody in their right mind would call that a great performance. A great win yes but even a good performance? No! Then an average performance? Maybe, although mediocre might be more appropriate.
As we left the ground, we discussed who would be man of the match. Ilan? Well he scored the goal superbly but, apart from that, he was awful wasn't he? He can anticipate when in the box but anywhere else on the pitch and he is in a dream world. How many times did Sunderland ease him off the ball, only for Ilan to throw himself to the ground? If marks were awarded for diving, Ilan would come a close second to Behrami for the MOM award today!
If not Ilan, then who? Da Costa and Upson appeared to do well for most of the match and we kept a clean sheet, but that was more down to poor Sunderland finishing from what I saw. In the first half, Bent left Upson flat on his heels and so nearly lifted the ball over Green and into the net. We were carved open twice in the second half with Bent falling flat on his face with just Green to beat and another opening put narrowly wide by Cattermole. Upson did look as if he blocked one goal bound effort with his head but he didn't look dominant to me. Da Costa looks so much better than Tomkins but that's not saying a huge amount is it? And his free kick was laughable but, to be fair, it was his launched ball forward that led to the goal..
Then Noble? Well his corners and free kicks were appalling for most of the match and he twice had to make thunderous tackles to make good conceding possession. Noble was below average in my opinion.
Kovac? He did his job but it was hardly a MOM performance was it?
Green? One very good save from that free kick but he had nothing else to do all game thanks to poor Sunderland finishing and, I suppose, some Sterling work from our back four.
Stanislas then, now that he was on the right flank at last? Sadly no. Stanislas was awful.
Then Cole? Well he set up the goal, nearly set up Ilan and had one near miss but he was pretty crap for most of the game wasn't he? A lot of that was probably down to poor supply but he kept clutching at that knee and looks nervous going into a 50:50 challenge. He reminds me of Ashton after his attempt to "come back". Worrying. He certainly does not look like an England player at the moment.
Behrami? Well he beat even Ilan to the diving award, although it took the ref until half way through the second half to cotton on to the fact that Behrami masks poor ball control with a stylistic crumple to the ground. Did he pass the ball forward all match? I'm not sure he did you know! Did he get in a cross? I don't think so because he kept cutting inside. He did force Gordon into his only significant save mind you with that shot from outside the box.
Who is left? Faubert? Average at best. So...
Spector, give it to Spector! Yes he was booked after losing possession carelessly in his own half but, that apart, he did his job well. And in a game where our diving stood out above our passing, Spector achieved the perfect 10 for a dive, cutting inside two Sunderland defenders, losing his footing without being touched, and converting clumsiness into the perfect soar through the air! Well done sir! Ilan and Behrami looked on in awe and the ref gave the free kick!
Sorry that I am not praising an epic victory. Franco's finish was brilliant and I have no idea why the goal was disallowed but thank God the ref wouldn't let Sunderland restart as our mugs were hand and back slapping for five minutes over in the corner!
It was a great day. What a shame we couldn't win in style, as Burnley managed by all accounts! Hang on, Man Of The Match was my son, he backed the winner of the National, unlike his Dad!
The big question is why Gordon wasn't sent off. Deliberate handball, pulled down Cole in the box and put a hand to Franco's face. Kenwyne must have been thinking, when I did that to Ilunga...
Ratings: Green 6; Faubert 6, Da Costa 6, Upson 6, Spector 6; Stanislas 4, Kovac 6, Noble 5, Behrami 5; Cole 5, Ilan 4 (But he scored!) Sub: Franco 6 Daprela wasn't on long enough to earn a rating!
Come On You We Won So Who Cares Irons
Posted by Hammersfan at 19:34