There’s little doubt about it who was the hero of the Emirates this afternoon. Robert Green had his best game yet for West Ham and must surely be knocking on the door of the England team. He saved three certain goals in the second half. He was immense. But let’s not forget the rest of the team. They showed dogged determination and ground the result out. Yes, lady luck was with us today, but you don’t get results like this without deserving it.
The second half showed West Ham at their industrious best. Reo Coker and Noble harried in midfield as if their lives depended on it (wonder who Nige was trying to impress). Bowyer continued his excellent first half display and Collins and Ferdinand showed great resilience in the centre of defence. Spector also showed great courage after he came on at half time.
So where does this leave us? Fighting, that’s where. Fighting for our lives. I admit I thought we were down and out, but thus victory was key for us. If we can beat Sheffield United, get something out of the Chlesea game and then beat Everton we’ll surely be out of the bottom three.
It’s good to be a Hammer this evening.
Green 10 – Perfect. Nothing more to say
Ferdinand 8 – Dealt with everything that came his way
Collins 9 – Immense in the air after a dodgy first ten minutes
McCartney 6 – Subbed at half time
Spector 8 – Tough tackling and great in the air
Neill 7 – One great marauding run forward
Noble 8 – Quite in the first half immense in the second
Reo Coker 9 -Held the midfield together and got forward well in the second half
Bowyer 8 – Best game for a long time
Zamora 7 – Took his goal brilliantly and held the ball up well
Tevez 6 – Quietest game for some time but flashes of brilliance
Etherington 7 – Didn’t get forward enough but helped out well defensively
Boa Morte 4 – Anonymous after he replaced Zamora