May 23 2013 Latest news:
Nathaniel John, West Ham correspondent, at Wembley Stadium
Saturday, May 19, 2012
James Tomkins is London24’s Hammers man of the match
London 24’s West Ham match ratings following their 2-1 play-off win over Blackpool.
Robert Green – 6
Early save to make from Dobbie, and couldn’t do anything about the Blackpool goal. A quiet afternoon for the England man.
Guy Demel – 5
Misjudged bouncing ball allowing Phillips to go clear through in the first half. Didn’t inspire with confidence throughout his 55-minute spell, before being replaced by Faubert. Restricted in his attacking role too.
James Tomkins – 8
Didn’t lose a header all game and was a danger in both penalty areas. Deservedly took the man of the match award for a strong display.
Winston Reid – 7
Could arguably be at fault for Blackpool’s goal, but along with Tomkins dealt with Kevin Phillips throughout the game. Strong in the air and composed in possession.
Matt Taylor – 6
Beaten by Dobbie for Blackpool’s first chance and looked suspect against the pace of Ince, but the makeshift left-back set up Cole’s goal with a delicious floated pass. Improved in a more advanced role in the second half once McCartney was brought on.
Jack Collison – 7
Surprised everyone by recovering from a shoulder injury in time to make the starting line-up. Played wide right in the first half before a more central role in the second, supporting Cole well.
Mark Noble – 7
The heartbeat of this West Ham side once again. Every time the Hammers attack , it is through him, when other teams attack he tries to break them down.
Kevin Nolan (c) – 6
One of the West Ham captain’s quieter games, but he tried to dictate the tempo of his side whenever he could. His cross led to the winning goal.
Gary O’Neil – 6
Worked tirelessly once again in midfield, but had one of his quieter games. Couldn’t really stamp any authority in the middle of the park.
Ricardo Vaz Te – 7
Up until the 87th minute, wasn’t having one of his better games. Often showed flashes of brilliance followed by mediocrity. A change of flank in the second half didn’t offer much change for the Portuguese attacker, but that was all forgotten when he slammed home the winner.
Carlton Cole – 7
Once again a selfish shift from the big man up top who took his goal very well. Caused Blackpool’s defence problems all afternoon, and was unlucky not to double his tally with a clever shot on the turn in the second half. It was from his shot that Vaz Te scored the winner.
McCartney – 6
Introduced early in the second half after Blackpool equalised and he definitely shored up the West Ham defence. Also attacked well, combining with Taylor down the left-hand side.
Faubert – 6
Brought on when Demel went down injured. Didn’t have much to do.