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January 11, 2014 4:00 PM WAT
Cardiff City Stadium — Cardiff (Caerdydd)
Referee:‬ L. Mason‎
Attendance:‬ 27750‎
 
 
Carlton Cole 42′
 
Mark Noble 90+3′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Cardiff City 0-2 West Ham

Goals from Carlton Cole and Mark Noble gave West Ham a stunning 2-0 win over Cardiff City on Saturday afternoon, despite James Tomkins' second half sending off

By Harry Sherlock

  • David Marshall
    0
    0
    2.50

    David Marshall

    Made an incredible save from James Tomkins early on but could do nothing about West Ham's two goals.

  • Steven Caulker
    0
    0
    2.50

    Steven Caulker

    Ventured forward often in a bid to start attacks for his team but was caught out by the Hammers' opener.

  • Mark Hudson
    0
    0
    2.50

    Mark Hudson

    Largely solid throughout, the defender was also caught out by Cole's goal but recovered in the second half and made a number of key tackles. Replaced by Andreas Cornelius as Cardiff pressed forward.

  • Kevin Theophile Catherine
    0
    0
    2.00

    Kevin Theophile Catherine

    Often looked to support the attack by venturing forward but struggled to have any real impact in the final third.

  • Declan John
    0
    0
    1.50

    Declan John Flop of the Match

    Beaten by a lofted through ball in the build-up to West Ham's first and wasted a number of crossing opportunities from the left.

  • Peter Whittingham
    0
    0
    2.00

    Peter Whittingham

    Often drifted inside in search of the ball and subsequently left Cardiff short on width.

  • Gary Medel
    0
    0
    2.00

    Gary Medel

    Tasked with protecting his defence but was nowhere to be seen when West Ham opened the scoring. Made way for Magnus Wolff Eikrem's debut in the second half.

  • Bo-Kyung Kim
    0
    0
    3.00

    Bo-Kyung Kim

    A menace in midfield and always looked to create chances for his side. Will feel hard done by to have seen early goal disallowed.

  • Craig Noone
    0
    0
    2.50

    Craig Noone

    Allowed the freedom to press forward, with Medel the midfield anchor man, and repeatedly surged down the left flank - though he saw little end product

  • Fraizer Campbell
    0
    0
    2.00

    Fraizer Campbell

    Threatened early on, but unforgivably spurned a number of gilt-edged chances and saw two separate penalty shouts turned down.

  • Peter Odemwingie
    0
    0
    3.00

    Peter Odemwingie

    Constantly looked to find his strike partner and worked hard in the first half. A magical run from midfield which saw him beat three players almost came to a goal but he was withdrawn at half-time.

Substitutions

  • M. Eikrem
    0
    0
    2.00

    M. Eikrem

    Replaced Medel as Cardiff chased the win but could not unlock West Ham's resolute defence.

  • Andreas Cornelius
    0
    0
    2.00

    Andreas Cornelius

    Came on for Mark Hudson with West Ham down to 10 men but barely touched the ball

  • Craig Bellamy
    0
    0
    2.50

    Craig Bellamy

    Replaced Odemwingie at half-time and provided a decent attacking outlet, but he could not find an equaliser.

  • Adrián San Miguel Del Castillo
    1
    0
    3.00

    Adrián San Miguel Del Castillo

    Almost gifted Cardiff an opener in the first half but made a world-class save from Campbell to keep his side's lead intact in the second period.

  • James Tomkins
    0
    0
    2.00

    James Tomkins

    Tasked with marking Campbell, the defender was sent off in the latter stages of the second half after two reckless challenges on the striker.

  • R. Raţ
    0
    0
    2.50

    R. Raţ

    Solid if unspectacular, the Romanian performed his duties with a minimum of fuss and made a couple of key interceptions.

  • Guy Demel
    1
    0
    2.50

    Guy Demel

    Went down early after an aerial challenge with Fraizer Campbell and was stretchered off after a worryingly long delay.

  • Roger Johnson
    0
    0
    2.50

    Roger Johnson

    Was lucky not to concede a penalty for shirt-pulling in his own area but coped well with the pace of Campbell, Odemwingie and Bellamy.

  • Matthew Jarvis
    0
    0
    3.50

    Matthew Jarvis

    Continually swapped flanks throughout and laid on Carlton Cole's opener with a beautifully weighted cut-back from the right.

  • Jack Collison
    0
    0
    2.50

    Jack Collison

    Involved in almost every attacking move, the midfielder was often frustrated by Cardiff's aggressively high defence.

  • Matthew Taylor
    0
    0
    3.50

    Matthew Taylor

    Ran himself into the ground and made a vital block from Gary Medel's driven effort in the early stages of the second half.

  • Mark Noble
    0
    0
    4.00

    Mark Noble Top of the Match

    Covered every blade of grass for his team and sealed the win with a fine finish in the second half.

  • Stewart Downing
    0
    0
    2.50

    Stewart Downing

    Hit the post early on from cross and created a number of opportunities, though his influence waned as the game went on.

  • Carlton Cole
    0
    0
    3.50

    Carlton Cole

    Calmly slotted home West Ham's opener following a lovely cross from Matt Jarvis but was withdrawn for Andy Carroll in the second half.

Substitutions

  • George McCartney
    0
    0
    2.00

    George McCartney

    Introduced for Demel following his horrific injury and was lucky not to concede a penalty for hauling down Campbell in the penalty area. Also booked for a poor tackle in the second half.

  • Alou Diarra
    0
    0
    2.50

    Alou Diarra

    Replaced Jack Collison with 15 minutes left as Allardyce looked to shore up his defensive options. Booked for challenge on Craig Bellamy.

  • Andy Carroll
    0
    0
    2.50

    Andy Carroll

    Replaced Carlton Cole to rapturous applause and held the ball up well as the Hammers looked to shut the game down. No fairytale goal, however.

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