Goal.com - Home

thumbnail Hello,
 
Played
August 17, 2013 3:00 PM BST
Boleyn Ground — London
Referee:‬ H. Webb‎
Attendance:‬ 34977‎
 
13′ Joe Cole
 
76′ Kevin Nolan
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: West Ham 2-0 Cardiff City

Goals from Joe Cole and Kevin Nolan give the Hammers a winning start to the new season, while the Bluebirds' first top-flight match in 51 years ends in disappointment

By Liam Twomey

  • Jussi Jaaskelainen
    0
    1
    2.50

    Jussi Jaaskelainen

    A glorified spectator for most of the afternoon, as Cardiff struggled to fashion any scoring chances. Did the little he had to with a minimum of fuss.

  • Winston Reid
    4
    0
    3.00

    Winston Reid

    Shackled Campbell comfortably and exuded calm in the heart of the Hammers defence.

  • Joey O'Brien
    0
    0
    2.50

    Joey O'Brien

    Perhaps got a little lucky to survive a penalty shout for handball just after the break, but otherwise looked comfortable.

  • James Collins
    1
    0
    3.00

    James Collins

    Fluffed a free header from a corner with his side a goal up and cruising, but defended with trademark commitment and assurance.

  • Guy Demel
    0
    0
    2.50

    Guy Demel

    Occasionally troubled by Bellamy but, on the whole, this was one of his quieter Premier League afternoons.

  • Kevin Nolan
    4
    0
    3.50

    Kevin Nolan

    Doesn't carry the same goal threat when not deployed in tandem with Carroll, but still managed to kill the game off expertly with 15 minutes to go. Almost connected with Maiga's flashed ball across the six-yard box from what looked like an offside position.

  • Matthew Jarvis
    2
    0
    3.50

    Matthew Jarvis

    Tormented Connolly whenever he got the chance to run at him and his deliveries were consistently dangerous. The fact he went the whole of last season without an assist is incredible, but he took just 13 minutes this time around.

  • Mark Noble
    0
    1
    3.00

    Mark Noble

    Combined industry and technique in the middle of the pitch, breaking up Cardiff attacks and even playing one or two dangerous passes himself - including the one which allowed Nolan to make sure of the win.

  • Mohamed Diame
    2
    0
    3.00

    Mohamed Diame

    Full of running all afternoon, and was unlucky to see his deflected strike swerve just past the far post in the first half.

  • Joe Cole
    14
    1
    4.00

    Joe Cole Top of the Match

    Buzzed around dangerously on the right flank, combining well with Jarvis and took his goal excellently, swivelling to clip the ball into the far corner. Most would agree it is good to see him enjoying himself on the pitch again.

  • Modibo Maiga
    1
    0
    2.50

    Modibo Maiga

    Pretty anonymous in the first half. Better in flashes after the break, but West Ham's main goal threats all came from midfield. When is Carroll back again?

Substitutions

  • Alou Diarra
    2
    2

    Alou Diarra

    Came on for Diame with eight minutes left and the game won.

  • Stewart Downing
    4
    0
    2.50

    Stewart Downing

    Replaced Jarvis on 71 minutes and hung one dangerous cross into the box for Nolan to head over.

  • Ricardo Vaz Te
    2
    0

    Ricardo Vaz Te

    His introduction gave Cole a chance to revel in the applause of Upton Park in the dying seconds.

  • David Marshall
    0
    0
    2.50

    David Marshall

    Commanded his area reasonably well but was let down by the players in front of him, and was powerless to deny Cole or Nolan.

  • Matthew Connolly
    0
    0
    1.50

    Matthew Connolly

    Had big problems dealing with Jarvis and looked a little one-paced, but did get a crucial deflection on Diame's goal-bound shot.

  • Steven Caulker
    2
    1
    2.00

    Steven Caulker

    Not the debut he would have wanted. Dropped too far off Cole for the first goal and left Nolan all alone for the second. Past performances suggest he will improve, but will his new team-mates?

  • Ben Turner
    0
    0
    1.50

    Ben Turner

    Failed to get close enough to Cole and Nolan for the goals, and has some way to go to convince he is genuine Premier League class.

  • Peter Whittingham
    0
    0
    2.50

    Peter Whittingham

    One of his team's brighter sparks, he was nevertheless reduced mainly to speculative attempts from range.

  • Bo-Kyung Kim
    8
    0
    2.50

    Bo-Kyung Kim

    Looked tidy on the ball and used it intelligently, but not enough of his team-mates were on the same wavelength.

  • Aron Einar Gunnarsson
    0
    0
    2.00

    Aron Einar Gunnarsson

    Worked hard in midfield, but offered little in the way of attacking imagination or defensive solidity.

  • Gary Medel
    1
    0
    2.00

    Gary Medel

    A foul less than four minutes in signalled his intent and for a while he anchored the midfield with poise and assurance, but after that the game began to pass him by.

  • Fraizer Campbell
    1
    1
    2.00

    Fraizer Campbell

    Worked dutifully hard alone up front, but was criminally deprived of both support and service for most of the game.

  • Craig Bellamy
    2
    3
    1.50

    Craig Bellamy Flop of the Match

    Disappointing on his return to Upton Park, making the wrong decisions on the precious few occasions he was granted possession in promising positions.

  • Declan John
    0
    0
    1.50

    Declan John

    Suffered every bit as much against Cole as Connolly did against Jarvis on the opposite flank. Like many of his team-mates, he needs to improve significantly to have a hope of surviving at this level.

Substitutions

  • Jordon Mutch
    0
    0

    Jordon Mutch

    Came on for Campbell in the final seconds.

  • Nicky Maynard
    0
    0
    2.00

    Nicky Maynard

    Replaced Kim on 75 minutes as his manager rolled the dice, only for Nolan to settle matters a minute later.

  • Rudy Gestede
    0
    0
    2.00

    Rudy Gestede

    Came on for the ineffective Bellamy with 15 minutes to go, but was unable to prevent the game slipping away from his team.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
29 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man Utd.
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
15 0