West Ham play-off ratings against Blackpool

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


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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

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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.

Subs:

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.

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