Sunday Express - Sun 16 Dec 2001 - Page 108

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PREMIERSHIP Roeder's cautious Hammers do just enough to muzzle Gunners MARTIN SAMUEL SPORT FOOTBALL

108 ARSENAL at Upton Park 1 1 AVING all but derailed Manchester United seven days ago, West Ham had to settle for merely applying the brakes to Arsenal, a p Hoint apiece little but a minor setback for Arsene Wenger, particularly without two key players. The absence of Freddie Ljungberg and Ray Parlour should have galvanised West Ham after their exploits at Old Trafford, instead conservatism and lack of ambition in the second-half saw them fail to capitalise on a 36thminute lead before the usual Upton Park epiphany five minutes from time when the players woke up to the fact another Saturday afternoon was about to go down the drain and started playing like a team in need of three points.

Cole digs in f o r A r s e n a l

s truck th e bar, it look ed to be a matter of time before class won the day. The one time th e pair succ essfully combined, in the 36th minute, a goal was the result. WEST HAM UNITED (4-4-2): James 7; Schemmel 7, Repka 7, Dailly 7, Winterburn 7; Hutchison 5, Cole 7, Carrick 7, Sinclair 5; Di Canio 6, Kanoute 6 (Defoe 46, 5).

QUOTES

PAOLO DI CANIO le ft Upton Park bitterly complaining he had been w rongly branded a diver by referee Mike Riley.

Joe-Max power too much for

Gravesen and Powell left the field on stretchers and wearing neck-braces following an X-rated collision midway through the second-half which left them in a crumpled heap, horrified their team-mates and brought a five-minute break in proceedings.

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