Nicht nur Neo-Hammers-Coach Gianfranco Zola meint (laut BBC Online), es habe sich um einen verdienten Sieg nach einer schwierigen Woche gehandelt! Gianfranco Zola:
"I think it wasn't luck, I think we played a good match. There was only one team
that deserved to win and I'm pleased that it was West Ham.
"After the week we've had, a victory like this away from home will give the players a lot of confidence.
"I've been working with these players for two weeks now and I can't ask any more than what they are already doing."
Subs Not Used: Zuberbuhler, Ki-Hyeon, Nevland, Dempsey,Andreasen, Kallio, Baird.
Sent Off: Johnson (45).
Booked: Johnson, Konchesky, Murphy, Hangeland.
Goal: Murphy 59 pen.
West Ham: Green, Faubert, Neill, Upson, Ilunga, Behrami, Parker (Boa Morte 90), Noble, Etherington (Mullins 80), Cole, Di Michele (Bellamy 74).
Subs Not Used: Lastuvka, Lopez, Davenport, Sears.
Goals: Cole 43, Etherington 45.
Ref: Andre Marriner (W Midlands).