Green putting World Cup behind him
WEST HAM 1
Kermit the Frog was right: it's not easy being Green. You try making a crucial mistake in your country's opening World Cup game.
Ever since that fateful spill against the US in June, Robert Green has had to deal with its largely deleterious consequences.
Confidence is a goalkeeper's most prized but most fragile commodity, and at times this season, Green's appeared to have reached its nadir. Having lost his England place, he committed similarly awful errors against Chelsea and Stoke, generating scorn from sections of his own fans. But the fightback is on.
Green pulled off a string of fine saves last weekend against Tottenham and he produced an action replay to rescue a point for West Ham at Upton Park.
If any opponent was going to bring on the sweaty palms, it was his old assailant, Clint Dempsey.
But, aside from a first-half goal he could do nothing about, Green kept him at bay, and late saves from Simon Davies and Dickson Etuhu extended West Ham's unbeaten run to four games. But, despite Green's heroics and Frederic Piquionne's second-half header, West Ham are at the foot of the table once more. (© Daily Telegraph, London)