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West Ham 3-1 Charlton Athletic

Premier League    2006-07
Upton Park   34,937
1Roy Carroll    
5Anton Ferdinand    
4Daniel Gabbidon    
3Paul Konchesky   
2Tyrone Mears    
17Hayden Mullins    
15Yossi Benayoun    
29Lee Bowyer    
20Nigel Reo-Coker    
10Marlon Harewood   
25Bobby Zamora 2  
14John PantsilSubed #2   
8Teddy SheringhamSubed #25   
12Carlton ColeSubed #101  
 PosTable as at 19 Aug 2006PlWHDHLHFHAHWADALAFAAAPts
2West Ham United110031000003
3Bolton Wanderers110020000003
6Newcastle United110021000003
8Aston Villa100000010111
10Sheffield United101011000001
13Wigan Athletic100000001120
14Charlton Athletic100000001130
15Tottenham Hotspur100000001020
16Blackburn Rovers100000001030
match review copied from

The Observer datePublished Sunday 20 August 2006

Lee Bowyer admits a lot has changed at West Ham in the three years since his previous spell at the club, but one constant has been the midfielder's ability to polarise opinion. You either love him or hate him, it seems, and while the supporters of his first club, Charlton, fall into the former category, West Ham's fans have taken to him much more than they did during his unsuccessful first stint at Upton Park.

And no wonder. Having joined the club he supported as a boy on a permanent transfer this summer, Bowyer looks like finally becoming the local hero he was at The Valley when he made his name as a teenage prodigy a decade ago.

Bobby Zamora and Carlton Cole may have scored the goals that allowed West Ham to recover from a Darren Bent penalty in the 15th minute, but it was Bowyer who caught the eye with the sort of display that once made him Britain's most expensive teenager and then propelled him into the England side.

Bowyer was involved in everything of note from first minute to last and set up goals for Cole and Zamora, the latter of whom started in West Ham's attack only because Dean Ashton broke his ankle training with England last week.

Bowyer was also involved in the 27th-minute dismissal of Charlton defender Djimi Traore. Having been booked for fouling the West Ham midfielder in the 24th minute, the former Liverpool player was sent off by referee Howard Webb moments later for sticking out a foot to block Bowyer's quick free-kick.

It was an act of stupidity on a par with the handball committed by West Ham defender Danny Gabbidon that allowed Charlton to take an undeserved lead in the 15th minute. Bryan Hughes curled in a cross that appeared to be heading wide of the far post, but Gabbidon sensed Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was too close for comfort and inexplicably stuck up a hand to flick the ball away.

Referee Webb had initially awarded a corner, but then pointed to the penalty spot after consulting his assistant on the far side. Bent smacked the ball in off Roy Carroll's right post. It was harsh on West Ham, who had started brightly and went close in the first half through Zamora, Nigel Reo-Coker and Marlon Harewood.

They finally equalised six minutes into the second half. Bowyer whipped in a cross from the right, Yossi Benayoun glanced the ball on and Zamora tapped in unmarked at the far post.

Bowyer, who also hit a post, set up Zamora again in the 66th minute when he cut in from the left and crossed for the former Tottenham striker to hit a soft shot on the turn that went in off a post. Substitute Cole drilled home the third in the final minute.

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