Date: 1st February 2009 at 6:25pm
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Harper – 8/10 – Really unlucky with the goal, decent (ish) kicking and reasonably commanding on crosses. Not a bad effort to start the post-Given era.

Taylor – 8/10 – Good efforts going forward, especially to win us the penalty. Reasonably solid coming across to cover a number of times for the centre halves.

Coloccini – 4/10 – Struggled massively. Wonder whether the lad will end up becoming another costly Boumsong level mistake. The fact Kinnear is after a Hyppia figure reflects shockingly on a £10m player.

Bassong – 9/10 – Ran Jonas close for MOTM. Put in a fantastic shift against Jones and only Coloccini`s continual failure to handle Cisse robbed him of a clean sheet.

Enrique – 7/10 – Needs to work on his crossing but linked well with Jonas. Can he manage it consistently for 10 games though is the next question?

Duff – 5/10 – Never in the game, despite a couple of interesting crosses. Needs to shape up physically for the relegation battle.

Butt – 5/10 – Looked very leaden legged in the midfield. Almost cost us the match with his untimely header back to Coloccini.

Nolan – 6/10 – Steady rather than spectacular. Never got a sniff at goal but should figure more in an away day formation.

Jonas – 9.5/10 – Nearly a 10 but lacked some end product at times. Scared the mackems witless and the fact most of their bookings came through hacking him down says it all.

Ameobi – 5/10 – Got an extra mark for the penalty but was massively outshone by Carroll. Looks so leggy and off the pace it`s criminal.

Carroll – 7/10 – Was reasonably satisfied and missed out on a derby goal when his header flicked the bar.