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Carlton Cole

Squad Number: 24
Position: Striker
Born: 12th Nov 1983 (Surrey, England)
Signed: 5th Jul 2006 (£2,000,000)
Contract: 1½ years (signed January 2014)
Previous Club: Chelsea

KUMB Awards: Goal of the Season 2008/09, (runner up) 2009/10; Most Improved Player 2008/09, (runner up) 2007/08, (third place) 2009/10; Worst Player (third place) 2006/07; Worst Signing (third place) 2006/07.

Carlton Cole made his name as a 19-year old at Chelsea when he hit an amazing 37 goals in his first season as a reserve team player.

Since then however his first team chances at Stamford Bridge were severely restricted by Chelsea's extravagant spending policy, and after spending spells on loan at Charlton and Aston Villa put pen to paper on a four-year-contract with the Hammers, after rejecting Spurs.

Cole spent five years at West Ham before leaving the Club at the end of his contract, signed in 2008. However he rejoined West Ham five months later having failed to find a new club and with West Ham amidst something of a striker crisis.

Cole signed a short-term, three-month contract which keeps him at West Ham until January 2014.


ALWAYS BELIEVE: A selection of Carlton's finest moments as a Hammer

 

2013/14 Match Notes & Ratings

1-3 v Norwich City (a) 9th November 2013
by Staff Writer

CC currently looks a long way shy of full fitness. With his short-term deal up in January, he doesn't have long left to make a case for another contract.

2-0 v Aston Villa (a) 8th February 2014
by Raedwulf

Battled away, without having much decent service. Seemed to take a knock later on in the first half, and subbed at half time.

1-2 v Liverpool (h) 6th April 2014
by Raedwulf

Hardly saw anything of the ball in the less than 10 mins he was on for...

0-1 v Crystal Palace (a) 3rd December 2013
by Staff Writer

In the starting XI - but offered very little to suggest he should keep his place.

0-1 v Crystal Palace (a) 3rd December 2013
by Trevor Twohig

Very poor today.

0-0 v Aston Villa (h) 2nd November 2013
by Trevor Twohig

No clear cut chances.

0-0 v Aston Villa (h) 2nd November 2013
by Gordon Thrower

I can see why Sam has been reluctant to throw him in – he's clearly still got few lbs to shed. Whilst his backside isn't quite up to Razor Ruddock levels it's still one for the “wide load” signs.

0-0 v Aston Villa (h) 2nd November 2013
by Rob Chapman

Does what we expect of Carlton, causes a nuisance without ever really looking like scoring. Should have had a pen though.

3-3 v West Bromwich Albion (h) 28th December 2013
by Gordon Thrower

The only impression on the game he left was on Olsson's thigh.

3-3 v West Bromwich Albion (h) 28th December 2013
by Trevor Twohig

Gave it his limited all .

0-0 v Swansea City (a) 27th October 2013
by Trevor Twohig

Good defensively – not many chances up top .

0-2 v Manchester United (h) 22nd March 2014
by Raedwulf

In fairness, he had little chance to shine. On the other hand, he did nothing at all with what little possession he got.

3-1 v Southampton (h) 22nd February 2014
by Raedwulf

I refer the Honourable Reader to my remarks concerning one Kevin Anthony Jance Nolan.

3-1 v Southampton (h) 22nd February 2014
by Gordon Thrower

Spent most of the game with arms around his neck so the goal was just reward. Well taken too.

0-1 v Everton (a) 1st March 2014
by Raedwulf

Surprisingly started, even more surprisingly subbed on only 28 minutes. Didn't look happy & I don't blame him. Had a pretty average (for him) game; a few poor touches, but also created our best chance.

1-2 v Fulham (a) 1st January 2014
by Gordon Thrower

Made a nuisance of himself of sorts but, like Maiga, until the end there was little in the way of support, meaning that we were relying on Clattenburg to actually give some of the fouls perpetrated against him. Fat hope.

2-0 v Swansea City (h) 1st February 2014
by Raedwulf

Not easy coming on a man down to replace Carroll; did his best for the 25 minutes he was on.

2-0 v Swansea City (h) 1st February 2014
by Gordon Thrower

Came on to give us an outlet when Carroll wet off. Bless him he battled gamely but his first touch isn't improving with age.

2-1 v Tottenham Hotspur (a) 18th December 2013
by Staff Writer

The modern day Iain Dowe. Whilst the quality isn't quite what's required at this level he always gives 100 per cent.

2-1 v Tottenham Hotspur (a) 18th December 2013
by Trevor Twohig

Won some headers.

0-0 v Sunderland (h) 14th December 2013
by Trevor Twohig

No threat at all.

0-0 v Sunderland (h) 14th December 2013
by Gordon Thrower

No service. No impact.

2-0 v Cardiff City (a) 11th January 2014
by Trevor Twohig

A goal and another top effort from the lad.

2-0 v Norwich City (h) 11th February 2014
by Raedwulf

Not so much carthorse as donkey tonight. Struggled to impose himself on the defence, couldn't retain possession, lay on his back asking for a penalty he didn't deserve when he should have been getting to his feet.

 

2012/13 Match Notes & Ratings

0-2 v Everton (a) 12th May 2013
by Staff Writer

Comments to follow...

1-2 v Manchester City (a) 27th April 2013
by Staff Writer

Comments to follow...

1-1 v Queens Park Rangers (h) 19th January 2013
by Gordon Thrower

(Replaced Chamakh, 62)
Caused a bigger threat and it was his header that led to the goal.

2-2 v Manchester United (h) 5th January 2013
by Gordon Thrower

Vidic didn’t really have a clue how to deal with him other than to kick lumps out of him throughout.

2-1 v Norwich City (h) 1st January 2013
by Gordon Thrower

Generally ok but was guilty of a miss that – in his own words – his Mum would have put away. Needs to get over it (see comments on RVT).

1-2 v Everton (h) 22nd December 2012
by Gordon Thrower

Another fine goal. Another excellent display of holding up the ball. Ought to sue the ref – there are 35,000 witnesses who will back him up.

3-1 v Chelsea (h) 1st December 2012
by Gordon Thrower

Even in the first half he was working his socks off – despite a lack of support. In the second, with a little help from his colleagues he was superb. Deserved the goal, despite Chelsea’s protestations.

0-0 v Manchester City (h) 3rd November 2012
by Gordon Thrower

(Replaced Collins, 84)
Useful few minutes for the youngster.

1-2 v Wigan Athletic (a) 27th October 2012
by Rob Chapman

(Replaced Diame, 73)
His main contribution was not being Diame, who by that stage was a liability.

1-3 v Arsenal (h) 6th October 2012
by Gordon Thrower

(Replaced Diame, 82)
They got their third just after he came on so he was on a hiding to nothing really.

1-1 v Sunderland (h) 22nd September 2012
by Gordon Thrower

Caused problems but overall got little change from the defence – or from some dreadful refereeing.

0-0 v Norwich City (a) 15th September 2012
by Robert Watson

He never really got into the game and it looked as if he came off injured. Not enough good service to him but he was fairly quiet either way.

3-0 v Fulham (h) 1st September 2012
by Stuart Jones

(Replaced Carroll, 68)
A caase of 'how do you follow that'? Hangeland was delighted when Cole came on for Carroll, for one.

3-0 v Fulham (h) 1st September 2012
by Gordon Thrower

(Replaced Carroll, 68)
Difficult to come in up front in a match that had effectively ended as a contest ages before. Not much of an impression as a result.

0-3 v Swansea City (a) 25th August 2012
by Tom Kilbey

Was not in the game at all mainly due to a lack of service. Crosses from wide areas were decent, but balls into him with his back to goal were far short of what would be expected for a side who rely on a target man as a lone striker.

1-0 v Aston Villa (h) 18th August 2012
by Gordon Thrower

Gave Vlaar a hard time. Ran himself into the ground (when not being pushed to it). Ought to have scored, perhaps, when Taylor’s cross ser him up on a plate.

 

2011/12 Match Notes & Ratings

2-1 v Blackpool (n) 19th May 2012
by Gordon Thrower

Constant thorn in the side of the opposition defence. Scored one, made the other. Higher mark prevented by the horrible error that cost us the equaliser.

3-0 v Cardiff City (h) 7th May 2012
by Gordon Thrower

Another “worked his socks off” performance. Though he rarely looked like scoring the Cardiff defence knew they’d been in a match and must have been overjoyed to see him replaced by Maynard late on.

2-0 v Cardiff City (a) 3rd May 2012
by Staff Writer

Cole at his best for the second successive game. The one-time England striker tormented the Cardiff defence who failed to cope with his strength and willingness to fight for every ball. Sadly there will still be those who will criticise him for not getting on the score sheet but as tonight proved, there's far more to CC than goals alone.

2-1 v Hull City (h) 28th April 2012
by Gordon Thrower

Cole at his best. A fine game and took both goals well. The second was particularly splendid.

6-0 v Brighton & Hove Albion (h) 14th April 2012
by Gordon Thrower

Kept at it despite the disgraceful lack of protection afforded to him by the match officials. Deserved the goal that he’ll probably lose.

2-4 v Reading (h) 31st March 2012
by Gordon Thrower

Decent run out before being taken off. Worked incredibly hard and should have had a second half penalty when having the shirt pulled off his back at a corner. Took the goal well which seemed to give him a confidence boost.

1-1 v Leeds United (a) 17th March 2012
by James May

(Replaced Maynard, 56)
Gave the side a boost when he came on and held the ball up front well. Probably should have started.

1-1 v Doncaster Rovers (h) 10th March 2012
by Gordon Thrower

Hit the bar but his somewhat tentative prod towards goal that was put away betrayed a lack of confidence. Another who suffered from D’Urso’s poor performance.

1-1 v Doncaster Rovers (h) 10th March 2012
by Daniel Prescott

Hit the bar but should have done better, that was about it.

1-1 v Watford (h) 7th March 2012
by Daniel Prescott

Another for whom nothing came off (bar one excellent reverse pass for Noble in the first half) - although being closely marked by two players at all times didn't help his cause. Having said that, you expect a little more at this level from a player who has represented his national side.

2-0 v Cardiff City (a) 4th March 2012
by Gordon Thrower

(Replaced Maynard, 63)
Not much joy up on his own. Got fouled a few times without intervention from the officials. As usual.

0-0 v Crystal Palace (h) 25th February 2012
by Gordon Thrower

(Replaced Faubert, 46)
Given no help from the referee and it appeared to get him down. Presumably Mr Salisbury threatened him with a yellow if he allowed any more defenders to grab him around the neck again. Shame really because he gave the Palace defence something to think about, something that Maynard had failed to do.

4-1 v Blackpool (a) 22nd February 2012
by James May

(Replaced Maynard, 82)
Very little time to effect the game but looked sharp and was involved in the Vaz Te goal.

1-1 v Southampton (h) 14th February 2012
by James May

Another almost impossible task up front on his own after the sending off. However battled his heart out and caused the Southampton backline a number of problems.

2-1 v Millwall (h) 4th February 2012
by Gordon Thrower

Possibly the best I’ve seen him play in a “one up” role. Helped by support coming through from Faubert, he held the ball up superbly and, battling against the usually illegal attentions of the defenders and the usually incomprehensible attentions of the ref, he thoroughly deserved his goal.

2-1 v Millwall (h) 4th February 2012
by James May

Fantastic performance. Often isolated up top but held the ball up brilliantly and the Millwall backline couldn’t deal with him all game. Didn’t stop running and took his goal exceptionally. MOTM.

2-1 v Nottingham Forest (h) 21st January 2012
by James May

Struggled to influence the game. Couldn’t form an understanding with Baldock and a little isolated second half. First touch must improve.

1-0 v Portsmouth (a) 14th January 2012
by Gordon Thrower

Failed to cause Portsmouth too many problems, largely as a consequence of his isolation up front – with nobody close at hand to bring into play the ball usually ended up coming straight back.

1-2 v Derby County (a) 31st December 2011
by Gordon Thrower

(Replaced Piquionne, 61) Hustled and bustled but might it have been better had he been on from the start?

1-0 v Barnsley (h) 17th December 2011
by Gordon Thrower

Gave the Barnsley defence much to think about without much looking like scoring.

1-2 v Burnley (h) 3rd December 2011
by East Stand Martin

A bit hit-and-miss today. Although he didn't have one of his better days he still looked dangerous in the final third and presented a problem to Burnley throughout.

3-1 v Derby County (h) 26th November 2011
by Gordon Thrower

Derby didn’t really have a clue as to how to deal with the player. Took his goal well, held the ball well and got through a hell of a lot of running. In a week when it was difficult to pick out one individual performance I’ll give him my MOTM. I’m sure he’s overchuffed!

2-1 v Coventry City (a) 19th November 2011
by Gordon Thrower

(Replaced Carew, 46) His marks are as much for the impact he had on the game as anything. Coventry had little answer to his power. His shot may have been going wide but he made it happen. MOTM for his impact.

2-0 v Hull City (a) 5th November 2011
by Gordon Thrower

(Replaced Carew, 46) Caused more problems than Carew and made a major contribution to both goals.

2-2 v Crystal Palace (a) 1st October 2011
by Gordon Thrower

Not a great game. Partly his fault (his touch and tendency to take on players unnecessarily didn’t help) and partly the system’s – playing like that he needs to hold the ball up until the cavalry arrives, which is difficult enough when you’re at the top of your game. Which he wasn’t. If Mr Allardyce insists that this was a 4-3-3 (as he often does) Cole might want to ask who the other two were that were supposedly supporting him.

0-1 v Ipswich Town (h) 27th September 2011
by Gordon Thrower

Sometimes he looks a world-beater. Sometimes he looks as if Geoff Boycott’s Mum could knock him off the ball. This was one of the latter days.

1-0 v Peterborough (h) 24th September 2011
by Staff Writer

Always a major threat to an opposition defence, CC found it hard going as the lone striker in Sam's (rather unorthadox) 433 formation but should have done better with the rare chances afforded him. A touch of flu didn't help either.

4-3 v Portsmouth (h) 10th September 2011
by Gordon Thrower

A fine example of the target man’s art. Held the ball up well throughout and took the goal well.

4-1 v Nottingham Forest (a) 28th August 2011
by Staff Writer

Immense, three goals in three games and Coley continues to terrorise this league. It's been suggested elsewhere that Cole could be from the Darren Huckerby school: too good for the Championship, not quite good enough for the Premier League. He's certainly beginning to prove the former point.

2-2 v Leeds United (h) 21st August 2011
by Gordon Thrower

Scored one, should have had a penalty – though maybe having done the hard work to get into position if he’d shot earlier he wouldn’t have been at the mercy of a muppet ref.

4-0 v Watford (a) 16th August 2011
by Brian Evans

A fairly decent game. Suffered very much the same issues as Piquionne; cross-field balls, running the flanks, trying to hold the ball up at every opportunity - which he did quite well - but it's just a thankless task in that role and one that will not be pretty, but will be very necessary in order to allow the rest of the team to play well. The only difference with Cole last night was that he found himself in the right position for an easy tap-in.

1-0 v Doncaster Rovers (a) 13th August 2011
by Gordon Thrower

(Replaced Piquionne, 62 mins) Not convinced by him as a winger but he did show some pace, which was a different set of problems for Rovers midfield to think about.

1-0 v Doncaster Rovers (a) 13th August 2011
by East Stand Martin

(Replaced Piquionne, 62 mins) Looked more alert than the man he replaced.

0-1 v Cardiff City (h) 7th August 2011
by Gordon Thrower

(Replaced Piquionne, 75 mins) Put himself about a bit for a quarter of an hour but the threat wasn’t much different from that provided by the player he replaced.

 

2010/11 Match Notes & Ratings

1-1 v Blackburn Rovers (h) 7th May 2011
by Gordon Thrower

Tried to make his usual nuisance of himself but was pretty well shackled by Samba.

1-2 v Manchester City (a) 23rd April 2011
by Staff Writer

(Replaced Keane, 66 mins) He didn't make too much of an impact but was unlucky with one goalbound shot which was blocked by Lescott.

0-3 v Chelsea (a) 23rd April 2011
by Staff Writer

The furstrating side of CFC. A handful like Ba, but unlike Ba he seemed incapable of getting his shots away.

1-2 v Aston Villa (h) 16th April 2011
by Gordon Thrower

Huffed and puffed to little effect though to be fair he had no real service.

0-3 v Bolton Wanderers (a) 9th April 2011
by Staff Writer

(Replaced Piquionne, 46 mins) Lively and caused trouble in Bolton's box.

2-4 v Manchester United (h) 2nd April 2011
by Staff Writer

Comments to follow.

0-0 v Tottenham Hotspur (a) 19th March 2011
by Gordon Thrower

Held the ball up well on some occasions then messed it up completely on others. Battled throughout though and never let the defenders settle. Should have scored.

1-2 v Stoke City (a) 13th March 2011
by Staff Writer

Cole is becoming increasingly like Marmite - either great or awful. Today he was nearer the latter.

3-0 v Stoke City (h) 5th March 2011
by Gordon Thrower

Unfortunate not to go on the scorer’s list. Was a handful throughout for the Stoke defence and was seen to pop up in defence on the few occasions Delap’s throws looked as if they might be bothersome.

3-1 v Liverpool (h) 27th February 2011
by Gordon Thrower

(Replaced Ba, 88 mins) A high mark for five minutes work perhaps but in those five minutes he did all that was required – and much, much more.

5-1 v Burnley (h) 21st February 2011
by Staff Writer

Comments to follow.

3-3 v West Bromwich Albion (a) 12th February 2011
by Staff Writer

His knockdown led to the crucial second but once again it was at defensive set-pieces that he provided his most important contributions. Excluding Adams' goal that he made a complete hash of, naturally.

0-1 v Birmingham City (h) 6th February 2011
by Gordon Thrower

(Replaced Piquionne, 59 mins) First touch sometimes good sometimes bad. The usual.

1-3 v Birmingham City (a) 26th January 2011
by Staff Writer

Comments to follow.

0-3 v Arsenal (h) 15th January 2011
by Staff Writer

Comments to follow.

2-1 v Birmingham City (h) 11th January 2011
by Staff Writer

(Replaced Piquionne, 73 mins) Comments to follow.

0-5 v Newcastle United (a) 5th January 2011
by Staff Writer

Comments to follow.

2-0 v Wolverhampton Wanderers (h) 1st January 2011
by Gordon Thrower

We saw him at his best and his worst all in the same match. Some moments of beautiful control were contrasted against some daft moments that left you wondering if that was the same player who had just brought the ball down and laid it off so well. Still that superb dummy (chortle) will live on in the mind for a bit.

1-1 v Everton (a) 28th December 2010
by Gordon Thrower

(Replaced Piquionne, 56 mins) Comments to follow.

3-1 v Fulham (a) 26th December 2010
by Staff Writer

Comments to follow.

1-1 v Blackburn Rovers (a) 18th December 2010
by Staff Writer

(Replaced Barrera, 57 mins) Comments to follow.

1-3 v Manchester City (h) 11th December 2010
by Staff Writer

(Replaced Barrera, 71 mins) Comments to follow.

0-1 v Sunderland (a) 5th December 2010
by Staff Writer

Comments to follow.

4-0 v Manchester United (h) 30th November 2010
by Gordon Thrower

Two well-taken goals and some good hold-up play interspersed with the odd howler. Can we stop the booing now please guys?

3-1 v Wigan Athletic (h) 27th November 2010
by Gordon Thrower

(Replaced Piquionne, 76 mins) Could have scored late on but not really on for long enough to make an impression.

0-3 v Liverpool (a) 20th November 2010
by Staff Writer

Comments to follow.

0-0 v Blackpool (h) 13th November 2010
by Gordon Thrower

(Replaced Boa Morte, 71 mins) Missed a sitter. That's about it really.

2-2 v West Bromwich Albion (h) 10th November 2010
by Staff Writer

Comments to follow.

2-2 v Birmingham City (a) 6th November 2010
by Staff Writer

Comments to follow.

0-1 v Arsenal (a) 30th October 2010
by Gordon Thrower

(Replaced Piquionne, 73 mins) Another who had a bit of a thankless task. Battled gamely.

3-1 v Stoke City (h) 27th October 2010
by Gordon Thrower

Like Boa Morte he didn't have the greatest of matches but he never gave up, despite the often illegal attention of the Stoke defence – one unpunished stranglehold in particular sticks in the mind begging the question what did he have to do to actually get a free-kick.

1-2 v Newcastle United (h) 23rd October 2010
by Gordon Thrower

Couldn't miss the goal but failed to hold the ball up for the rest of the match – on those rare occasions his team mates could find him.

1-1 v Wolverhampton Wanderers (a) 16th October 2010
by Staff Writer

(Replaced Dyer, 77 mins) His movement was good and he actually managed to win the odd header. Disappointingly fluffed his shot after some juggling created the chance. Almost Amazing #2.

1-1 v Fulham (h) 2nd October 2010
by Gordon Thrower

(Replaced Barrera, 69 mins) Failed to impress in the 20 minutes or so he was on the pitch.

1-0 v Tottenham Hotspur (h) 26th September 2010
by East Stand Martin

(Replaced Piquionne, 64 mins) Provided a different sort of outlet to Piquionne who he replaced. Very harshly booked for being wrestled to the ground by a defender.

1-0 v Tottenham Hotspur (h) 26th September 2010
by Gordon Thrower

(Replaced Piquionne, 64 mins) Provided a different sort of outlet to Piquionne who he replaced. Very harshly booked for being wrestled to the ground by a defender.

2-1 v Sunderland (a) 21st September 2010
by Staff Writer

(Replaced Piquionne, 78 mins) Comments to follow.

1-1 v Stoke City (a) 18th September 2010
by Staff Writer

Never really a threat. Showed effort from time to time but never really caused the Stoke defence any trouble. He is good enough to warrant another two/three games as first choice forward, but the fact that he is not creating anything is very worrying.

1-3 v Chelsea (h) 11th September 2010
by Gordon Thrower

Poor. His touch let him down time and time again.

0-3 v Manchester United (a) 28th August 2010
by Staff Writer

No service=Cole is redundant. It would have been better to have played a 5-5 formation.

1-0 v Oxford United (h) 24th August 2010
by Staff Writer No.2

(Replaced Stanislas, 62 mins) The best attacking player in the game by far.

1-3 v Bolton Wanderers (h) 21st August 2010
by Gordon Thrower

One of those days. Unlucky to find the 'keeper in good form on occasion but the penalty was just awful.

0-3 v Aston Villa (a) 14th August 2010
by Staff Writer

Fairly anonymous, failed to hold the ball up - and when that happens, West Ham rarely play well.

 

2009/10 Match Notes & Ratings

1-1 v Manchester City (h) 9th May 2010
by Gordon Thrower

Struggled throughout before being subbed. Needs a rest and, on this form, he'll get one while the World Cup is on.

2-3 v Fulham (a) 3rd May 2010
by Gordon Thrower

Rotten luck for the og. Good finish for the goal. Not much else.

3-2 v Wigan Athletic (h) 24th April 2010
by Gordon Thrower

Started well but the change of marker from Caldwell to Bramble reduced his effectiveness. Still provided the all-important equaliser for Ilan. Still not anywhere near as effective as he was before his injury lay-off.

0-3 v Liverpool (a) 19th April 2010
by Staff Writer

Comments to follow.

1-0 v Sunderland (h) 10th April 2010
by Gordon Thrower

Caused difficulties for the visitors' defence without providing much of an obvious goal threat.

2-2 v Everton (a) 1st April 2010
by Staff Writer

Worked hard today and battled away well. Had a coupled of chances that he failed to take.

0-1 v Stoke City (h) 27th March 2010
by East Stand Martin

The spat with the fans last Tuesday didn't do him any favours, nor did another ineffective performance leading the attack today.

1-3 v Wolverhampton Wanderers (h) 23rd March 2010
by Rob Chapman

Gradually lost confidence – and therefore interest – as the game progressed. Some promising early hold-up play eventually superseded by a ghost of his former self ambling about the pitch aimlessly.

1-3 v Wolverhampton Wanderers (h) 23rd March 2010
by East Stand Martin

Just never in it - and regardless of the level of provocation, shouting at the fans won't do his cause any good.

0-2 v Arsenal (a) 20th March 2010
by Staff Writer

(Replaced Franco, 57 minutes) Comments to follow.

1-4 v Chelsea (a) 13th March 2010
by Staff Writer

(Replaced Dyer, 68 minutes) Comments to follow.

1-2 v Bolton Wanderers (h) 6th March 2010
by Gordon Thrower

Barely at the races – and continually caught offside.

0-3 v Manchester United (a) 23rd February 2010
by Staff Writer

One to forget for the England hopeful who was marked out of the game by the returning Vidic.

3-0 v Hull City (h) 21st February 2010
by Daniel Prescott

Great goal for the clincher, kept a cool head and slotted past Myhill with quality.

3-0 v Hull City (h) 21st February 2010
by East Stand Martin

On his own admission, his overall performance was not the greatest – however, the finish for his goal was excellent. Hopefully the groin niggle that saw his early departure is nothing too serious.

3-0 v Hull City (h) 21st February 2010
by Gordon Thrower

On his own admission, his overall performance was not the greatest – however, the finish for his goal was excellent. Hopefully the groin niggle that saw his early departure is nothing too serious.

2-0 v Birmingham City (h) 10th February 2010
by Gordon Thrower

Got better as the game went on and both started and finished the move that gave us the second.

1-2 v Burnley (a) 6th February 2010
by Rob Chapman

A massive bonus having him back in contention. Not quite back to top form, but even a semi-fit Cole is a huge asset. The Burnley defence frequently looked bereft of ideas when it came to dealing with his presence. Welcome back!

0-0 v Blackburn Rovers (h) 30th January 2010
by Gordon Thrower

(Replaced Kovac, 58 mins) Good to see him back. Looked a bit rusty but still caused the odd problem. His most telling contribution though was his goal-line clearance in the second half.

1-1 v Portsmouth (a) 26th January 2010
by Staff Writer

(Replaced Nouble, 74 minutes) Comments to follow.

5-3 v Burnley (h) 28th November 2009
by Gordon Thrower

Given that we were 3-0 up at half time when he was withdrawn through injury, I’m hoping his substitution was precautionary in nature. Make that praying.

3-3 v Hull City (a) 21st November 2009
by Staff Writer

Comments to follow.

2-1 v Aston Villa (h) 4th November 2009
by Gordon Thrower

Was looking dangerous until his untimely exit. I’m torn between wanting him back ASAP – doing the usual thing of rushing players back too soon – and letting him rest up until he’s fully recovered. Still our physios know what they’re doing. Don’t they?

2-2 v Sunderland (a) 31st October 2009
by Gordon Thrower

Caused Sunderland all sorts of problems. Picked up another ridiculous booking from a ref who, by that time, had clearly lost the plot.

2-2 v Arsenal (h) 25th October 2009
by Gordon Thrower

The one player on the pitch who never gave up. Thoroughly deserved the goal and whatever MOTM plaudits came his way.

1-2 v Stoke City (a) 17th October 2009
by Staff Writer

Comments to follow.

2-2 v Fulham (h) 4th October 2009
by Gordon Thrower

Good header for the goal. Held the ball up well but the lack of support told in the second.

1-3 v Manchester City (a) 28th September 2009
by Hammer John

Our best player. Wasn't great but scored a goal and would have had an assist if it wasn't for a terrible terrible decision by the linesman!

1-3 v Bolton Wanderers (a) 22nd September 2009
by Hammer John

(Replaced Dyer, 75 mins) Made a real diference when he came on, looked a threat.

2-3 v Liverpool (h) 19th September 2009
by Gordon Thrower

Battled manfully against the, usually illegal, attentions of the Liverpool defence. The booking was a complete joke.

0-1 v Wigan Athletic (a) 12th September 2009
by Gordon Thrower

Not one of his better days. Failed to cause the defenders any bother.

0-0 v Blackburn Rovers (a) 29th August 2009
by East Stand Martin

One of those days when little came off for the England striker.

3-1 v Millwall (h) 25th August 2009
by East Stand Martin

Worked tirelessly alone up front. Endured the kind of abuse from our guests that most had thought consigned to history.

1-2 v Tottenham Hotspur (h) 23rd August 2009
by East Stand Martin

The goal was every bit as good as the backpass wasn’t. Appeared as gutted as we were at the end.

1-2 v Tottenham Hotspur (h) 23rd August 2009
by Gordon Thrower

The goal was every bit as good as the backpass wasn’t. Appeared as gutted as we were at the end.

2-0 v Wolverhampton Wanderers (a) 15th August 2009
by Andy Stansfield

Got stronger as the match wore on – despite developing a worrying limp in the second half. Can claim some credit for the second.

2-0 v Wolverhampton Wanderers (a) 15th August 2009
by Gordon Thrower

Got stronger as the match wore on – despite developing a worrying limp in the second half. Can claim some credit for the second.

2-0 v Beijing Guoan (n) 31st July 2009
by Staff Writer

A decent show although chances were few and far between.

 

2008/09 Match Notes & Ratings

2-1 v Middlesbrough (h) 24th May 2009
by Gordon Thrower

Showed what we’d been missing for the last couple of months. Good finish for the goal.

1-0 v Manchester City (h) 21st February 2009
by Gordon Thrower

Excellent. Lead the line really well, held the ball up and was back in defence at the death with a couple of fine headers.

1-2 v Bolton Wanderers (a) 21st February 2009
by John Simkin

An impressive performance considering he did not train all week. Unfortunately, all the good chances fell to his fellow striker.

1-1 v Middlesbrough (h) 14th February 2009
by John Simkin

Injured early on and it was foolish to keep him on the pitch for so long.

1-1 v Middlesbrough (h) 14th February 2009
by East Stand Martin

Was doing ok if nothing spectacular before injury curtailed his afternoon.

1-1 v Middlesbrough (h) 14th February 2009
by Gordon Thrower

Was doing ok if nothing spectacular before injury curtailed his afternoon.

0-1 v Manchester United (h) 8th February 2009
by John Simkin

Closely marked by Ferdinand and Vidic but held the ball up well and posed the only real threat to the opposition.

0-1 v Manchester United (h) 8th February 2009
by Gordon Thrower

A constant thorn in the side of the tightest defence n the league at present – Rio was lucky not to walk early on.

0-0 v Arsenal (a) 31st January 2009
by East Stand Martin

Rarely a goalscoring threat, he did however get through a lot of running and, on a day when service was at a premium, that was all you could ask of him really.

0-0 v Arsenal (a) 31st January 2009
by Gordon Thrower

Rarely a goalscoring threat, he did however get through a lot of running and, on a day when service was at a premium, that was all you could ask of him really.

0-0 v Arsenal (a) 31st January 2009
by John Simkin

Closely marked by Toure and Gallas he had few opportunities but still managed to get two shots on target.

2-0 v Hull City (h) 28th January 2009
by John Simkin

Scored in his fifth consecutive league game and therefore equalled the club record set by Tony Cottee in the 1985-86 season. Although he missed four other good chances, his all round play makes him one of the most difficult strikers to play against in the Premier League.

2-0 v Hartlepool United (a) 24th January 2009
by John Simkin

Made some good runs and with a little more luck would have scored to keep his run going. Was rightly substituted when Zola made the assessment that the referee might give his robust play a second yellow card.

3-1 v Fulham (h) 18th January 2009
by John Simkin

Kept fairly quiet in the first-half by the impressive Hangeland. However, he proved a real handful in the second-half and showed that he is now full of confidence in front of goal.

2-2 v Newcastle United (a) 10th January 2009
by Gordon Thrower

Great goal and caused no end of problems for the home defence.

3-0 v Barnsley (h) 3rd January 2009
by Gordon Thrower

Caused constant awkwardness to the Barnsley defence and the glancing header was well taken for the goal.

2-1 v Stoke City (h) 28th December 2008
by East Stand Martin

Some of the stick he’s got of late has been ridiculous – one bloke near me had a go when a defender got a brilliant block on him. He missed harder chances than the one it took, it has to be said, and there are times when he could make more of an effort in chasing down defenders. The goal was excellent though.

2-1 v Stoke City (h) 28th December 2008
by Gordon Thrower

Some of the stick he’s got of late has been ridiculous – one bloke near me had a go when a defender got a brilliant block on him. He missed harder chances than the one it took, it has to be said, and there are times when he could make more of an effort in chasing down defenders. The goal was excellent though.

0-0 v Portsmouth (h) 15th November 2008
by East Stand Martin

Failed to cause too many problems for the Pompey defence – I expected him to look a little hungrier after his enforced absence.

0-0 v Portsmouth (h) 15th November 2008
by Gordon Thrower

Failed to cause too many problems for the Pompey defence – I expected him to look a little hungrier after his enforced absence.

1-3 v Bolton Wanderers (h) 5th October 2008
by Gordon Thrower

Took the goal well but lacked support.

2-1 v Fulham (a) 28th September 2008
by Gordon Thrower

Held the ball up well and gave the home defence a hard time.

3-1 v Newcastle United (h) 20th September 2008
by Alex Shilling

The team revolved around him today, he was at the centre of every good chance we had,

3-1 v Newcastle United (h) 20th September 2008
by Gordon Thrower

Held the ball up superbly and, whilst he didn’t score, he worked his socks off throughout.

2-3 v West Bromwich Albion (a) 13th September 2008
by East Stand Martin

Worked like a trojan as always, it's just a shame that his final ball is all too often lacking.

4-1 v Blackburn Rovers (h) 30th August 2008
by East Stand Martin

Like Behrami he had to wait til the death to receive his reward but the goal was a fitting way to cap a decent performance.

4-1 v Blackburn Rovers (h) 30th August 2008
by Gordon Thrower

First touch sometimes lacking but battled constantly despite being the victim of sometimes appalling refereeing from Riley.

4-1 v Macclesfield Town (h) 27th August 2008
by Graeme Howlett

(replaced Sears, 58) An excellent performance - scored a poachers goal and had about six shots (all on target and generally well hit). One great chest trap and volley on the run, and he is very quick; if only we could pass the ball in a way that would allow him to run onto it sometimes...

0-3 v Manchester City (a) 24th August 2008
by Gordon Thrower

Ran down a few blind alleys. Lost the ball a few times. Got injured. Went Off.

0-3 v Manchester City (a) 24th August 2008
by Alex Shilling

Worked hard all over the pitch until injured. Hopefully not serious.

2-1 v Wigan Athletic (h) 16th August 2008
by Nick Bull

Worked very hard throughout though it is perhaps notable that his most telling contributions came from defensive work.

2-1 v Wigan Athletic (h) 16th August 2008
by East Stand Martin

Worked very hard throughout though it is perhaps notable that his most telling contributions came from defensive work.

2-1 v Wigan Athletic (h) 16th August 2008
by Gordon Thrower

Worked very hard throughout though it is perhaps notable that his most telling contributions came from defensive work.

2-1 v Wigan Athletic (h) 16th August 2008
by Alex Shilling

A typically robust, hard-working performance from him. Competeed for everything.

2-3 v MLS AllStars (n) 25th July 2008
by Graeme Howlett

Did well to set up one of Ashton's strikes but offered little threat in front of goal.

 

2007/08 Match Notes & Ratings

2-2 v Aston Villa (h) 10th May 2008
by Gordon Thrower

(replaced Zamora, 73) Failed to make an impression.

1-4 v Manchester United (a) 3rd May 2008
by Gordon Thrower

(replaced Ashton, 56) Put himself about a bit to little effect.

1-4 v Manchester United (a) 3rd May 2008
by Alex Shilling

(replaced Ashton, 56) Not bad, although Ashton shouldn't have come off. Did his usual role, and performed it well. Very impressed with his attitude and the way he's performed this season.

2-2 v Newcastle United (h) 26th April 2008
by Alex Shilling

(replaced Zamora, 68) Performed the same role that Zamora was playing but to greater effect. It worked in the last home game when Sears was replaced, it nearly worked here.

2-2 v Newcastle United (h) 26th April 2008
by Gordon Thrower

(replaced Zamora, 68) Not bad – some nice link-up play in the second half.

2-1 v Derby County (h) 19th April 2008
by Gordon Thrower

(replaced Sears, 74) Made one very telling and important touch. And a few more ordinary ones.

0-1 v Portsmouth (h) 8th April 2008
by Gordon Thrower

(replaced Mullins, 73) A few good runs down the left though you’d rather have had him in the middle.

1-2 v Sunderland (a) 29th March 2008
by Gordon Thrower

One decent effort but didn’t look 100% fit throughout. Very harshly booked yet again – you do wonder why referees seem to target him.

0-4 v Tottenham Hotspur (a) 10th March 2008
by Gordon Thrower

(replaced Zamora, 77) Failed to make much of an impression.

0-4 v Chelsea (h) 1st March 2008
by Gordon Thrower

It said a lot about the so-called international class of Terry that he was reduced to bear hugging Cole every time the ball was played to him. Unlucky not to get a penalty.

1-0 v Fulham (a) 23rd February 2008
by Gordon Thrower

Was getting a lot of unmerited stick from one or two supporters. Had four attempts on goal. The first three were difficult but he ought to have done a lot better with the header.

1-1 v Birmingham City (h) 9th February 2008
by East Stand Martin

Ran around a lot to no avail.

1-1 v Birmingham City (h) 9th February 2008
by Gordon Thrower

Ran around a lot to no avail.

1-0 v Wigan Athletic (a) 2nd February 2008
by Gordon Thrower

Had a game which was, for the most part, equally as poor as Ashton’s, though if he lost the ball at least he tried to get the thing back.

1-0 v Liverpool (h) 30th January 2008
by East Stand Martin

Battled gamely and caused his usual nuisance to the defenders without ever really looking like he was going to score.

1-0 v Liverpool (h) 30th January 2008
by Gordon Thrower

Battled gamely and caused his usual nuisance to the defenders without ever really looking like he was going to score.

2-1 v Fulham (h) 12th January 2008
by Gordon Thrower

Not quite at the races today. Should have scored in the first half when bustling his way through as he does best.

0-0 v Manchester City (h) 5th January 2008
by Jacob Steinberg

He got better as the game went on after initially struggling and became so confident he was pulling off flicks and tricks.

0-0 v Manchester City (h) 5th January 2008
by Gordon Thrower

Always busy, he kept the City defence busy without ever really looking like scoring.

0-2 v Arsenal (a) 1st January 2008
by Gordon Thrower

I felt quite sorry for him. Playing a lone striker works well only if the midfield support the striker. This happened to a certain extent in the first half but hardly at all in the second. Tried his heart out though.

2-1 v Manchester United (h) 29th December 2007
by East Stand Martin

Ran his legs off and held the line well. Gave the other Ferdinand brother an awkward time throughout.

2-1 v Manchester United (h) 29th December 2007
by Gordon Thrower

Ran his legs off and held the line well. Gave the other Ferdinand brother an awkward time throughout.

2-1 v Manchester United (h) 29th December 2007
by Jacob Steinberg

He linked well on his own up front, ran after every ball and won his fair share in the air- but his header was poor and he still needs to work on his finishing.

1-1 v Reading (h) 26th December 2007
by Jacob Steinberg

He did well to retrieve the situation for the goal, but was otherwise let down by a poor first touch.

0-2 v Everton (h) 15th December 2007
by Jacob Steinberg

He gave the team a target to aim for, but was clearly playing with an injury.

0-2 v Everton (h) 15th December 2007
by Gordon Thrower

One decent run in the first half but clearly this was a game too much for his injury.

0-1 v Chelsea (a) 1st December 2007
by Gordon Thrower

Caused problems all the way through for the Chelsea defence who resorted to the bear-hug tactic to keep him quiet. The shirt is his to lose at the moment.

1-1 v Tottenham Hotspur (h) 24th November 2007
by Gordon Thrower

Another excellent run-out. Not the hardest goal he’ll ever score but it was well deserved. Unfortunate to come up against Riley at his most perverse and should really think about suing!

5-0 v Derby County (a) 10th November 2007
by Gordon Thrower

Superb. Being the only fit striker in the club has meant him operating as a lone striker out of necessity. This match saw how he has grown into the role in recent weeks. Another Bywater save denied him the goal that his movement and effort deserved.

5-0 v Derby County (a) 10th November 2007
by East Stand Martin

Superb. Being the only fit striker in the club has meant him operating as a lone striker out of necessity. This match saw how he has grown into the role in recent weeks. Another Bywater save denied him the goal that his movement and effort deserved.

1-1 v Bolton Wanderers (h) 4th November 2007
by Graeme Howlett

Worked hard (as is becoming the norm) as a lone target.

2-1 v Coventry City (a) 30th October 2007
by Graeme Howlett

Led the line well and gave 100%. The goal - a superbly taken strike - was just reward for his efforts.

0-1 v Aston Villa (a) 6th October 2007
by Alex Shilling

(replaced Camara, 36) Best work ethic in the whole squad; he tried and tried. I just wish the fans would get off his back.

0-1 v Aston Villa (a) 6th October 2007
by East Stand Martin

(replaced Camara, 36) Missed three good chances - our best of the game. Gets into good positions but needs to work on his finishing.

3-0 v Middlesbrough (h) 15th September 2007
by Gordon Thrower

(replaced Bellamy, 26) Nothing went right for him in the first half but he was bizarrely effective in the second, playing a major part in all three goals. Sadly, when given a gilt edged chance to make it four he failed to capitalize.

3-0 v Reading (a) 1st September 2007
by Jacob Steinberg

(replaced Ashton, 64) On for Ashton, he was average- which is a compliment. It got to his head a bit and he tried a backheel to Etherington. It was interesting.

3-0 v Reading (a) 1st September 2007
by East Stand Martin

(replaced Ashton, 64) Surprisingly half-decent run-out – though he perhaps ought to have bagged a couple.

3-0 v Reading (a) 1st September 2007
by Gordon Thrower

(replaced Ashton, 64) Surprisingly half-decent run-out – though he perhaps ought to have bagged a couple.

2-1 v Bristol Rovers (a) 28th August 2007
by Graeme Howlett

(replaced Bellamy, 76) Looks like a player who knows he has no future at the club.

 

2006/07 Match Notes & Ratings

1-0 v Everton (h) 21st April 2007
by East Stand Martin

(Replaced Zamora, 71) I’m not a big fan but he was sent on to do a job by making a thorough nuisance of himself and, whilst he didn’t really look like scoring, he caused a few problems in the 20 or so minutes he was on.

1-0 v Everton (h) 21st April 2007
by Gordon Thrower

(Replaced Zamora, 71) I’m not a big fan but he was sent on to do a job by making a thorough nuisance of himself and, whilst he didn’t really look like scoring, he caused a few problems in the 20 or so minutes he was on.

0-4 v Charlton Athletic (a) 24th February 2007
by Gordon Thrower

I forgot he was there until he went off

1-2 v Liverpool (h) 30th January 2007
by Nick Bull

When he tries, it is encouraging, however sometimes he just seems plain sluggish.

1-2 v Liverpool (h) 30th January 2007
by Graeme Howlett

Worked hard at both ends of the pitch and won a lot of headers - but pretty ineffective in front of goal.

0-1 v Watford (h) 27th January 2007
by East Stand Martin

Lots of running and chasing lost causes, though often this was as a result of him having lost the ball himself.

0-1 v Watford (h) 27th January 2007
by Gordon Thrower

Lots of running and chasing lost causes, though often this was as a result of him having lost the ball himself.

2-2 v Newcastle United (a) 20th January 2007
by Nick Bull

Impressive performance. Newcastle struggled to get to grips with him, and his goal showed the poacher’s instinct that we need.

2-2 v Newcastle United (a) 20th January 2007
by Graeme Howlett

Made a nuisance of himself and took his goal well. Maybe he does have something to offer.

3-3 v Fulham (h) 13th January 2007
by Nick Bull

Despite the header for goal #1, he puts himself about a lot less than Marlon. Footballing brain sometimes lacking, too.

3-3 v Fulham (h) 13th January 2007
by Jacob Steinberg

Lacks quality and vision- but he's awkward, set up a goal and tries hard. I think he was holding his hamstring as the lone striker, perhaps explaining the less than 100% effort then though...

3-3 v Fulham (h) 13th January 2007
by East Stand Martin

Lacks quality and vision- but he's awkward, set up a goal and tries hard. I think he was holding his hamstring as the lone striker, perhaps explaining the less than 100% effort then though...

3-0 v Brighton & Hove Albion (h) 6th January 2007
by Nick Bull

Took his goal well; hopefully done enough to start ahead of Marlon, Teddy and Bobby.

3-0 v Brighton & Hove Albion (h) 6th January 2007
by Gordon Thrower

A rare start saw him win a lot in the air and he took his volley nicely.

0-1 v Tottenham Hotspur (a) 22nd October 2006
by Nick Bull

(Replaced Benayoun, 78) Very quiet after his introduction.

0-1 v Tottenham Hotspur (a) 22nd October 2006
by Gordon Thrower

(Replaced Benayoun, 78) Won one header after which his touch was awful.

0-2 v Portsmouth (a) 15th October 2006
by Gordon Thrower

(Replaced Sheringham, 70) Won a couple of headers but they went nowhere in particular.

0-2 v Portsmouth (a) 15th October 2006
by Nick Bull

(Replaced Sheringham, 70) Did little, had no help from the midfield.

0-1 v Reading (h) 1st October 2006
by Nick Bull

Energetic performance, rarely a goal threat.

0-1 v Reading (h) 1st October 2006
by East Stand Martin

The big man was rewarded for a decent showing in Palermo by being handed the chance to partner Carlos Tevez in the classic 'little and large' front line. Although he held the ball up well from Roy Carroll's bombs he struggled to become involved to any degree.

0-2 v Manchester City (a) 23rd September 2006
by Nick Bull

(Replaced Mears, 67) Quiet.

0-2 v Manchester City (a) 23rd September 2006
by East Stand Martin

(Replaced Mears, 67) Ditto.

0-2 v Manchester City (a) 23rd September 2006
by Jacob Steinberg

(Replaced Mears, 67) Ditto.

0-1 v Palermo (h) 14th September 2006
by East Stand Martin

(Replaced Zamora, 78) Didn’t really get involved.

0-1 v Palermo (h) 14th September 2006
by Gordon Thrower

(Replaced Zamora, 78) Didn’t really get involved.

0-1 v Palermo (h) 14th September 2006
by Nick Bull

(Replaced Zamora, 78) Showed his strength and looked confident – has he got a goal in him ?

1-1 v Aston Villa (h) 10th September 2006
by Gordon Thrower

(Replaced Zamora, 83) Some good knock downs and brought some variety to the attack. Might be worth an earlier run out some time Bobby’s form permitting.

1-1 v Aston Villa (h) 10th September 2006
by Nick Bull

(Replaced Zamora, 83) Did little of note.

1-2 v Liverpool (a) 26th August 2006
by Nick Bull

(Replaced Harewood, 73) A couple of runs with the ball were promising.

1-2 v Liverpool (a) 26th August 2006
by Gordon Thrower

(Replaced Harewood, 73) Didn’t really get into the game when replacing Harewood.

1-1 v Watford (a) 22nd August 2006
by Gordon Thrower

(Replaced Zamora, 83) Disgraceful. He has now gone about seven minutes without a goal! Not really given much time to influence things.

1-1 v Watford (a) 22nd August 2006
by East Stand Martin

(Replaced Zamora, 83) Alan Pardew was perhaps hoping that Cole would repeat his heroics of Saturday when he scored after being on the pitch for less than 30 seconds. Sadly it wasn't to be.

1-1 v Watford (a) 22nd August 2006
by Graeme Howlett

(Replaced Zamora, 83) Alan Pardew was perhaps hoping that Cole would repeat his heroics of Saturday when he scored after being on the pitch for less than 30 seconds. Sadly it wasn't to be.

3-1 v Charlton Athletic (h) 19th August 2006
by Nick Bull

(Replaced Harewood, 90+2) Good goal, but anything more than a six is too much since his game lasted for two minutes.

3-1 v Charlton Athletic (h) 19th August 2006
by Gordon Thrower

(Replaced Harewood, 90+2) Can’t really argue with that start!

3-1 v Charlton Athletic (h) 19th August 2006
by East Stand Martin

(Replaced Harewood, 90+2) 24 seconds after coming on he had scored his first goal for the club. Not a bad record.

 

2005/06 Match Notes & Ratings

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2004/05 Match Notes & Ratings

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