The League Managers Association five-man Performance of
the Week panel, comprising Chairman Howard Wilkinson, Sir Alex
Ferguson, Joe Royle, Dave Bassett and Barry Fry, were in agreement
that this week, the F&C Investments Performance of the Week
Award should go to West Ham United following our memorable win at
Arsenal on Saturday.
Manager Alan Curbishley will receive a specially engraved crystal football in a presentation to be screened on Sky Sports' Soccer Saturday this weekend.
Bobby Zamora's goal gave us a priceless win - but goalkeeper Robert Green's heroic display played a key role in securing victory. Arsenal dominated the entire match but found themselves a goal down at half-time after Zamora stayed just onside to chip over Jens Lehmann.
Green somehow palmed away Gilberto's fierce volley then flicked out an arm to save Emmanuel Adebayor's header, and Hammers held on to become the first side to win at the Emirates.
Alan Curbishley paid tribute to both Arsenal and Green, who is
pictured with the award earlier today.
"The way Arsenal came out in the first half, it was fantastic, but Green stood firm," said the Hammers boss. "People say they missed chances but I tend to say Green saved them. When you come to a top four team you need your keeper to put in a 10/10 performance. The last three results have given us a massive lift."