Voting for SBOBET player poll open

The voting for the first SBOBET player of the month award of 2013 is now open. Winston Reid collected December's accolade for a string of outstanding displays at the heart of the back four and this month sees a six-strong shortlist battle it out.

New Zealand international Reid features once more and is joined by fellow defenders James Collins and Joey O'Brien. Returning Hammer Joe Cole is also among the nominees, while winger Matt Jarvis and Finnish stopper Jussi Jaaskelainen complete the line-up.

January begun in fine fashion, with a much-needed 2-1 Barclays Premier League win over Norwich. After Mark Noble's opener from the spot, O'Brien slotted home the second to cap a fine team move and notch his second of the season.

Next up was the memorable draw with Manchester United in the FA Cup with Budweiser third round. Joe Cole, making his second debut for the club, marked the occasion with two telling crosses, Collins the beneficiary on both occasions. Despite taking a 2-1 lead into stoppage time, Robin van Persie's late show rescued the visitors.

Away defeats at Sunderland and then in the replay at Old Trafford followed, before Sam Allardyce's side returned to the Boleyn Ground, with Joe Cole's second-half goal earning the Hammers a richly deserved point from a dominant display against Queens Park Rangers.

The month's penultimate fixture saw West Ham succumb to a 5-1 reverse at the Emirates Stadium, while a busy January ended with a fruitless trip to Fulham's Craven Cottage on Wednesday.

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