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Rovers Disappoint at Ewood

Blackburn will rue yet another missed opportunity after failing to hold onto a 1 nil lead via a scrappy goal to Ryan Nelsen, allowing West Ham back in the game as super sub Stanislav equalled late on.

New Manager Mr Kean decided to tinker with the line up, starting with the Diouf boys hugging both flanks and Brett Emerton playing the holding role in midfield.

The game kicked off in horrid conditions, with the surface appearing to be covered in ice as the ball skid all over the pitch. The weather just wasnt enough for Jason Roberts, who came of early after a hamstring strain.

Blackburn though, started well infront of the new manager, moving the ball effectively, using the width of the pitch. However the final ball was lacking on several occasions. West Ham played the fast counter game, attempting to break, but they has little luck as the conditions appeared to get the better of the both teams.

Little happened in the first half, the best chance falling for Piquoinne, who blasted into the side netting. Half Time 0-0

The second half continued in a similar fashion. Both teams were just unable to create anything. And this scrappiness was the cause of the first goal. A Brett Emerton Cross should have been buried by Benjani, who fluffed his attempt. Nelsen had a go but it was saved by Boffin, the rebound bobbled up, struck Nelsen and somehow found the net! 1-0 Blackburn

Samba then picked up a knock, with Phil Jones, who didnt start his first game all season, coming on. Though Jones didnt last long, appearing to straight a lateral ligament, ruling him out for several months. Grant Hanley came on!

With the run of injuries, David Dunn appeared to pick up a knock, and former Rover Benni McCarthy came on for the Hammers. Personally I was quite dissapointed with the reception he got from the home team......

Benni could of silenced the faithful immediately, but he couldnt latch onto a through ball. It was left to Stanislav to equalise for West Ham. A cross by Parker was deflected out by Givet, and Stanislav made no mistake, hitting the far corner. 1-1

Blackburn thought they had restored the lead almost immediately. A Gamst Pedersen corner bobbed into the box, the ball flicked into the path of Dunn who knocked it in. However play was called back for the slightest of nudges by Nelsen.

A late succession of free kicks werent enough for Rovers who couldnt get that winner, West Ham grabbing a vital point....

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Date:Sunday December 19 2010

Time: 12:07AM

Your Comments

arghh 3rd time lucky....i did it using the match reports twice and it kept crashing!!!!! what a poor performance.....dissapointing
sasman
Nelson Kiwi legend!
Uskok
Kean doesnt have a clue.. Dunn playing left wing/left wingback.. Gamst and Emo in the middle with no defensive midfielder? Benjani on instead of Hoilett or Kalinic? MB Diouf on the left wing? WE ARE DOOMED
rover23
the midfield was a chaos. it's very disorganized...huge blow from jonesy.
DommyWalker
We are in deep deep trouble.....
metalrover
It was a rather dire game if it continues and Rovers slide into the relegation places I think I ll vote with my feet and return when the chicken farmers have left.
AndrewDuncan
The similarities to Ince's reign were frightening. Players instructed to pass the ball but with no purpose whatsoever just end up going back to the keeper. The opposition free to waltz into the box at will. Did you hear Kean on Radio Rovers say he thought Benjani did really well?! What a pile of garbage. Thank heavens I'm off on holiday for a while (assuming Heathrow gets its act together) and don't have to watch us for a few weeks.
Uncle Jack's Nephew
The line up/formation/players in strange positions all had shades of Ince. I'm quite worried tbh. Remember that West Ham are bottom of the league and atm look doomed to drop.
Durks
The West Ham keeper struggled with every single cross that came into his box, so nearly every corner and throw in were played short, what genius came up with that? Surely you exploit the oppositions weaknesses. We passed very poorly and gave possession away far to cheaply. Givet was exposed several times in the first half, particularly as he was often way out of position. Benjani gave a very good impression of Benni, ie couldn't be arsed to chase anything. Dunn looked off the pace and ineffective, constantly lost possession. Fair play to Kean in that he played two up front, problem was the supply was poor, in fact a far to easy day for their back four and keeper. All in all we made the bottom of the league look far better than they are, if we don't improve we are gonna get some real good hidings. The crowd were as poor as they were at the end of Ince's spell, and I agree with the comments about Benni's treatment, wasn't necessary and he scored a lot of goals for this club
blue_n_white99
Can't believe he thought benjani did well! If that is the case we are the ones well and truly doomed! He was bloody useless and did nothing! I am stunned by that!!
oziroversfan
Difficult game, Kean's first in charge and rovers all over the place, However it was always going to take time to gel as they played something they have not been used to for 2 years. So although disappointed, not pressing the panic button yet
glen9mullan
Kean was the one that made it difficult!! Trying too much too soon!!
oziroversfan
Worst game of Football I have witnessed at Ewood for a very long time, it made the game against Fulham a cracker. If this is the shape of things to come, we are going to struggle.
Rover_since74
I was disgusted with that performance and the tactics. Plus, did anyone notcie that not a single one of our young revolution started that match?!?! Mame Diouf is a liability for me as is Benjani. Where has Dunny gone, especialy playing out of position?!?!
roversman
Kean will send us down to the Championship, the way the club is being run, morale is at a all time low, club captain wants out, club chairman looked 'lost' after the takeover, couldn't beat a very poor bottom placed West Sham. These are all the signs of a very bad season lies ahead.
metalrover
be intersting who starts up front next match. Id like Kalinic in from the start, I still believe given a run of games he has the potential to be shining light we need in attack, all we need in january is someone who can play with him
glen9mullan
be intersting who starts up front next match. Id like Kalinic in from the start, I still believe given a run of games he has the potential to be shining light we need in attack, all we need in january is someone who can play with him
glen9mullan
 

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