Rovers Unlucky in a Thriller
After a dissapointing performance against Arsenal, Rovers returned home to Ewood Park to face the Hammers, who themselves have been having their inconsintincies. Jason Roberts and Benni McCarthy were paired up front, with Rovers resorting to an attacking 4-4-2 formation, and boy werent we up for a game.
For once it was Rovers who were applying the early pressure, a blocked shot by McCarthy and wasteful efforts from Roberts and Diouf showed that Rovers were here to play, rather then bash up their opponents. BLackburn continued to dominate in the opening quarter, with Gamst proving a continous threat down the left flank, and his long throws causing havoc in the West Ham penalty area.
Blackburn h0wever were almost hit on the counter, a deep cross from Mark Noble caused some confusion in the box, with Samba and Robinson both going for the same ball, and both missing. The ball popped up in the box, but no Hammer was their to pounce. A long throw from Morten Gamst Pedersen was flicked on by Chrissy Samba, finding the feet of Diouf who buried the ball in the back of the net, however he was correctly ruled offside.
Controversy struck in the 35th minute for Rovers. A through ball was played into the feet of Luis Boa Morte, who was clearly offside, who then carried on to cut the ball across the goals into the feet of Diego Trisitan, who in turn layed it of for Mark Noble, who struck a delightful shot with the outside of his foot into the far bottom corner, 1-0 West Ham.
Rovers continued to threat the West Ham goal, with Gamst peppering a shot over the goal, Chris Samba unable to reach a Diouf free kick, and Roberts and McCarthy unable to get past that final man. Unlucky going into the break, 1-0 West Ham
ROvers were forced into a change at the break, Oijer coming of for Keith ANdrews. The change payed dividens within minutes of the restart. ANother Gamst throw in was not dealt with, with the ball bouncing at an acute angle, Andrews half volleyed through the crowd, almost tearing the back of the net, 1-1. Game on!!!
Diouf netted his second of the game, but was once again correctly judged to be offside, it just wasnt to be!!!! Rovers pushed frantically for a winner, and position was dominated, with Rovers continuossly sending the ball into the box with every opportunity, however, to no avail. The half ticked on, and it looked like we would eventually crack them, but that lucky bounce just didnt happen.
Rovers survived a late scare in the dying minutes, a long cleared ball by West Ham found Samba and DYer chasing the same ball, Samba made a blue of it, and jostled with Dyer in the box who went down, however referee Chris Foy told him to get back up
Was at the centre of everything, wasted 1 or 2 opportunities, but his throws and crosses were a delight to watch
Paul Robinson 6
Ryan Nelsen 7.5
Andre Oijer 5.5
Morten Gamst 8.5
Aaron Mokoena 7
El Hadji Diouf 6.5
Steven Warnock 7
Jason Roberts 7
Benni McCarthy 6.5
Keith Andrews 7.5