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Points Shared at Upton Park

West Ham
1 - 1

Upton Park



Blackburn and West Ham fought out a 1-1 draw, with Hitzlsperger striking from distance late on, cancelling out Jason Roberts' strike after only 13 minutes.

With Junior Hoillet back and raring to go, it was yet another change in formation and line up for Blackburn.

Paul Robinson
Martin Olsson-Chris Samba- Gael Givet-Brett Emerton
------------Jermaine Jones---Steve Nzonzi----------
Junior Hoillet------MG Pedersen-------------MB Diouf
--------------------Jason Roberts-------------------

It was a nervy opening quarter for both outfits, a win would seal Blackburn Rovers Premier League future, whilst anything but a win would leave the Hammers, pretty much, hammered...

Cole and Ba proved tricky early on for the Hammers, as it seemed long balls would be the theme of the day, with the front pairing chasing anything that came in their direction. Rovers on the other hand, relied on the pace and trickery of MB Diouf and Junior Hoillet down either flank, whilst Roberts became a target up front. Pedersen had the early chance for Rovers, spraying a strike after a neat lay off by Roberts, wide of the goal.

Rovers did manage to pinch the early goal via a superb counter-attacking flow. Jermaine Jones scooted in midfield, threading through for Brett Emerton who had overlapped down the right. Brett whipped in a delightul first touch cross into the 6 yard box, Roberts pouncing and striking, 1-0 Blackburn

It was almost dejavu minutes later, with Emerton provided plenty of space down the right flank. The Australian veteran popped in another delightful cross, Gamst Pedersen leaping highest, but couldnt reach the ball, flying past the goal. Down the other end, Ba's pace almost caught out Chris Samba, however the Blackburn Captain was up to the task, forcing his man off the ball, and out of the way

West Ham's best chance came from a set piece, with Da Costa's powerful header cleared off the goal line by Gamst Pedersen, sending Rovers into the break a goal to the good

The second half started off slowly. Rovers appeared to be happy to hang onto their lead, whilst West Ham could not penetrate. Avram Grant send on Piquionne and Keane, giving West Ham 4 go to men up front, whilst Rovers withdrew goal scorer Roberts for Santa Cruz, and MB Diouf for Keith Andrews.

Despite the changes, their was little in it, until a wonder strike by Hitzlsperger, driving from 25 yards, leaving Robinson stranded, and giving West Ham a lifeline.

The Hammers gained confidence, pushing for a winner. And they should of had it, as a delightful cross found Keane with the easiest of tap-ins, however the experienced striker fluffed it, missing completely. The goal opened up wide once again late on, however Chris Samba was there to put his body on the line, blocking from 6 yards in the third minute of injury time.

Points shared, a good point, or 2 points lost?

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Chris Samba

Amazing performance by the big man. Led by example and ensured we did not lose, giving Rovers a valuable point

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Date:Sunday May 8 2011
Time: 9:28AM

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So close to the 3 pts that would've surely guaranteed safety and so close to banishing the Bogey men. Samba was a colossus at the back, Emo's delivery was much inproved. Pedersen looks nowhere near his best, he looks like a league one player at the moment. Shame Olsson couldn't have played on the left wing again after his performance against Bolton.
08/05/2011 09:55:00
I didn't read the whole article, I don't have time to do so. But my answer to your question "Points shared, a good point, or 2 points lost?" is, BOTH! We were running the game up until he made the 2 changes, if he would've stuck with what we were doing well with, I think we would've won. But at the beginning of the day, I said I would be happy with a draw and I am still happy now.
08/05/2011 09:56:00
Given the changes forced on us with Salgado and Phil Jones being out, I reckon this was an amazing point for us. Yes, another win would have done it for us, but I'll take this for now.
08/05/2011 10:16:00
A point against a very poor West Ham side on the day, Rovers should of been out of sight before the last 10 minutes when West Ham decided to turn up. On so many occassions Rovers had good possession in good area's but crafted out zilch. Samba and Jones were excellent and at this stage of the season its all about getting points on the board. We managed 1 point which is another towards the total we may need, and its another week that goes by where we remain out of the bottom 3. We need to ensure we match what the teams below get in their next 2 games and we will be safe
08/05/2011 10:25:00
Very bizzare game last night. 1st half we did really well and the referee had a even match. 2nd half we were back to our bad normal self. The referee had returned to his normal one-sided rubbishness. Costa should have been given his 2nd yellow 3 times but somehow avoided a sending off. West Ham didn't return the ball after we gave them the ball because of injury and finally the referee ignoring our signals to make a sub for 3 mins 30 seconds when 2 players (Givet and JJ) looked like they were struggling. There were 4 chances to allow the sub but the referee definately ignored our pleas to make the sub. All things considered. It was a winnable game we would have probably taken away from the Hammers if we had a half decent manager in-charge. Before anyone says, after Sam's recent anti Rovers comments, i don't include him in the half decent category.
08/05/2011 13:32:00
Two points dropped where I am sat! We were up and looking comfortable before changing our shape and bringing Roque on. It left us looking confused and we lost all of our momentum. What a shame, we would have been practically safe as well.
Mikey Delap
08/05/2011 14:01:00
damn it formation didnt come out how i would of liked lol! will edit when i get home!...points dropped in my opinion!
09/05/2011 06:54:00
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