Vital Football

Latest Blackburn Rovers News

West Ham 2.v.1 Rovers

West Ham
2 - 1
Blackburn Rovers

Upton Park

29th October 2006. 16:00

Attendance: 33,833

Referee:

A huge sense of foreboding seems to be amassing over Blackburn Rovers at the moment. Eleven days ago everything was looking great. The team had just completed a well deserved victory in Poland against Wisla Krakow to begin Group E in style and the fans were toasting to an eight game unbeaten run.

However, one devastating week in football and Rovers are reeling from three successive defeats, which has knocked us out of the League Cup, and a decimated squad.

Jason Roberts now joins Ryan Nelsen and Steven Reid, for a second time, in the doctor`s room.

Still a crisis can de diverted despite such a disparaging display at Upton Park.

Rovers never really got into a game that a week ago everyone would have expected them to coast through. In truth it was a poor match contested between two disjointed sides that looked nervous.

Mark Hughes made no less than five changes to his starting line-up with Tugay, Sergio Peter, Jason Roberts, Andre Ooijer and the surprise selection of Michael Gray. There was no place in the squad for Morten Gamst Pedersen, Shabani Nonda or Brett Emerton.

The first half got underway with both teams applying early pressure but devoid of any clinical finishing. Both sides suffered due to a lack of quality in the final third.

A number of corners were swung in at both ends before West Ham took the lead just as they were beginning to amount a concerted period of pressure. The goal scorer came as no surprise.

Teddy Sheringham has a good scoring record against Rovers and if anyone was going to give West Ham the lead it was going to be him. He duly obliged by heading Bobby Zamora`s smart cross over the stranded Friedel and into the net in the 21st minute.

The goal knocked Rovers` rhythm and just like in mid-week a serious injury further thwarted any efforts to re-establish form. Roberts was taken off on a stretcher after an innocuous clash with Jonathon Spector. He was replaced by Francis Jeffers.

Rovers were now all over the place. The players were nervous on the ball, play was disjointed and they looked a million miles from the side that should great battling qualities against Salzburg and Wigan.

The half ended with Rovers building their corner tally but never really troubling the hosts. West Ham also looked nervous but decidedly more threatening and would have been two up but for some wonderful defending from Sergio Peter.

Mark Hughes stirred his troops for the second half as Rovers cam out galvanised and took the game to West Ham.

There was some neat inter-changing between Benni McCarthy, Sergio Peter and David Bentley. It appeared that a Rovers goal would come from one of these sources.

Rovers continued to earn a number of corners but failed to produce anything from them. Sergio Peter then began to excel down the left with a number of teasing balls into the box narrowly failing to find a blue and white jersey.

Then in the 74th minute Rovers looked certain to score but for some excellent goal-keeping from Robert Green. Another Peter corner this time found a Rovers player, Lucas Neill, but his close range effort was superbly deflected by a reflex save from Green.

That was certainly the best chance Rovers had conjured and they were penning West Ham in their own half. An equaliser, it seemed, was just moments away.

However, the hosts threatened things to come after a long ball over the top released Zamora. With just Friedel to beat he lacked the composure to seal the win, firing straight at the giant American.

Nevertheless, the winner arrived just three minutes later from an unlikely source. It seems West Ham`s current plight is down to the fact that their most obvious attacking outlets have been failing. Perhaps Alan Pardew will now use his less conventional stars.

A contentious corner was given in favour of the home support even though the ball clearly deflected off Zamora before crossing the line. A near post flick-on presented Hayden Mullins with the easiest of chances to score his first ever Premiership goal.

That sucker-punch really took the wind out of Rovers` sails and the game was all but over; although not before David Bentley bundled in a consolation two minutes into injury time and Francis Jeffers glance a header just over the top in the dying seconds.

In truth it was a poor game and Rovers look worryingly out of form with the squad so stretched. The injuries are mounting and the form is declining, Hughes has a lot of work to do to prepare the team for Thursday`s UEFA Cup clash at Ewood Park.

CLICK
HERE - For Why You Should Sign Up To Vital Blackburn



Star Player

Sergio Peter.

He looked lively through out and caused West Ham problems from wide positions. Also helped out admirably with defensive duties.

Player Ratings


Friedel 6

Made a couple of decent stops but must be getting concerned with how exposed he is being left by the defense at times.

Neill 6

Back at right back and continues to look solid.

Gray 5

Not the greatest of returns to first team duties. Looked short on pace and nervous. Surely one of the youngsters would have been a better option.

Khizanishvili 6

Uncharacteristically nervous.

Andre Ooijer 6

Not one of his better recent displays.

Bentley 7

Is having an excellent season and he may be the key to turn around this bout of poor form. A real talent.

Peter 7

Grows with confidence and has a sweet left foot.

Tugay 5

Failed to make much of an impression on the game.

Mokoena 5

Often over-run by West Ham's marauding captain, Nigel Reo Coker

McCarthy 6

Always works hard to make an impression but things aren't quite falling for him at the moment. Four games without a goal but there's no need to worry, yet!

Roberts 4

Award for most unlucky signing of the season goes too.....Jason Roberts. It's a real shame he is going to be out for so long.

Jeffers 5

Works hard and is getting closer to that goal. Once it arrives a few more should follow.

Gallagher 5

He's looking useful as a right-sided attacker.

McEveley 4

Should have started.


Writer:Roversman
Date:Monday October 30 2006
Time: 2:12PM

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Ingle Talks Brook

Comments

0
Hats off to the Hammers deserved what they got against a below par Rovers! Peter gives Sparky a selection headache now doesn't he, what does his do when MGP is fit!!!
Hughes Da Man
30/10/2006 15:03:00
0
wellthat says it all we've not played that bad since portsmouth
marshinrover
31/10/2006 14:45:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Site Journalists

Walker
Editor email
Profile
VitalRovers
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Will Blackburn bounce back?
Suggested By:
Yes, as League One champions50%
Yes, as runners up5%
Yes, via the play-offs5%
No40%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Newcastle 46 29 7 10 94 45
P Brighton 46 28 9 9 93 34
3 Reading 46 26 7 13 85 4
4 Sheff Wed 46 24 9 13 81 15
5 Huddersfield 46 25 6 15 81 -2
6 Fulham 46 22 14 10 80 28
7 Leeds Utd 46 22 9 15 75 14
8 Norwich 46 20 10 16 70 16
9 Derby County 46 18 13 15 67 4
10 Brentford 46 18 10 18 64 10
11 Preston 46 16 14 16 62 1
12 Cardiff 46 17 11 18 62 -1
13 Aston Villa 46 16 14 16 62 -1
14 Barnsley 46 15 13 18 58 -3
15 Wolves 46 16 10 20 58 -4
16 Ipswich 46 13 16 17 55 -10
17 Bristol City 46 15 9 22 54 -6
18 Q.P.R. 46 15 8 23 53 -14
19 Birmingham 46 13 14 19 53 -19
20 Burton 46 13 13 20 52 -14
21 Forest 46 14 9 23 51 -10
R Blackburn 46 12 15 19 51 -12
R Wigan 46 10 12 24 42 -17
R Rotherham 46 5 8 33 23 -58
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Blackburn Rovers Results (view all)

Blackburn Rovers Fixtures (view all)

The Vital Football Members League