Rovers V West Ham
After a convincing win against Newcastle, Blackburn looked to continue their up and down season against an injury ravaged West Ham squad. The game kicked of with the much anticipated booing of Lucas Neill by the home crowd.
The first moment of any excitement came from a David Dunn strike 35 yards out, clipping the top of the crossbar. Tugay followed up with a bender, unfortunately bending away from goal. Apart from these two moments, the first half provided little form of entertainment.
Changes were made to both sides at the break, with Mokoena making way for Savage, and Dean Ashton making his return to the West Ham line up.
The game definitly increased in tempo, Tugay pulling the strings in midfield, and Benni McCarthy showing the Razzle Dazzle up front. However, West Ham took the lead following some sloppy defending on the Right Flank by Rovers. The ball was cut in, with Dean Ashton left to tap in from 6 Yards out.
Rovers were left chasing the game, with the best of chances falling to Roque Santa Cruz. Of a Pedersen cross, Santa Cruz glanced his header wide of the far post. Moments later, a delighful throughball by the Maestro left Roque with only the keeper to beat, however, his lack of confidence led to the ball landing in row Z.
Dunn made way for Reid whilst Roberts replaced a dissapointing Morten Gamst Pedersen. These changes had little affect on the outcome, with Dean Ashton almost claiming a double, however he blasted over the goal.
Tugay almost sealed a draw with a trademark volley, however Green made a superb save for the Hammers.
A dissapointing performance from the Rovers, who would of been looking to make ground on the top 6. Injuries to Ooijer and Samba will pose concern for Mark Hughes with the busy festive period ahead.
Benni McCarthy provided a solid display, showing plenty of tricks and provided several important touches to the flankers. Would of been interesting had he recieved the chances instead of Cruz
Brad Friedel 7
Brett Emerton 6
Christopher Samba 7
Andre Oijer 6
Stephen Warnock 5
David Dunn 6
Aaron Mokoena 5
Morten Gamst Pedersen 5
Roque Santa Cruz 4
Benedict McCarthy 7,5
Robbie Savage 7
Its time for a change up front, whilst we cant judge Santa on one performance, i think he might need a rest. Both our strikers have not scored in recent weeks, however Santa did have clear chances today.