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Rovers V West Ham

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West Ham

Ewood Park


Attendance: 20870


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.

Star Player

Tugay and Benni McCarthy. Tugay pulled the strings in midfield. He had more time on the ball in the second half due to Robbie Savage cleaning up in midfield. Should have been on the score sheet with an assist however Roque could not finish. ALmost got a goal of his own.

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

Player Ratings

Brad Friedel 7

Kept Rovers alive with a string of saves

Brett Emerton 6

Sloppy defending at times however he did deliver some superb crosses

Christopher Samba 7

Solid display, did not stop, could of scored a goal. Picked up a knock but finished the game.

Andre Oijer 6

Good positioning throughout the game, however he went down with a hamstring injury

Stephen Warnock 5

Not one of Warnocks best performances. Wasted several opportunities to deliver decent crosses and was caught out in defence

David Dunn 6

Drifted in and out of the game, Sparky would have been looking for Dunn to lift his game in replacement of Bentley

Aaron Mokoena 5

Poor passing, poor tackling and caught out several times. Really needs to return to the form of late last year to cement a starting spot

Tugay 8

Pulled the strings in midfield, should of had a assist and almost scored another stunner. Give him another contract

Morten Gamst Pedersen 5

Taken of with 15 to go, however we didnt really notice much of him. Did provide a couple of decent crosses, had a chance to score, but when the confidence is down, nothing will go right

Roque Santa Cruz 4

Poor, poor display. Missed the best opportunities of the game, gave up possession too many times. Should of been substituted earlier

Benedict McCarthy 7,5

Worked hard, chased up and down the field, fed the wingers, kept the crowd entertained however he didnt get any sight on goal

Robbie Savage 7

Typical Savage performance, chased, chased and chased.

Steven Reid

Given 20 minutes, not much of an impact

Jason Roberts

Should of been brought on earlier for a lack lustre Santa Cruz

Sasmans Verdict

A dissapointing loss. We should of come out firing in the first half, was really hoping for Savage to start as he really did have an impact on the game in the second half.

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.

Date:Sunday December 9 2007
Time: 6:36PM


Really was dissapointing. Santa needs to regain his touch and our forwards need to start shipping in the goals. Time for a change up front Sparky
09/12/2007 18:38:00
yeah was thinkin bout this today when was the last time benni or santa cruz scored?
durks de rover
09/12/2007 19:35:00
rubbish, my tactic's would of been better with J.R instead of Santa and Emo on the right with kish'villi, in the middle. Would have given us width instead of going inside everytime. pfft rubbish, get a grip blackburn
09/12/2007 19:42:00
You lot were disappointing, we weren't all that brilliant yet managed to come away with three points. We were slightly lucky to win, but in more ways than one we deserved to win. Good luck for the rest of the season, see you in March!
09/12/2007 19:58:00
Rubbish, Rovers were VERY poor today!!!
Well played West Ham, but Rovers were VERY POOR today, it must be something about being on television that makes us rubbish!
Hughes Da Man
09/12/2007 20:14:00
Nice report though sasman, making your debut as a Match day reporter (filling in for Roversman this week.)
Hughes Da Man
09/12/2007 20:16:00
Jesus- how can Sparky keep Mokoena playing???? Also, why not give Treacy/Peter a run instead of MGP?
09/12/2007 20:56:00
what is it with you lot being beaten by teams in claret and blue at Ewood?
09/12/2007 21:29:00
who knows merling, but once again, dissapointing, thanks HDM i did it right after the game, couldnt really sleep lol
09/12/2007 22:20:00
I think everything has been said. Was very disappointing. However, it would not be a proper post with one complaint about the referee! Play-ons, is the topic of my gripe. There was a time in the first half were we coul dhave had a free kick, but the ref waved play-on. It was clear nothing was going to be fruitful, but as the laws of the game suggest, the game goes on. However, the same happened for West Ham, and a good 5-7 seconds later he calls it back for the free-kick. Can anyone shed any light on what the rule is? If someone says the referee discretion, woe betide you! :-)
Decimus Poole
10/12/2007 08:59:00
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