Saturday December 18, 2010 Day 18 Finished Ewood Park

Blackburn Rovers 1 - 1 West Ham United

  • Nelsen 51’
  • Junior Stanislas 78’

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  1. Blackburn hold Hammers

    Blackburn hold Hammers

    Blackburn Rovers were held to a 1-1 draw by struggling West Ham in one of only two Premier League games to beat the big freeze. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Blackburn Rovers
    • West Ham United
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game played this weekend, from 00:01 on Monday morning (UK only).
    • 90+4 Mike Dean blows up, a 1-1 draw and quite entertaining at the end. West Ham stay bottom, Rovers are joint 10th on points and GD but behind Blackpool and West Brom on goals scored.
    • 90+4 This is dangerous, especially with Pedersen on the ball.. AND HE PUTS IT JUST WIDE! Boffin nowhere as he fizzed it across goal.
    • 90+3 Almost a penalty! Boa takes down Emerton just on the edge of the box, yellow card.
    • 90+2 In the second of four minutes added time by the way. Emerton shoots well over.
    • 90+1 E.Diouf down the left but his cross is hoofed away by Ben Haim. West Ham break, Piquionne down the right crosses but McCarthy cannot get a shot away and Rovers clear. Tomkins fouls Diouf (E), free-kick Rovers deep on their left just outside the box...
    • 90' Pedersen curls it in and it almost sneaks in par post with Boffin flying but just wide!
    • 89' Gabbidon gives away a free-kick on the right, Pedersen to take...
    • 88' Stanislas finds Piquionne on the right, he cuts inside and shoots but well over. Should have crossed!
    • 87' Parker brings it away with great skill West Ham are in here as Stanislas puts in a cross that Piquionne attacks but he can't get a header in and his faint touch takes it away from Parker arriving late!
    • 86' Stanislas has another bite at it from the right but this cross is cleared. Decent finish now.
    • 85' West Ham have a corner now as Saldado puts the ball behind. Poor from Stanislas though, low and cleared at the near post.
    • 84' West Ham counter, Parker comes through, a great run and a super ball to MCCARTHY WHO'S IN but his touch is horrible and it spins away to safety! Jeers from his former fans.
    • 83' Well West Ham have four up front now, Grant clearly taking the "win one or you're out!" threat seriously.
    • 82' WEST HAM SUB: Dyer, energetic as ever, is off for Benni McCarthy. Chasing the win then!
    • 81' DUNN FLICKS IT HOME! But the whistle has gone, Nelsen adjudged to have fouled Gabbidon. Harsh, but the whistle had gone.
    • 80' Rovers are not happy at conceding, Pedersen winning a corner off Boa.
    • 79' Rovers immediately go on a charge forward as Dunne fires high and wide after sterling hold-up play from Mame Diouf.
    • 78' Amazing dribbling by Parker - he's tackled, but the ball falls to Stanislas 15 yards out - AND HE THUNDERS IT HOME! Great goal, completely made by Parker's mesmerising run!
    • 77' West Ham move forward, this looks good with Parker on the ball...
    • 76' Salgado tries a long diagonal ball across the field but it's wellied straight off the pitch. Roberts had no chance of reaching that one.
    • 75' The ball trickles through to Robinson after another Hammers attack breaks down.
    • 74' PIQUIONNE HEADS OVER! Great ball in and he gets above Givet but the header just clears the bar!
    • 73' Parker with a slick ball in for Cole but a super tackle from Givet puts it out for a corner and sends Cole into the snow. He has a chuckle, at least someone can see the funny side!
    • 73' Risky backpass from Dyer but Boffin hits it away first time this time.
    • 72' UPSON HITS THE POST! Stanislas puts in a ball that ricochets off young Hanley and into Upson's path but he puts it on the outside of the left-hand post!
    • 71' Pedersen and Parker clash in the middle of the park but Dean decides it was an accident, a heavy one on Parker who thuds to the ground in sickening fashion but wakes up quickly.
    • 70' Ben Haim is all right it turks out. The fans have stayed away in droves though. Empy stands and I doubt it's just the snow.
    • 69' El Hadji Diouf, of all people, puts the ball out for a throw so Ben Haim can get attention. Nice one.
    • 68' Diouf telegraphs the dribble around Ben Haim but gets it back. Swung in and now Dunn has it, Ben Haim is down hurt but they play on!
    • 67' BLACKBURN SUB: Hanley on for Jones.
    • 66' Jones hurt himself as he flew in to put off Cole, ultimately resulting in that miss, and he has to be helped off the pitch.
    • 65' Phil Jones is hurt... a delay in play as the medics come on the pitch...
    • 64' POKED WIDE BY COLE! Great play down the right by Dyer, who surged in behind Givet, but Cole from the edge of the six-yard box couldn't finish!
    • 63' Ben Haim gets forward but his through-ball for Dyer is blocked.
    • 61' Givet goes in two-footed on Parker and earns himself a yellow card.
    • 60' Piquionne and Cole try to combine anmd while Diouf clears Boa gets hold of it and West Ham come forward again... Cole on the left, good low cross but Pedersen is back to hoof away!
    • 59' Jones put out for a Hammers throw on their left.
    • 58' BLACKBURN SUB: Samba seems to have a knock, Jones on.
    • 57' WEST HAM SUB: Well this is ambiitous. Cole comes on for Spector, very attacking.
    • 56' WEST HAM SUB: Stanislas on for Barrera.
    • 55' Pedersen delivers, the keeper should claim but he can't hold on! He survives this one though as West Ham clear and Emerton is booked for breaking up the attack.
    • 54' E.Diouf wins a corner on the right wing for Rovers.
    • 52' GOAL BLACKBURN! Hmm, hardly the attractive football Venky's craved. Indeed, that is the worst goal I have ever seen. After Boffin's flap, Emerton swung it in from the right, Ben Haim stood like a lemon and Tomkins fell over, it came off Nelsen but Boffin made a grea save, Benjani kicked air and it trickled in off Nelsen's knee.
    • 51' Pedersen puts it in AND BOFFIN FLAPS WILDLY but no-one is there to poke it in!
    • 50' Tomkins has to put behind for a corner after Givet finds Dunn from the left.
    • 49' Mame Diouf leads a counter down the left but Ben Haim is able to clear.
    • 48' Good delivery from Pedersen to Samba back stick but his header goes across goal and not at it and cleared by the Hammers!
    • 47' A crude tackle from Tal Ben Haim on Mame Diouf on the Rovers left. A booking.
    • 46' The second half is underway.
    • 45' Half-time, goalless and - until the last five minutes - little to write home about.
    • 44' Great save by the legs of Robinson! A lovely through ball by Piquionne releases Boa Morte who, from the same position as Piquionne earlier, actually drills it across goal. Corner.
    • 43' Blackburn cranking it up now but good old Scott Parker is back to clear.
    • 42' Great cross in from E.Diouf on the right but Boffin gets enough of a hand on it to clear from several Blackburn players flying in!
    • 41' Great ball by Dyer to send Piquionne in down the left, he gets away from Salgado far too easily but hammers a low drive well wide of the near post! A poor finish, should have got it across Robinson.
    • 39' Blackburn have had 55% possession so far.
    • 38' Spector plays it in for Dyer, he spins on a sixpence but the flag is up. He was half a yard off.
    • 37' Nice footwork from El Hadji and then Emerton as Rovers opt for the possession approach in midfield before Parker intercepts.
    • 36' Ben Haim surges forward and Dyer makes a nice run across the back four but he delays the pass and Dyer is now offside.
    • 35' Good spell of pressure from Blackburn now. West Ham are hemmed back in their own box...
    • 34' Pedersen takes the free-kick and curls it towards the bottom right but well held by Boffin!
    • 33' Ouch. Salgado is hacked down by Gabbidon, and the hard-man of Spanish football is rolling about in a heap. A booking.
    • 32' Robinson has to release a clearance quickly with Piquionne bearing down on him.
    • 31' Ben Haim into the back of Benjani, free-kick on halfway. He was pulling the Zimbawean all over the shop.
    • 31' Barrera wins a corner on the right after exchanging passes with Dyer. That was promising. Tomkins and co get up for it... Taken short, Barrera puts in a low ball but Dunn clears.
    • 30' Barrera takes it but a poor delivery, too close to Robinson and nowhere near the attacking players.
    • 29' Piquionne wins a free-kick on the left wing after a risky challenge from Emerton.
    • 28' Boffin with a crazy decision to try and dribble a backpass away from goal, Mame Diouf catches him and insanely he carries on dribbling with it, only just getting the ball away from Diouf's second lunge!
    • 27' Barrera holds the ball up on the edge of the box, he slips it back for Boa Morte but he drags a low shot well wide.
    • 26' Parker surges forward but is dispossessed by Givet, now Dunn, he beats Ben Haim and crosses but no-one is waiting for it and out for a goal kick.
    • 25' Poor corner, too deep from Pedersen and landing beyond Dunn at the far post.
    • 24' The ball is back with Robinson who goes long. El Hadji Diouf reaches a Benjani flick and wins a corner off Gabbidon.
    • 23' Dyer has the ball in the back of the net but a late flag for offside rules it out. He was yards off but the linesman waited until he touched the ball.
    • 22' Pedersen puts in another corner, aimed for Samba, poor header up in the air by Upson but Tomkins takes one in the head from Mame Diouf, free-kick West Ham.
    • 21' Good play by Rovers as Givet swings in a cross that Parker blocks behind for a corner. Rovers reckon it was a handball but no chance. Pedersen with the corner but behind for another corner.
    • 20' All a bit slow and cagey to be honest. Neither side looks especially high on confidence.
    • 19' Boffin gets a touch, claiming a high ball under pressure form Mame Diouf.
    • 18' Blackburn keep ball for a spell before Nelsen looks long and Tomkins heads away.
    • 17' Long ball down the Hammers right and Piquionne nods it back for Spector but the USA defender, playing as a winger at the moment, smashes it well over.
    • 16' Boa with a pull on the shirt of Emerton after a heavy touch ended his hopes of a break.
    • 15' Throw to Rovers on the left now, which Pedersen will take. Surprisingly he looks short and then tries a backheel to Dunn, but that one-two does not come off because Dunn was not expecting it.
    • 14' That spell of Rovers pressure breaks down and West Ham bring it away. Boa Morte wide to Piquionne, who does well to keep it in, turns Givet inside and out and fires well over! The angle was too tight for that, he should have crossed. Dyer was in there.
    • 13' Benjani gets hold of the ball on the edge of the box and he goes down with three West Ham defenders around him but play on.
    • 12' Upson with a strong header to touch, Givet, playing left-back, will take.
    • 11' Piquionne plays in a low ball from the right but big Chris Samba smacks it clear.
    • 10' BLACKBURN SUB: Benjani on for Roberts.
    • 9' Both sides exchange the long balls the sacking of Big Sam was meant to eliminate.
    • 8' Looks like the end for Roberts. He fell out of favour under Sam Allardyce but was handed a start today by interim boss Steve Kean. He limps off... A muscle injury so no chance of continuing. Benjani gets ready.
    • 7' Diouf with a nice ball wide right that Roberts races after but Upson slides across to put the ball out for a throw. Roberts is hurt. Oh no, he'd only just got back in the team! Looks like his hamstring, not warm enough on a chilly day.
    • 6' Nelson gets in a bit of a pickle after Emerton misses a clearance but the Kiwi defender nicks it away from Dyer.
    • 5' Upson is the latest West Ham defender to foul Diouf, some way out though after they wrestled for a ball in the air. Pedersen again to take, 30 yards plus from goal, but he shoots a yard wide.
    • 4' Pedersen is over it, just to the right of the D, he curls it left footed and it takes a big deflection to beat Boffin but flies over for a corner!
    • 3' Mame Diouf bursts into the area and he goes down a bit late after Gabbidson slid in just outside. Not a penalty, free-kick on the edge... And early test for Boffin....
    • 2' Well they were subdued, now they are singing "there's only one Jack Walker" in a clear dig at the current owners.
    • 1' The first half gets underway at Ewood. The fans are understandably subdued.
    • 14:55 FACT: Rob Green had not missed a Premier League game since 2007, before today. Green failed a fitness test after undergoing minor surgery last week.
    • 14:50 WEST HAM TEAM NEWS: Rob Green fails a late fitness test so young Belgian Ruud Boffin gets a debut. He is 23, came through the ranks at PSV but made his name playing in the Dutch second division with Eindhoven FC and MVV, which earned him a loan move to top-flight VVV last season.
    • 14:50 BLACKBURN TEAM NEWS: Vince Grella (Achilles), Steven Nzonzi (hamstring) and Keith Andrews (groin) are all out, but David Dunn, Mame Biram Diouf and Jason Roberts start with Jonas Olsson, Nikola Kalinic and Benjani benched.
    • 14:45 Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)
    • 14:45 TEAMS - Blackburn: Robinson, Salgado, Samba, Nelsen, Givet, Emerton, Mame Diouf, Dunn, Pedersen, El-Hadji Diouf, Roberts; Subs: Bunn, Kalinic, Mwaruwari, Hoilett, Jones, Olsson, Hanley /// West Ham: Boffin, Ben-Haim, Tomkins, Upson, Gabbidon, Barrera, Parker, Dyer, Behrami, Piquionne, Boa Morte; Subs: Larkins, Reid, Cole, McCarthy, Spector, Faubert, Stanislas
    • 14:40 FACTS: The Hammers have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 16 Premier League away games; they have failed to score in three of their last four away games in the Premier League and have scored fewer goals (4) on the road than any other team this season.
    • 14:35 FACTS: Blackburn have failed to beat West Ham in their last nine meetings in all competitions, but Chelsea and Arsenal are the only two teams to win away at Ewood Park so far this season.
    • 14:30 FACTS: The last three Premier League games between Blackburn and West Ham have all ended as draws, with the last two being goalless; but West Ham have won none of their last 26 Premier League away games, only one team has ever had a longer consecutive run in the Premier League, Fulham 33 between September 2006 and March 2008).
    • 14:25 Just to show how absurd Venky's' sacking of Allardyce was, a win for Rovers puts them eighth. Eighth! Fools. West Ham, who have a greater budget than Rovers, will stay bottom unless they win by three clear goals. Yet Grant is still in a job. Now that's what I call patience!
    • 14:20 There is talk of West Hams sacking Avram Grant if he fails to win one of the next three games. Given that they have picked up 12 points in their first 17 games, some will argue he should have gone some time ago.
    • 14:15 It's the only Premier League 3pm kick-off to survive the big freeze and it's between two clubs who are desperate for a win - Blackburn to vindicate Venky's bizarre decision to sack The Big Sam, West Ham because they are bottom.
  • Summary

    • 90+4 This is dangerous, especially with Pedersen on the ball.. AND HE PUTS IT JUST WIDE! Boffin nowhere as he fizzed it across goal.
    • 90' Pedersen curls it in and it almost sneaks in par post with Boffin flying but just wide!
    • 87' Parker brings it away with great skill West Ham are in here as Stanislas puts in a cross that Piquionne attacks but he can't get a header in and his faint touch takes it away from Parker arriving late!
    • 84' West Ham counter, Parker comes through, a great run and a super ball to MCCARTHY WHO'S IN but his touch is horrible and it spins away to safety! Jeers from his former fans.
    • 81' DUNN FLICKS IT HOME! But the whistle has gone, Nelsen adjudged to have fouled Gabbidon. Harsh, but the whistle had gone.
    • 78' Amazing dribbling by Parker - he's tackled, but the ball falls to Stanislas 15 yards out - AND HE THUNDERS IT HOME! Great goal, completely made by Parker's mesmerising run!
    • 74' PIQUIONNE HEADS OVER! Great ball in and he gets above Givet but the header just clears the bar!
    • 72' UPSON HITS THE POST! Stanislas puts in a ball that ricochets off young Hanley and into Upson's path but he puts it on the outside of the left-hand post!
    • 64' POKED WIDE BY COLE! Great play down the right by Dyer, who surged in behind Givet, but Cole from the edge of the six-yard box couldn't finish!
    • 52' GOAL BLACKBURN! Hmm, hardly the attractive football Venky's craved. Indeed, that is the worst goal I have ever seen. After Boffin's flap, Emerton swung it in from the right, Ben Haim stood like a lemon and Tomkins fell over, it came off Nelsen but Boffin made a grea save, Benjani kicked air and it trickled in off Nelsen's knee.
    • 51' Pedersen puts it in AND BOFFIN FLAPS WILDLY but no-one is there to poke it in!
    • 48' Good delivery from Pedersen to Samba back stick but his header goes across goal and not at it and cleared by the Hammers!
    • 44' Great save by the legs of Robinson! A lovely through ball by Piquionne releases Boa Morte who, from the same position as Piquionne earlier, actually drills it across goal. Corner.
    • 42' Great cross in from E.Diouf on the right but Boffin gets enough of a hand on it to clear from several Blackburn players flying in!
    • 41' Great ball by Dyer to send Piquionne in down the left, he gets away from Salgado far too easily but hammers a low drive well wide of the near post! A poor finish, should have got it across Robinson.
    • 34' Pedersen takes the free-kick and curls it towards the bottom right but well held by Boffin!
    • 28' Boffin with a crazy decision to try and dribble a backpass away from goal, Mame Diouf catches him and insanely he carries on dribbling with it, only just getting the ball away from Diouf's second lunge!
    • 4' Pedersen is over it, just to the right of the D, he curls it left footed and it takes a big deflection to beat Boffin but flies over for a corner!
    • 14:45 TEAMS - Blackburn: Robinson, Salgado, Samba, Nelsen, Givet, Emerton, Mame Diouf, Dunn, Pedersen, El-Hadji Diouf, Roberts; Subs: Bunn, Kalinic, Mwaruwari, Hoilett, Jones, Olsson, Hanley /// West Ham: Boffin, Ben-Haim, Tomkins, Upson, Gabbidon, Barrera, Parker, Dyer, Behrami, Piquionne, Boa Morte; Subs: Larkins, Reid, Cole, McCarthy, Spector, Faubert, Stanislas

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • P. Robinson
      • Míchel Salgado
      • C. Samba Substitution Out (57′)
      • R. Nelsen Goal
      • G. Givet Yellow Card
      • D. Dunn
      • M. Gamst Pedersen
      • M. Diouf
      • B. Emerton Yellow Card
      • E. Diouf
      • J. Roberts Substitution Out (10′)

      Subs

      • B. Mwaruwari Substitution In10′
      • M. Olsson
      • N. Kalinic
      • D. Hoilett
      • M. Bunn
      • P. Jones Substitution In57′ Substitution Out68′
      • G. Hanley Substitution In68′
    • Starting line-up

      • R. Boffin
      • T. Ben-Haim Yellow Card
      • J. Tomkins Yellow Card
      • M. Upson
      • D. Gabbidon
      • S. Parker
      • P. Barrera Substitution Out (57′)
      • K. Dyer Substitution Out (82′)
      • J. Spector Substitution Out (57′)
      • L. Boa Morte Yellow Card
      • F. Piquionne

      Subs

      • B. McCarthy Substitution In82′
      • C. Cole Substitution In57′
      • J. Faubert
      • Junior Stanislas Substitution In57′ Goal
      • W. Reid
      • J. Larkins
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