After a dissapointing performance against Arsenal, Rovers returned home to Ewood Park to face the Hammers, who themselves have been having their inconsintincies. Jason Roberts and Benni McCarthy were paired up front, with Rovers resorting to an attacking 4-4-2 formation, and boy werent we up for a game.
For once it was Rovers who were applying the early pressure, a blocked shot by McCarthy and wasteful efforts from Roberts and Diouf showed that Rovers were here to play, rather then bash up their opponents. BLackburn continued to dominate in the opening quarter, with Gamst proving a continous threat down the left flank, and his long throws causing havoc in the West Ham penalty area.
Blackburn h0wever were almost hit on the counter, a deep cross from Mark Noble caused some confusion in the box, with Samba and Robinson both going for the same ball, and both missing. The ball popped up in the box, but no Hammer was their to pounce. A long throw from Morten Gamst Pedersen was flicked on by Chrissy Samba, finding the feet of Diouf who buried the ball in the back of the net, however he was correctly ruled offside.
Controversy struck in the 35th minute for Rovers. A through ball was played into the feet of Luis Boa Morte, who was clearly offside, who then carried on to cut the ball across the goals into the feet of Diego Trisitan, who in turn layed it of for Mark Noble, who struck a delightful shot with the outside of his foot into the far bottom corner, 1-0 West Ham.
Rovers continued to threat the West Ham goal, with Gamst peppering a shot over the goal, Chris Samba unable to reach a Diouf free kick, and Roberts and McCarthy unable to get past that final man. Unlucky going into the break, 1-0 West Ham
ROvers were forced into a change at the break, Oijer coming of for Keith ANdrews. The change payed dividens within minutes of the restart. ANother Gamst throw in was not dealt with, with the ball bouncing at an acute angle, Andrews half volleyed through the crowd, almost tearing the back of the net, 1-1. Game on!!!
Diouf netted his second of the game, but was once again correctly judged to be offside, it just wasnt to be!!!! Rovers pushed frantically for a winner, and position was dominated, with Rovers continuossly sending the ball into the box with every opportunity, however, to no avail. The half ticked on, and it looked like we would eventually crack them, but that lucky bounce just didnt happen.
Rovers survived a late scare in the dying minutes, a long cleared ball by West Ham found Samba and DYer chasing the same ball, Samba made a blue of it, and jostled with Dyer in the box who went down, however referee Chris Foy told him to get back up
Paul Robinson 6
Needs to communicate better with the lads, however not much to do for him tonight
Ryan Nelsen 7.5
The admiral was first to evrey header, every tackle and controlled the back 4, great game from the Admiral
Poked his head around all game, just couldnt get that vital touch to give Rovers the 3 points
Looked like the injury was slightly affecting him, not letting him get into full stride, should of done better with the West Ham goal, even though he was offside
Andre Oijer 5.5
Not one of the best games for the Dutchman, was completely outpaced and out positioned, hopefully his injury is not too bad
Morten Gamst 8.5
Great game from Gamst, thats what we want to see from him, darting runs, whipped in crosses, and staying on your feet!!!
Aaron Mokoena 7
Not a bad game from the Axe to be honest. Got stuck in, made some great tackles and knocked the ball around
El Hadji Diouf 6.5
Lost the ball a few too many times for my liking, twice offside, the second one he really should of stayed on side
Steven Warnock 7
Ran his heart out, just didnt have the same effect that he did have against Fulham
Jason Roberts 7
Held the ball up well, but couldnt make that vital opening to give Rovers the Points
Benni McCarthy 6.5
Got stuck in, actually chased the Hammers all around the ptich, but really didnt do much in an attacking sense, would of liked to see Villanueva come in in the last 10-15
Keith Andrews 7.5
Great half from Keith, looked a threat on the overlap, and what a goal!!!!
Not the best of weekends for Blackburn, Portsmouth and Stoke leap frog us with their wins, however Newcastle stay below us after their loss