Saturday, March 21, 2009

Blackburn 1 West Ham 1

Blackburn made this a good game in the first half (especially for West Ham) by pushing forward relentlessly and leaving their defence completely exposed. Despite their continued attacks they never looked like scoring and West Ham looked very dangerous on the break.

Blackburn had a couple of warnings of the danger they were leaving themselves open to. In the 18th minute Di Michele played Tristan clean through on goal and Robinson was forced to rush out of his area to clear. In the 24th minute a mix up between Robinson and a defender saw the ball fall to Tristan with an open goal, but the ball caught Tristan by surprise and he didn't manage to react fast enough.

In the 34th minute Noble slid in and won the ball just outside the West Ham area. He then got to his feet and ran the length of the pitch, with the ball, unchallenged before passing to Boa Morte on the left of the Blackburn area. Boa Morte pulled the ball back for Tristan on the edge of the box, who then passed the ball back to Noble running into the area from the left wing. Noble then passed the ball into the back of the net, across the six yard box.

Blackburn started the second half strongly. In the 49th minute Neill blocked a Roberts' shot. The ball went out for a throw. Blackburn threw the ball long into the West Ham area, West Ham only managed to clear it to the right of the goal, where Andrews ran onto the ball and smashed the ball low across the 6 yard box and into the back of the net.

For the rest of the game Blackburn relentlessly pumped the ball long into West Ham's area and West Ham, sadly, were not as effective on the break as they were in the first half. In the 79th minute Dyer was brought on for Di Michele. Within a couple of minutes of coming on Dyer was dragged down in the box by Samba but the ref pretended it wasn't a foul when it looked a definite penalty.

In the end West Ham were probably lucky to hold on for a point here. I just hope the pundits don't start lauding Fat Sam for playing shite football and getting a point at home against a decimated West Ham side. A result that could see them in the bottom three by tonight.


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