Green and Stech were both presumably injured as Boffin started in goal. Obinna was also injured. West Ham started with a midfield of Boa Morte, Parker, Spector and Barrera, with Piquionne and Dyer up front.
With the ground hard under foot both sets of players struggled to control the ball which led to a rather scrappy first half. Blackburn had more possession but West Ham probably just edged the chances on goal.
Blackburn's best chances were a couple of freekicks for Pedersson from 20 yards. His first, early on, was blocked by Upson. In the 38th minute he got another chance. This time his shot was on target but it was a fairly comfortable save for Boffin in goal.
At the other end Boa Morte created a good chance for Piquionne, playing the striker clear in the area in the 41st minute. However Piquionne screwed his shot just the wrong side of the left hand post. Three minutes later the roles were reversed when Piquionne set Boa Morte clear. Boa Morte managed to get his shot on target but couldn't beat Robinson in goal.
Five minutes into the second half a series of errors led to a Blackburn goal. First Boffin failed to clear a cross, then Barrera had an age to clear the ball but was robbed on the right wing. The ball was crossed back into the box. Nelson shot from four yards, Boffin saved the shot but the ball bounced back to Nelson who kneed the ball home.
Grant then brought on Cole and Stanislas for Barrera and Spector. West Ham pushed forward looking for the equaliser. They came close in the 70th minute when an Upson reaction shot from 7 yards clipped the left hand post as it flew wide. Four minutes later and Piquionne headed just over from 7 yards from a corner.
West Ham's pressure finally paid off in the 78th minute when Parker surged into the area. The ball deflected wide to Stanislas who fired home from 9 yards. McCarthy then came on for Dyer and had a golden opportunity to get the winner when he was played free by Parker but McCarthy couldn't control the ball on the edge of the area.
With seconds left in the game Blackburn had a good chance to get the winner when they were given a freekick on the edge of the West Ham penalty box. Pedersson however fired his shot just wide of the left hand post.