Premier League
Blackburn Rovers 1 West Ham United 1

Saturday, 21st March 2009
by Gordon Thrower

Always an eventful one this, and this season was no exception.



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Player Ratings

Robert Green
No chance with the goal. Some good saves in the first half but for all Allardyce?EUR(TM)s bluster it was noticeable that the defence?EUR(TM)s hard work gave him few saves to make in the second half.


Jonathan Spector
Guilty once more of going missing, leaving his man unmarked far too often.


Herita Ilunga
Battled well throughout and stuck to his job.


James Tomkins
A mature performance from the youngster. How many blocks did he put in?


Lucas Neill
Moved to the middle to cover injuries he had a tough battling 90 minutes being manhandled by Roberts and Samba.


Scott Parker
Another strong run out ?EUR" though like Noble he looked knackered at the end.


Radoslav Kovac
Spent much of the 90 in a rather uneven struggle being hauled over by Samba. Stuck to the job well and made a number of clearances that would have been a lot better if the forwards had been able to hold things up.


Mark Noble
Fine finish for the goal and a much better run out than of late. Faded a bit towards the end but that was unsurprising in view of the running he?EUR(TM)d put in.


Luis Boa Morte
Almost played as a third forward. Unlike his colleagues he did at least do a lot of chasing back.


Diego Tristan
Schnorbitz has been making noises about extending his stay at the Boleyn. Not on this form I?EUR(TM)m afraid.


David Di Michele
Contributed little of note I?EUR(TM)m afraid. In matches like this you need your forwards to provide an outlet to the defence. He didn?EUR(TM)t.



Substitutes

Walter Lopez
(Replaced Boa Morte, 79 mins) Brought the ball out of defence well in the short period he was on.


Kieron Dyer
(Replaced Di Michele, 82 mins) Looked hungry in the10 minutes or so he was on. How he wasn?EUR(TM)t awarded a penalty only Foy?EUR(TM)s analyst will know.


Josh Payne
(Replaced Tristan, 90 mins) Not really on long enough to make a difference other than by running the clock down at the death.


Jan Lastuvka
Did not play.


Bondz N'Gala
Did not play.


Junior Stanislas
Did not play.


Fred Sears
Did not play.



Match Facts

West Ham United: Robert Green, Jonathan Spector, Herita Ilunga, James Tomkins, Lucas Neill, Scott Parker, Radoslav Kovac, Mark Noble, Luis Boa Morte, Diego Tristan, David Di Michele.

Goals: Noble 36                  .

Booked: Scott Parker 90          .

Sent off: None.

Blackburn Rovers: Robinson, Ooijer, Samba, Nelsen, Givet, Diouf, Mokoena, Warnock, Pedersen, McCarthy, Roberts.

Subs not used: Brown, Kerimoglu, Dunn, Khizanishvili, Villanueva, Treacy.

Goals: Andrews (51).

Booked: Nelsen (68), Mokoena (85).

Sent off: None.

Referee: Chris Foy.

Attendance: 21,672.

Man of the Match: James Tomkins.