West Ham United 3 Blackburn Rovers 1
Saturday, 13th August 2005
by East Stand Martin
A choice had to be made this weekend between watching the Ashes at Old Trafford or our return to the Premier League. I think you already know what I decided to do, and the thoughts you are about to read were composed on a train up to Mancsville on Saturday night.
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Player RatingsRoy Carroll
Not really tested other than by the occasional back pass from Dailly that went a little short for comfort. I think 88 minutes had passed when he had to make his first save.
Displayed a worrying lack of pace at times and I?EUR~ll be happier when Repka?EUR(TM)s fit enough to take over the right back spot. Battled gamely on though and got some decent challenges in as the game progressed.
An impressive debut from the left-back and there were early signs that the Konchesky/Etherington partnership down the left might be useful. Nearly spoilt things with his late lapse in concentration to let Bellamy in but his shove on the annoying Savage will have endeared him to many fans.
The defence had a decent game for the most part ?EUR" though the marking at corners may need looking at. In the battle against Kuqi and Bellamy Anton did exceedingly well and he is rapidly maturing into the player many observers thought he could be.
Another fine debut. Made a number of important challenges and looked accomplished throughout. He has a bit of pace about him too which is always useful.
After a shaky start where he got caught in possession a little too much for my liking, he knuckled down to provide what turned to be a excellent performance in the middle.
A superb second half capped with a fine goal. AP reckons he really rates himself to do well at this level. Performances like this will have us agreeing. My MOTM.
Drifted in and out a bit and got bundled over a few times in the early rough and tumble. However despite his slight frame he was always keen to get stuck in to win the ball back and he played a vital part in the first and third goals. There?EUR(TM)s potential there if someone could take him down to Nathans for some large helpings of pie & mash.
Another who played in spells. Seemed a little overawed in the first half. Less so in the second when he set up a number of decent chances. Enjoyed the goal didn?EUR(TM)t he!
Caused Blackburn problems throughout and might have got the goal he possibly deserved had he been a little more composed in front of goal. First day nerves maybe.
The usual intelligent display from young Edward ?EUR" especially in the second half when he seemed to be more on the same wavelength as his colleagues. Clever anticipation for the goal though the sulky nature of his departure was a tad unnecessary.
(Replaced Sheringham, 72) Steady enough 20 minutes or so though he might have scored late on.
(Replaced Mullins, 84) Just time for a brief cameo of the youngster?EUR(TM)s footwork.
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Match FactsWest Ham United: Roy Carroll, Christian Dailly, Paul Konchesky, Anton Ferdinand, Danny Gabbidon, Hayden Mullins, Nigel Reo-Coker, Yossi Benayoun, Matthew Etherington, Marlon Harewood, Teddy Sheringham.
Goals: Teddy Sheringham 46 Nigel Reo-Coker 62 Matthew Etherington 80 .
Booked: None booked. .
Sent Off: None sent off. .
Blackburn Rovers: Friedel, Neill, Todd, Mokoena, Matteo, Emerton, Savage, Reid, Pedersen, Kuqi, Savage.
Subs not used: Enckelman, Tuguy, Flitcroft.
Goals: Todd (18).
Booked: Savage (20).
Sent off: None.
Man of the Match: Nigel Reo-Coker.