Blackburn Rovers 1-2 West Ham United 

Saturday, 17th March 2007
by East Stand Martin

Oxford Fred was really up for a trip to Coronation Street after a few days of madness down in Cheltenham where he’d ended up several hundred quid to the good with the usual inevitable consequences for his expected lifespan.

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Player Ratings

Robert Green
Coped fairly well with everything that was thrown at him - and did enough to put off Pedersen when a goal looked on the cards.

Lucas Neill
A decent showing on the return to his former club. A target for the home fans throughout the game, the big Aussie had the last laugh - and more importantly, lasted a full 90 minutes.

George McCartney
Tenacious in the tackle as always, although you're never truly convinced that he looks completely comfortable at this level.

Anton Ferdinand
Still one or two questions over his overall defending but a fair performance. Held a high line well along side Collins.

James Collins
Despite being responsible for losing his marker for the goal, Collins was probably the pick of the defenders on show - despite some poor distribution at times. If only he could stay fit ...

Mark Noble
One game too many perhaps as the youngster was out-fought and out-thought by Blackburn's veteran wily Turk. Rightly substituted today, but he's done enough in recent weeks to show he should be in with a shout.

Nigel Reo-Coker
There was less verbal and a lot more commitment from NRC today, who played a vital part in the equalising goal. Maybe it was the threat of losing the captaincy? Whatever, it worked.

Lee Bowyer
Not in the game at all, huffed and puffed and - dare one say it - looked as if his days are numbered.

Matthew Etherington
Although there was more effort than perhaps in recent weeks the end product is still missing. You would like to see him gamble a little more when attacking his full-back; however on second thoughts ...

Carlos Tevez
Blackburn defenders flocked to him like flies round ... well, you know ... everytime he had the ball at his feet - yet he won a penalty and then had the audacity to claim the second. Bravo, Carlitos.

Marlon Harewood
Very, very disappointing. Obviously Marlon is a huge confidence player, but how on earth do you turn this kind of form around? Missing a first-half sitter when set up by Tevez appeared to render him useless thereafter.


Hayden Mullins
(Replaced Noble, 45) A good substitution by Caurbishley that ultimately paid dividends. Offered far more than Noble had previously.

Bobby Zamora
(Replaced Harewood, 55) For the second consecutive game Zamora came on and made a difference. Given Harewood's form Bobby must be a candidate; whether he can be as imposing from the start remains to be seen.

Luis Boa Morte
(Replaced Tevez, 83) Barely featured although it was good to see him on the field again. Hopefully he can now start repaying some of the ??5m we paid for him.

Jimmy Walker
Did not play.

Jonathan Spector
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Robert Green, Lucas Neill, George McCartney, Anton Ferdinand, James Collins, Mark Noble, Nigel Reo-Coker, Lee Bowyer, Matthew Etherington, Carlos Tevez, Marlon Harewood.

Goals: Carlos Tevez 71 Bobby Zamora 75                .

Booked: Lee Bowyer 20 Nigel Reo-Coker 41 Bobby Zamora 70 Anton Ferdinand 81    .

Sent Off: None sent off.     .

Blackburn Rovers: Friedel, Warnock, Khizanishvili, Samba, Dunn, Tugay, Pedersen, Emerton, Bentley, Derbyshire, McCarthy..

Subs not used: Brown, Henchoz, Gallagher..

Goals: Samba (47)..

Booked: Bentley (18), Emerton (70), Roberts (73), Dunn (76)..

Sent off: None.

Referee: H.Webb.

Attendance: 18,591.

Man of the Match: Carlos Tevez.