Premier League
West Ham United 0-0 Blackburn Rovers 

Saturday, 30th January 2010
by Gordon Thrower

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Player Ratings

Robert Green
A couple of fine saves though his kicking has seen better days.

Julien Faubert
A decent game ?EUR" even more so given the sad news of his mother?EUR(TM)s death. Our best wishes go to him and his family.

Jonathan Spector
Had good and indifferent spells ?EUR" including one storming run in the first half that came to a hilarious end as he found himself just outside the box surrounded by opponents.

Matthew Upson
Marshalled Kalinic well while he was on the pitch.

James Tomkins
Not bad on the floor but given a harder time when Roberts came on.

Valon Behrami
Not one of his better afternoons but still put in a fair bit of running.

Radoslav Kovac
Had a similar game to Behrami without putting in the mileage. I suppose that?EUR(TM)s economy of effort for you.

Jack Collison
Looked ok sporadically but delayed shots and passes a couple of times too much for my liking.

Mark Noble
Not a bad first half but his distribution went off the boil in the second half.

Frank Nouble
A few good touches but clearly needs time to develop ?EUR" hopefully the arrival of McCarthy and A.N.Other and the return of Cole will allow that to happen at a more sensible pace than has been possible up to now.

Alessandro Diamanti
Probably our only creative outlet on the day. His free-kick was probably as close as we got to scoring.


Carlton Cole
(Replaced Kovac, 58 mins) Good to see him back. Looked a bit rusty but still caused the odd problem. His most telling contribution though was his goal-line clearance in the second half.

Scott Parker
(Replaced Bahrami, 70 mins) Another one it was good to see again. Showed why we need him fit and well in the middle.

Freddie Sears
(Replaced Nouble, 78 mins) Earned a corner but was largely anonymous in the few minutes he was on.

Marek Stech
Did not play.

Herita Ilunga
Did not play.

Manuel Da Costa
Did not play.

Junior Stanislas
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Robert Green, Julien Faubert, Jonathan Spector, Matthew Upson, James Tomkins, Valon Behrami, Radoslav Kovac, Jack Collison, Mark Noble, Frank Nouble, Alessandro Diamanti.

Goals: None.

Booked: None booked.           .

Sent Off: None sent off     .

Blackburn Rovers: Robinson, Chimbonda, Samba, Nelsen, Givet, Emerton, N'Zonzi, Olsson, Pedersen, Diouf, Kalinic.

Subs not used: Brown, Salgado, Reid, Di Santo.

Goals: None.

Booked: Emerton (38).

Sent off: None.

Referee: Peter Walton.

Attendance: 33,093.

Man of the Match: Julien Faubert.