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  • Date: Sat 30 January 2010
  • Venue: Upton Park
  • Ref: Walton, P
  • Attendance: 33,093

West Ham United vs Blackburn Rovers

Team Lineups

West Ham United

Robert Green
Matthew Upson
Jonathan Spector
James Tomkins
Radoslav Kovac (Carlton Cole, 58)
Mark Noble
Julien Faubert
Valon Behrami (Scott Parker, 70)
Jack Collison
Frank Nouble (Freddie Sears, 78)
Alessandro Diamanti

Blackburn Rovers

Paul Robinson
Christopher Samba
Gael Givet
Ryan Nelsen
Brett Emerton (Keith Andrews, 58)
Martin Olsson
Pascal Chimbonda
Morten Gamst Pedersen
Steven N'Zonzi
El Hadji Diouf (David Hoilett, 84)
Nikola Kalinic (Jason Roberts, 71)

Match Report
East Enders David Gold and David Sullivan received a right old cockney welcome before the game but, by the time the final whistle blew on a goalless draw against Blackburn, West Ham United's new 50 per cent owners could have been forgiven for hoping that they had kept their receipt. While their former club Birmingham City fly high in eighth place, their new purchase languishes just one point above the drop-zone after a dour game that saw the Hammers thanking goalkeeper Robert Green and the woodwork for saving them from defeat. Sam Allardyce had made just one switch from the team that had climbed into 11th spot with victory over Wigan Athletic on Wednesday evening as Christopher Samba returned in place of substitute David Hoilett. Following his 16th-placed side's back-to-back draws at Aston Villa and Portsmouth, Gianfranco Zola named an unchanged side from the side that had earned a point against Pompey in midweek. With both teams lining up in a 4-5-1 formation, the midfield was far too congested for either side to make any meaningful impression during a mediocre opening that did little to warm the 33,093 frozen, frustrated fans, while both keepers were thankful for their gloves as they looked on as redundant spectators. On the half-hour mark, though, Paul Robinson was finally called into action, when he was forced to fist out Alessandro Diamanti's right-wing free-kick from his near post and, at the other end, the back-pedalling Robert Green clawed Morten Gamst Pedersen's inswinging corner over his right-hand angle. Then, three minutes before the break, Pedersen whipped a 20-yard free-kick onto the Hammers crossbar to leave West Ham walking off at the break fortunate to still to be level at the interval. With the second period going much the same way as the first, both managers made a switch as the hour mark approached, as top-scorer Carlton Cole replaced Radoslav Kovac and Brett Emerton made way for Keith Andrews. Midway through the half, with West Ham now moving to a 4-4-2 formation, James Tomkins saw his shot deflected over and, after Scott Parker replaced Valon Behrami, Rovers brought on fresh legs up front with Jason Roberts taking on the responsibility for the lone strike role from Nikola Kalinic. Those switches certainly brought the game to life as Green brilliantly palmed Pedersen's rasping 20-yarder around his left-hand post and, from the subsequent corner, Cole cleared Gael Givet's shot off the line. With 15 minutes remaining, Roberts brilliantly outwitted Tomkins but, with the whites of Green's eyes in his sights, the exposed Hammers keeper denied the Rovers substitute with a superb low save. At the other end, Diamanti saw Robinson in equally defiant mood as he tipped over his long-range effort and the Italian found himself thwarted once more when his low 20-yarder flew back through the pack and into the ribs of the visitors well-placed keeper to leave both sides settling for a point.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

Full Time: West Ham 0 - 0 Blackburn. Neither side could break the deadlock at Upton Park despite great chances coming at either end.

90

West Ham win a corner in injury time but the visitors deal with Diamanti's delivery.

87

There have been chances at either end but it looks like it will be a scrappy end to the game with either side conceding free-kicks.

85

Upson has the beating of Hoilett as the forward looks to get his head on a lofted Pedersen cross.

84

A great run from Parker and he reaches the byline before rolling a pass across the six-yard box but his team-mates are not on the same wavelength.

83
Substitution
 

Diouf makes way for young Canadian forward David Hoilett.

81

West Ham efforts are blocked in a crowd of bodies before Diamanti's 20-yard strike sails straight down the throat of Robinson.

79

Roberts rises to get his head on a Pedersen throw but impedes Green and concedes a free-kick.

77
Substitution
 

One youngster replaces another as Freddie Sears, who scored on his West Ham debut against Rovers, comes on for Nouble.

76

Diamanti's corner causes problems and in the end Collison's low strike is blocked by Chimbonda.

76

Diamanti forces a top-drawer save out of Robinson from a 35-yard free-kick.

75

Roberts turns Tomkins inside out and is one-on-one with Green but cannot beat the keeper as his low shot is well saved.

74

A cross into the box finds Olsson again and this time he blasts his shot over the bar.

73

West Ham fail to deal with the corner and Givet's shot is hacked off the line by Cole.

72

Green turns an Olsson effort around the post and the visitors have a corner.

71
Substitution
 

The ineffective Nikola Kalinic is replaced by Jason Roberts.

70

Faubert lets fly from a ridiculous distance and unsurprisingly fails to work Robinson.

69
Substitution
 

Scott Parker takes the field in place of Valon Behrami.

68

The Hammers pose a much more attacking threat since the arrival of Cole and another big name looks set to join him off the bench.

67

Nouble is too honest as he gets the wrong side of Nelsen and stays on his feet despite a tug on his shirt from the Rovers centre half.

66

The ball falls kindly for Tomkins inside the box and his left footed strike deflects over the bar for another corner.

66

Cole holds the ball up in the box and lines up a shot before his marker knocks the ball behind for a corner.

64

Pedersen picks out Andrews in the box and he looks for Kalinic with a cushioned header but Green rushes off his line to smother the loose ball.

61

An ambitious half volley from Chimbonda flies wide of the target.

58

Noble puts his side under pressure as Andrews dispossesses him in the final third but his ball across the face of goal is cleared by Tomkins.

57
Substitution
 

Sam Allardyce also changes things around as Brett Emerton makes way for Keith Andrews.

57
Substitution
 

An attacking substitution from Zola as Carlton Cole comes on for Radoslav Kovac.

56

Diamanti and Faubert each get crosses into the box but but the visitors clear the danger.

54

The Blackburn defence are simply holding off West Ham attacks at the moment as the home side hit hopeful passes forward.

52

Play is halted for a few minutes as Spector receives treatment for an injury.

50

The game is not flowing with plenty of misplaced passes as Gael Givet puts the ball out of play in the final third.

48

The Hammers are giving away far too many free-kicks but this time Diouf's delivery is poor.

46

The home side still have the option of Carlton Cole on the bench and if the scoreline remains the same, it will surely not be long before the England International is introduced.

Second half
 

The second-half is underway.

Half time
 

Half Time: West Ham 0 - 0 Blackburn. The home side started well but since then the game has fizzled out and in terms of chances it has been a very quiet first-half at Upton Park.

43

That was the first real piece of action and it has disgruntled the home crowd.

42

Blackburn win a corner in a dangerous position and Pedersen looks in despair as his bending effort cannons back off the crossbar.

40

The game has died out now and we are still without any clear cut chances in this tie.

38

Kovac goes down unconvincingly inside the Rovers box and the referee waves away the murmur of penalty protests.

37
Yellow Card
 

Brett Emerton picks up the first booking of the game for bringing down Diamanti on the break.

34

El Hadji Diouf earns his side a corner and Pedersen makes Rob Green work as his delivery swings dangerously towards the far post.

33

The ball bounces around the area following Diamanti's corner and Rovers breathe a sigh of relief as the Italian is penalised for handball.

32

Diamanti's swerving free-kick is punched behind for a corner by Paul Robinson.

30

Nouble is finding life difficult with Nelsen and Samba on his back at all times and this is not helping West Ham's progress in the final third.

28

Jonathan Spector goes on a nosebleed run and manages to get into the box before running into trouble.

27

Blackburn have stuck to their game plan and have killed the atmosphere at Upton Park but do not look like scoring with Kalinic isolated up-front.

25

Diamanti looks for Nouble with a lob over the defence but the forward is offside.

23

Diamanti gets a low shot away from the right side of the box and wins his side a corner.

22

Collison is lively and lines up a shot from the edge of the box before a blue and shirt shirt charges him down.

20

Nikola Kalinic turns into a crowd of West Ham shirts inside the box as he looks to get a shot away.

19

Faubert cuts open the defence again and picks out Radoslav Kovac at the far side but the midfielder is ruled offside.

18

The visitors look dangerous from Pedersen's long throws but this time Samba's header bounces harmlessly wide of the post.

17

The football is flowing for West Ham and they are causing Blackburn problems at the back with midfielders getting into the box from deep.

16

Jack Collison cuts onto his left foot inside the box but opts to pass instead of shoot and Nelsen reads the danger.

14

The first chance of the game comes from a delightful Julien Faubert cross forcing Samba to concede a corner.

12

Another West Ham move comes to an end as Rovers deal with a Frank Nouble flick on without another claret and blue shirt in sight.

10

West Ham are enjoying a lot of possession but we are yet to see any real chances so far.

8

Diamanti whips an inviting ball into the box that is directed away from danger by Ryan Nelsen.

7

It has been 16 years since Blackburn last won at the Boleyn Ground and given the home side's strong start to the game, they may be happy with a draw today.

6

Alessandro Diamanti picks up the ball and tries to wriggle his way into the box before Christopher Samba stops him in his tracks.

4

Morten Gamst Pedersen launches a long throw into the box and Steven N'Zonzi latches onto it at the far post but his ball back into the centre is turned behind by Matthew Upson.

1

This is David Sullivan and David Gold's first home game as owners of West Ham and the atmosphere is electric at Upton Park.

Kickoff
 

Referee Peter Walton gets the game underway.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

West Ham boss Zola is obviously not prepared to risk some of his players today with big games coming up in the next few weeks. Benni McCarthy, who is expected to join the Hammers this window, is unsurprisingly absent for the Blackburn.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Christopher Samba returns from suspension for Blackburn and is the only change to the Rovers side that beat Wigan on Wednesday with David Hoilett dropping to the bench.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Herita Ilunga, Scott Parker and Carlton Cole are all back from injury but only make the bench for West Ham as Gianfranco Zola names an unchanged side to the one that drew 1-1 with Portsmouth midweek.