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West Ham   0 - 0   Blackburn

By Jamie Lillywhite

Brett Emerton, Jonathan Spector
There was plenty of effort but little in the way of quality at Upton Park

West Ham remain in trouble with only goal difference keeping them clear of the relegation zone as a dour encounter at Upton Park ended in stalemate.

Morten Gamst Pedersen's free-kick hitting the bar was the only moment of note in an abject first half.

Hammers substitute Carlton Cole made a key impact on his own goal-line when he hooked Gael Givet's effort clear.

Rovers substitute Jason Roberts had the chance of the game but shot straight at Robert Green when through.

David Gold and David Sullivan took their seats in the directors' box at Upton Park for the first time at the helm of their beloved club and received a rousing cheer when fans were asked by the public address announcer to celebrate the Irons being "back under West Ham ownership."

Having confirmed the signing of Blackburn striker Benni McCarthy, Gold had earlier assured fans that no enforced sales would take place, despite the club being £110m in arrears.

Zola unhappy with West Ham performance

The new owners were soon no doubt wondering how they could inject some creative new talent into the playing staff on such limited resources as the low quality of the match flattened the atmosphere.

The Hammers started with no shortage of endeavour, and a teasing Julien Faubert cross was steered narrowly wide of his own net by Chris Samba.

However, their lack of cutting edge was highlighted by Valon Behrami's wild swipe, which was closer to making contact with a team-mate than the ball.

Alessandro Diamanti looked the one player capable of inspiration, his right foot barely making contact with the ball but his skilful left hinting at menace cutting in from the right.

Diamanti's firmly struck right-wing free-kick knocked Paul Robinson off balance as he punched clear, but a desperate half saw the ball more in the air than played neatly along the turf.

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Having offered little in terms of attacking threat, Blackburn might have stolen the lead in the closing stages of the half when Pedersen's curling 23-yard free-kick cannoned off the top of the bar, but the whistle for half-time brought merciful relief.

The famous West Ham songs continued from the patient home contingent after the interval but on the pitch the standard of play remained horribly untidy.

Finally, with 15 minutes remaining, the match kicked into gear, and Blackburn exerted some pressure on the home side when Martin Olsson's curling shot towards the top corner was tipped away by Green.

From the resulting corner, Givet squeezed a low shot that deflected up towards the centre of goal - possibly off a West Ham hand - but Cole acrobatically cleared.

Allardyce 'bitterly diappointed' with draw

In a rare passage of end-to-end excitement, Robinson pushed away another sweetly struck long-range effort from Diamanti.

The Hammers pressed again and Scott Parker, another second half substitution, weaved his way down the left flank and centred invitingly across goal but there was no-one to finish the move.

Gold and Sullivan will know that finding that missing ingredient could be vital in their battle against the drop.

Blackburn, who remain without a victory at Upton Park since April 1994, conceded 14 goals in their first three league visits to London this season, but their seventh point out of a possible nine in the last three league matches puts them in a comfortable mid-table position.


West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola:

"It wasn't a nice game. The tension got to us and we couldn't produce.

"When you play teams like that you need to produce something extra."

West Ham joint-owner David Gold:

"In an ideal world we'd like to bring in one more (player), then we've got to get on with the business of retaining our Premier League status.

"I'm very confident we can turn this around. It's extremely difficult and the only way we're going to get out of it is to be a single unit - players, staff and - most of all - the fans."

Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce:

"We're bitterly disappointed we haven't grabbed all three points.

"Our plan was to see what West Ham had to offer and nullify it but what we weren't doing was causing enough problems with the ball.

"In the second half we started to outplay them and was a mixture of poor finishing, good saves and what should have been a definite penalty for us wasn't, because if he has not handballed it, it was in.

"That aside, we have had enough chances to put the ball in the net more than once, and we failed to do that."

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Saturday, 30 January 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
West Ham 0-0 Blackburn FT
(HT 0-0)

      West Ham

      Substitutes

      Blackburn

      Substitutes

      Ref: WaltonAtt: 33,093
      WEST HAM
      BLACKBURN

      Possession

      • West Ham 54%
      • Blackburn 46%

      Attempts on target

      • West Ham 6
      • Blackburn 4

      Attempts off target

      • West Ham 1
      • Blackburn 4

      Corners

      • West Ham 10
      • Blackburn 7

      Fouls

      • West Ham 17
      • Blackburn 13
      • Final Result
      • Full Time
      • 90:00+4:07 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
      • 90:00+3:37 Corner from the right by-line taken by Alessandro Diamanti, clearance made by Christopher Samba.
      • 89:37 James Tomkins fouled by Keith Andrews, the ref awards a free kick. James Tomkins restarts play with the free kick.
      • 88:03 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gael Givet by Carlton Cole. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
      • 86:21 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Martin Olsson by Alessandro Diamanti. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
      • 85:35 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the right by-line, Robert Green fouled by Jason Roberts, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Robert Green.
      • 85:01 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Morten Gamst Pedersen, save by Robert Green.
      • 82:41 Substitution David Hoilett comes on in place of El-Hadji Diouf.
      • 81:18 Alessandro Diamanti takes the inswinging corner, Jack Collison takes a shot. Blocked by Steven Nzonzi. Alessandro Diamanti takes a shot. Paul Robinson makes a save.
      • 80:01 Freddie Sears is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
      • 79:27 Foul by Christopher Samba on Robert Green, free kick awarded. Robert Green takes the free kick.
      • 78:34 Carlton Cole concedes a free kick for a foul on Morten Gamst Pedersen. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
      • 77:35 Substitution Freddie Sears on for Frank Nouble.
      • 77:13 Inswinging corner taken by Mark Noble.
      • 76:26 Alessandro Diamanti takes the inswinging corner, Gael Givet makes a clearance. Jack Collison takes a shot. Pascal Chimbonda gets a block in.
      • 75:45 Christopher Samba concedes a free kick for a foul on Carlton Cole. Alessandro Diamanti has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, save by Paul Robinson.
      • 75:24 Jason Roberts takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.
      • 74:41 Shot from inside the area by Martin Olsson clears the bar.
      • 72:45 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Gael Givet takes a shot. Save by Carlton Cole.
      • 72:31 Martin Olsson takes a shot. Save made by Robert Green.
      • 71:40 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Morten Gamst Pedersen by Carlton Cole. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
      • 70:45 Substitution Jason Roberts is brought on as a substitute for Nikola Kalinic.
      • 70:27 Julien Faubert has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the target.
      • 68:59 James Tomkins takes the direct free kick.
      • 68:59 Substitution Scott Parker comes on in place of Valon Behrami.
      • 68:59 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Valon Behrami by Keith Andrews.
      • 67:50 Alessandro Diamanti takes the inswinging corner, save made by Paul Robinson.
      • 66:52 Corner from the right by-line taken by Alessandro Diamanti, Steven Nzonzi manages to make a clearance.
      • 66:28 James Tomkins takes a shot. Blocked by Christopher Samba.
      • 65:57 Inswinging corner taken by Alessandro Diamanti, Christopher Samba manages to make a clearance.
      • 64:30 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Carlton Cole.
      • Correction - 60:19 Foul by Julien Faubert on Nikola Kalinic, free kick awarded. Morten Gamst Pedersen restarts play with the free kick, Pascal Chimbonda has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
      • 60:19 Nikola Kalinic fouled by Julien Faubert, the ref awards a free kick. Morten Gamst Pedersen takes the direct free kick.
      • 57:26 Substitution Brett Emerton goes off and Keith Andrews comes on.
      • 56:56 Substitution Carlton Cole comes on in place of Radoslav Kovac.
      • 54:17 The referee penalises Nikola Kalinic for handball. Matthew Upson restarts play with the free kick.
      • 49:17 Corner taken by El-Hadji Diouf from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Valon Behrami.
      • Correction - 48:50 Martin Olsson takes a shot. Blocked by Mark Noble.
      • 48:50 Martin Olsson takes a shot. Mark Noble gets a block in.
      • 47:30 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nikola Kalinic by James Tomkins. El-Hadji Diouf delivers the ball, Gael Givet has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
      • 45:40 Martin Olsson fouled by Valon Behrami, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
      • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
      • Half Time
      • 45:00+1:03 The half-time whistle blows.
      • 45:00+0:21 Alessandro Diamanti concedes a free kick for a foul on Pascal Chimbonda. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
      • 42:30 Foul by Brett Emerton on Julien Faubert, free kick awarded. Robert Green takes the direct free kick.
      • 41:16 Valon Behrami concedes a free kick for a foul on Morten Gamst Pedersen. Morten Gamst Pedersen shoots direct from the free kick,
      • 39:24 Unfair challenge on El-Hadji Diouf by Julien Faubert results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen from left wing, Mark Noble makes a clearance.
      • 37:32 Direct free kick taken by Matthew Upson.
      • 37:32 Booking Brett Emerton goes into the referee's book.
      • 37:24 Foul by Brett Emerton on Alessandro Diamanti, free kick awarded.
      • 36:35 Foul by Steven Nzonzi on Valon Behrami, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Alessandro Diamanti from right wing, Christopher Samba manages to make a clearance.
      • 35:07 Inswinging corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the right by-line.
      • 34:21 Corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Robert Green makes a save.
      • 33:44 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on El-Hadji Diouf by Alessandro Diamanti. Morten Gamst Pedersen takes the free kick.
      • 33:02 Gael Givet fouled by Alessandro Diamanti, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
      • 32:39 Corner taken by Alessandro Diamanti, Christopher Samba makes a clearance.
      • 31:29 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan Nelsen on Valon Behrami. Cross/shot by Alessandro Diamanti, Paul Robinson makes a save.
      • 30:35 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Nelsen by Frank Nouble. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
      • 30:05 Free kick awarded for a foul by Brett Emerton on Jack Collison. Matthew Upson takes the direct free kick.
      • 28:33 Frank Nouble is caught offside. Paul Robinson takes the indirect free kick.
      • 27:33 Foul by Mark Noble on Brett Emerton, free kick awarded. Morten Gamst Pedersen takes the free kick.
      • 25:56 Morten Gamst Pedersen challenges Valon Behrami unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Robert Green.
      • 23:53 Alessandro Diamanti takes the outswinging corner, El-Hadji Diouf makes a clearance.
      • 22:04 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gael Givet by Alessandro Diamanti. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
      • 20:19 Unfair challenge on Mark Noble by Steven Nzonzi results in a free kick. James Tomkins takes the free kick.
      • 19:05 The assistant referee flags for offside against Radoslav Kovac. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
      • 16:58 Alessandro Diamanti challenges Gael Givet unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ryan Nelsen restarts play with the free kick.
      • 15:24 The referee penalises Brett Emerton for handball. Free kick taken by Mark Noble.
      • 13:57 Inswinging corner taken by Mark Noble from the left by-line, Paul Robinson makes a save.
      • 2:52 Valon Behrami challenges Martin Olsson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
      • 2:37 Morten Gamst Pedersen challenges Valon Behrami unfairly and gives away a free kick. Valon Behrami restarts play with the free kick.
      • 2:21 The referee gives a free kick against Brett Emerton for handball. Jonathan Spector takes the free kick.
      • 1:27 The official flags El-Hadji Diouf offside. Robert Green takes the indirect free kick.
      • 0:00 The referee gets the game underway.

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      Premier League table snapshot

      As it stood on 30 Jan 2010 23:59 UK

      Position Team P GD PTS
      1 Chelsea 23 38 54
      2 Man Utd 23 34 50
      3 Arsenal 23 34 49
      4 Tottenham 24 20 42
      5 Liverpool 24 16 41
      6 Aston Villa 23 13 40
      7 Man City 21 12 38
      8 Birmingham 23 -1 34
      9 Everton 23 -1 32
      10 Blackburn 24 -15 28
      11 Fulham 23 -2 27
      12 Stoke 21 -7 25
      13 Sunderland 22 -10 23
      14 Wigan 22 -23 22
      15 West Ham 23 -9 21
      16 Bolton 22 -15 21
      17 Wolves 23 -21 21
      18 Burnley 23 -23 20
      19 Hull 23 -26 20
      20 Portsmouth 21 -14 15

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