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Blackburn   1 - 1   West Ham

Stanislas scores West Ham's equaliser to give them their 13th point of the season
Stanislas scores West Ham's equaliser to give them their 13th point of the season

By Ian Hughes

Junior Stanislas scored late in the second half to rescue a point for West Ham against Blackburn at Ewood Park.

Early on, Morten Gamst Pedersen's free-kick was the best Rovers managed, while Paul Robinson denied Luis Boa Morte.

Ryan Nelsen nudged the opener with his knee, beating Hammers debutant keeper Ruud Boffin at the second attempt.

West Ham were denied an equaliser when Matthew Upson's shot hit the post but Stanislas curled in a low effort to earn his side a reprieve.

Both teams came into the game off the back of a destabilising week. Hammers boss Avram Grant had been reportedly told he must win one of his side's next three games to avoid being sacked, while Rovers dismissed manager Sam Allardyce on Monday and put Steve Kean in temporary charge.

Boss Grant hails West Ham spirit

Ironically, there have been suggestions that Allardyce is waiting in the wings to replace Grant - but on the evidence of the Hammers' performance at Ewood Park, the job may not become available for a while.

The Londoners fought back gamely late on and with better delivery in the final third they might have even sneaked a win, which would have been their first on the road since August 2009.

But in a game largely short on action to help excite and warm the freezing crowd, a draw seemed a fair result.

It was understandable that the visitors would concentrate on defence and on protecting their fourth-choice keeper Boffin, who had previously played only three times for the reserves.

The Londoners also suffered a blow before kick-off when Valon Behrami injured himself in the warm-up.

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However, the lack of ambition shown in the first half by a side desperate to lift themselves off the foot of the table did not bode well.

With only one other fixture surviving the weather, West Ham could have leapfrogged Wolves with a win - and possibly helped Grant save his job in the process.

They managed to fashion two chances of any note, but Frederic Piquionne fired into the side netting and Boa Morte's low shot was kept out at the near post by Robinson's legs.

Rovers fared no better, with only a curling Pedersen free-kick testing the inexperienced Boffin, who was able to enjoy a pressure-free opening 45 minutes.

But after the break the young Belgian was soon picking the ball out of the net, though he will feel a little unfortunate not to have kept a clean sheet.

His point-blank save to keep out Nelsen's shot deserved better than for the ball to find its way past him via the knee of the Rovers defender as he swung his leg in hope.

The goal seemed to stir the visitors into action and for the first time in the match they began to dictate the play.

Kean disappointed by dropped points

And they came agonisingly close to an equaliser when Upson's low shot, following Stanislas's cross, cannoned off the foot of the post.

Soon after they deservedly restored parity when Scott Parker embarked on a mazy run and Stanislas finished off the move with a curling shot into the bottom corner.

It was a blow for Blackburn, who had lost Jason Roberts to a hamstring injury early on and then saw Christopher Samba and his replacement Phil Jones also go off injured, but they would have restored their lead had Nelsen not been penalised for a foul in the box before David Dunn's flick in.

West Ham also pushed for a winner but let themselves down with poor crossing when they had players well placed. The result means West Ham pick up their 13th point of the season - but Grant may now have only two games left to save himself.


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Saturday, 18 December 2010

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Blackburn 1-1 West Ham FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Nelsen 51
  • Stanislas 78

Blackburn

Substitutes

West Ham

Substitutes

Ref: DeanAtt: 21,934
BLACKBURN
WEST HAM

Possession

  • Blackburn 55%
  • West Ham 45%

Attempts on target

  • Blackburn 5
  • West Ham 3

Attempts off target

  • Blackburn 8
  • West Ham 8

Corners

  • Blackburn 9
  • West Ham 4

Fouls

  • Blackburn 12
  • West Ham 10
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:08 The match has reached full-time.
  • 90:00+2:24 Foul by Luis Boa Morte on Brett Emerton, free kick awarded. Morten Gamst Pedersen produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 90:00+2:24 Booking Luis Boa Morte receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 90:00+1:24 Effort from outside the penalty box by Brett Emerton goes wide right of the target.
  • 90:00+0:52 James Tomkins concedes a free kick for a foul on El-Hadji Diouf. Free kick crossed left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen from left wing, clearance made by Carlton Cole.
  • 90:00+0:52 Booking James Tomkins is cautioned.
  • 88:54 Matthew Upson challenges Benjani Mwaruwari unfairly and gives away a free kick. Morten Gamst Pedersen fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 88:24 Frederic Piquionne has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
  • 87:36 Scott Parker delivers the ball.
  • 87:20 The ball is swung over by Frederic Piquionne, clearance by Grant Hanley.
  • 87:00 The ball is swung over by Morten Gamst Pedersen, James Tomkins makes a clearance.
  • 86:53 El-Hadji Diouf decides to take the corner short.
  • 86:37 The ball is crossed by David Dunn.
  • 86:22 The ball is delivered by Michel Salgado, Matthew Upson makes a clearance.
  • 85:21 The ball is delivered by Junior Stanislas, Ryan Nelsen manages to make a clearance.
  • 84:55 Corner taken by Junior Stanislas played to the near post, David Dunn manages to make a clearance.
  • 84:22 Morten Gamst Pedersen concedes a free kick for a foul on Carlton Cole. Free kick crossed by Junior Stanislas, clearance by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
  • 83:11 El-Hadji Diouf sends in a cross.
  • 81:13 Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Ryan Nelsen concedes a free kick for a foul on Daniel Gabbidon. Ruud Boffin takes the direct free kick.
  • 81:13 Substitution Kieron Dyer leaves the field to be replaced by Benni McCarthy.
  • 80:18 The ball is sent over by Morten Gamst Pedersen, blocked by Luis Boa Morte.
  • 80:04 Short corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the left by-line.
  • 79:02 David Dunn has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the goal.
  • 78:55 David Dunn takes a shot. Scott Parker gets a block in.
  • 77:08 GOAL - Junior StanislasBlackburn 1 - 1 West Ham A goal is scored by Junior Stanislas from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Blackburn 1-1 West Ham.
  • 77:00 Centre by Tal Ben-Haim, Ryan Nelsen manages to make a clearance.
  • 76:48 Kieron Dyer crosses the ball, blocked by Gael Givet.
  • 74:24 The assistant referee flags for offside against Mame Diouf. James Tomkins takes the free kick.
  • 73:45 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Tomkins by Morten Gamst Pedersen. Free kick taken by Tal Ben-Haim.
  • 72:43 Corner taken by Junior Stanislas from the right by-line, Header from deep inside the area by Frederic Piquionne goes over the bar.
  • 70:47 Matthew Upson produces a left-footed shot from close in and hits the post.
  • 70:01 Scott Parker fouled by Morten Gamst Pedersen, the ref awards a free kick. Tal Ben-Haim takes the direct free kick.
  • 69:18 Michel Salgado produces a cross, Header by Benjani Mwaruwari from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
  • 68:06 The ball is crossed by Brett Emerton, clearance made by James Tomkins.
  • 66:47 Substitution Grant Hanley is brought on as a substitute for Phil Jones.
  • 64:39 A cross is delivered by Kieron Dyer, Close range shot by Carlton Cole goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 60:45 Scott Parker fouled by Gael Givet, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Tal Ben-Haim.
  • 60:45 Booking The referee books Gael Givet for unsporting behaviour.
  • 59:57 A cross is delivered by El-Hadji Diouf, James Tomkins manages to make a clearance.
  • 59:35 Mame Diouf fouled by James Tomkins, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
  • 59:22 Junior Stanislas takes a shot. Blocked by Michel Salgado.
  • 58:51 Carlton Cole sends in a cross, clearance by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
  • 58:26 Daniel Gabbidon sends in a cross.
  • 55:53 The referee blows for offside against Kieron Dyer. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
  • 55:53 Substitution Phil Jones replaces Christopher Samba.
  • 55:53 Substitution Carlton Cole joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jonathan Spector.
  • 55:53 Substitution (West Ham) makes a substitution, with Junior Stanislas coming on for Pablo Barrera.
  • 55:22 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tal Ben-Haim by Brett Emerton. James Tomkins takes the free kick.
  • 55:22 Booking Brett Emerton goes into the book.
  • 54:45 Corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the right by-line, Ruud Boffin makes a save.
  • 53:27 The referee blows for offside against Kieron Dyer. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 52:53 Pablo Barrera crosses the ball, clearance by Christopher Samba.
  • 52:39 The ball is crossed by Pablo Barrera, clearance made by Michel Salgado.
  • 50:07 GOAL - Ryan NelsenBlackburn 1 - 0 West Ham Ryan Nelsen finds the back of the net with a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Blackburn 1-0 West Ham.
  • 50:06 Ryan Nelsen takes a shot. Ruud Boffin makes a save.
  • 49:29 Corner from left by-line taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
  • 49:13 The ball is crossed by Mame Diouf, James Tomkins gets a block in.
  • 46:45 Foul by Tal Ben-Haim on El-Hadji Diouf, free kick awarded. The ball is swung over by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Christopher Samba takes a shot.
  • 46:45 Booking Tal Ben-Haim is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
  • 45:12 Pablo Barrera crosses the ball.
  • 45:01 The second half has started.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:04 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
  • 45:00+0:08 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Tal Ben-Haim.
  • 43:46 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Kieron Dyer from the left by-line, clearance made by Christopher Samba.
  • 43:34 Luis Boa Morte takes a shot. Paul Robinson makes a save.
  • 43:04 El-Hadji Diouf produces a cross, clearance by Matthew Upson.
  • 42:55 Morten Gamst Pedersen crosses the ball, Matthew Upson manages to make a clearance.
  • 42:41 The ball is sent over by El-Hadji Diouf, save by Ruud Boffin.
  • 40:42 Frederic Piquionne produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 40:01 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luis Boa Morte by Michel Salgado. Daniel Gabbidon takes the direct free kick.
  • 39:53 Brett Emerton produces a cross, clearance by Daniel Gabbidon.
  • 38:11 Kieron Dyer is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
  • 37:40 The ball is sent over by Luis Boa Morte, Ryan Nelsen makes a clearance.
  • 35:18 Michel Salgado produces a cross, Daniel Gabbidon manages to make a clearance.
  • 34:18 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mame Diouf by James Tomkins. Direct free kick taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
  • 33:38 Benjani Mwaruwari is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Matthew Upson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 32:14 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michel Salgado by Daniel Gabbidon. Strike comes in from Morten Gamst Pedersen from the free kick, Ruud Boffin makes a save.
  • 30:14 Tal Ben-Haim concedes a free kick for a foul on Benjani Mwaruwari. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
  • 30:06 A cross is delivered by Pablo Barrera, clearance by David Dunn.
  • 29:52 Short corner taken by Pablo Barrera from the right by-line.
  • 29:43 The ball is crossed by Pablo Barrera, blocked by Gael Givet.
  • 28:26 Brett Emerton concedes a free kick for a foul on Frederic Piquionne. Pablo Barrera crosses the ball in from the free kick, Paul Robinson makes a comfortable save.
  • 26:45 Luis Boa Morte has an effort at goal from long range that misses to the right of the target.
  • 26:06 The ball is sent over by David Dunn.
  • 24:35 Corner from right by-line taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
  • 24:05 The referee blows for offside. Michel Salgado restarts play with the free kick.
  • 22:06 The referee blows for offside against Kieron Dyer. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 21:27 Christopher Samba challenges James Tomkins unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ruud Boffin takes the free kick.
  • 20:51 Corner from the right by-line taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Matthew Upson makes a clearance.
  • 20:46 The ball is delivered by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Matthew Upson manages to make a clearance.
  • 20:31 Corner taken short by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
  • 20:19 Gael Givet produces a cross, Scott Parker gets a block in.
  • 17:11 Effort from the edge of the area by Jonathan Spector goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 16:32 Morten Gamst Pedersen gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luis Boa Morte. Matthew Upson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 15:01 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tal Ben-Haim by Christopher Samba. James Tomkins takes the direct free kick.
  • 13:29 Shot from deep inside the area by Frederic Piquionne goes over the bar.
  • 12:55 The ball is crossed by El-Hadji Diouf, Matthew Upson makes a clearance.
  • 10:07 A cross is delivered by David Dunn, Effort on goal by Michel Salgado from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 9:37 Substitution Benjani Mwaruwari comes on in place of Jason Roberts.
  • 9:31 Centre by Brett Emerton, clearance made by James Tomkins.
  • 6:02 Pablo Barrera crosses the ball, clearance made by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
  • 4:55 Free kick awarded for a foul by Morten Gamst Pedersen on Luis Boa Morte. Scott Parker restarts play with the free kick.
  • 3:42 Foul by Matthew Upson on Mame Diouf, free kick awarded. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Morten Gamst Pedersen.
  • 3:10 Morten Gamst Pedersen takes the inswinging corner, Luis Boa Morte manages to make a clearance.
  • 2:04 Daniel Gabbidon challenges Mame Diouf unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shot on goal comes in from Morten Gamst Pedersen from the free kick, blocked by Matthew Upson.
  • 0:15 Pablo Barrera is caught offside. Ryan Nelsen takes the indirect free kick.
  • 0:00 The referee gets the game underway.

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18 Dec 2010 23:59 UK


Barclays Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 18 Dec 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 16 20 34
2 Arsenal 17 15 32
3 Man City 17 11 32
4 Chelsea 17 19 31
5 Tottenham 17 3 27
6 Sunderland 18 3 27
7 Bolton 18 5 26
8 Newcastle 17 1 22
9 Liverpool 17 -1 22
10 Blackpool 16 -5 22
11 West Brom 17 -5 22
12 Blackburn 18 -5 22
13 Stoke 17 -1 21
14 Aston Villa 17 -9 20
15 Everton 17 -2 18
16 Birmingham 17 -3 18
17 Fulham 17 -4 16
18 Wigan 17 -15 16
19 Wolves 17 -12 15
20 West Ham 18 -15 13

see also
Jones injury blow for Blackburn
21 Dec 10 |  Blackburn
Players backing Grant - Stanislas
18 Dec 10 |  West Ham
Saturday football as it happened
18 Dec 10 |  Football
Saturday's football photos
18 Dec 10 |  Football


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