Blackburn Preview & Open Thread

We have had a good record against Blackburn in recent seasons. And of course last year Freddie Sears scored against them. I suspect he won’t be in the starting eleven this afternoon, but a repeat performance from him would be very welcome, and some would say long overdue.

The good news is that Kieron Dyer is likely to play some part, as he now recovered from his latest injury setback. Diego Tristan is also likely to play, I’d say. Blackburn are a very big, physical side and I’m not sure a front two of Di Michele and Sears would work. Indeed, it may be that Zola opts for a 4-5-1 formation as Cole is still suspended.

In midfield, both Stanislas and Savio are said to have minor knocks. Personally, I’d like to see more of Stanislas but recognise it is very unfair to drop Savio after one start. But if he is likely to break down injured, then best not to start at all.

In defence I have no idea if Matty Upson is likely to have recovered or not. If not, as I suspect is the case, Lucas Neill will deputise in the centre, with Jonathan Spector continuing at right back.

This is very much a second string eleven, but Blackburn are in a bad place at the moment and there is certainly the potential to get something from this game. We need to keep a gap between us and Fulham, Man City and Wigan, so three points this afternoon would do very nicely. This would be the team I would pick…

Di Michele


49 Responses to Blackburn Preview & Open Thread

  1. Dujon says:

    If Savio is fit then i would place him over DiMichele (if you want Tristan’s size). If things aren’t going our way then Savio’s pace could be handy; if not i wouldnt put it past him to make a spectacular run past the defence.

  2. Dujon says:

    sorry i should have added, 1-0 Westham

  3. chris says:

    neil kovac tomkins ilunga
    LBM parker noble stansilas
    Di michele Savio

    Tristan no way!!
    Or Spector only at right back with maybe neil centre and kovac instead of Noble.

  4. chris says:

    well done you guys going today,cant make this one.
    Sorry guys cant see where a goals gunna come from, best we can hope for is a 0 0 draw.
    My hearts telling me 2 1 west ham.
    My head tells me we will take a big slap today.
    Will Dyer actually play!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Gav Hammer says:

    WEST HAM: Green, Neill (c), Ilunga, Parker, Boa Morte, Kovac, Noble, Spector, Tristan, Tomkins, Di Michele.

    Subs: Lastuvka (GK), Lopez, Dyer, Sears, Payne, N’Gala, Stanislas.

  6. chris says:

    Tristan oh dear!
    Noble right midfield(probably) dont agree

  7. djclipz says:

    anyone kno a stream? i see iraqgoals is down

  8. brooking still the best says:

    Has anyone got a link to a live feed?

  9. lotf says:

    already seen much better football from us in 10 minutes than i did in the entire west brom game.

  10. HammersWest says:

    lucas mopping up everything

  11. HammersWest says:

    are blackburn down to 10?

  12. Tony says:

    Keep the faith fellow Hammers. We must and can beat a rather poor Blackburn. 1 or 2 nil. COYI

  13. djclipz says:

    NOBLE. quality goal! he’s back!!

  14. CC says:

    what a finish, great goal…

  15. lotf says:

    great finish after running the entire length of the pitch! boa just offside though, hope we score a couple more because i can already hear fat sam having a good old moan.

  16. CC says:

    hope I don’t speak too soon… but… Blackburn look poor…

  17. Bobby says:

    Great goal so i heard.
    Who scored it though, it weren’t tristan was it?

  18. HammersWest says:

    my stream went down before the goal 😦

  19. CC says:

    Noble scored, outside of his right foot across Robinson and in off the far post.

    Good move, great goal… Tristan assist.

  20. Bobby says:

    Oh right nice, where you watching it CC?

  21. Kim says:

    Phew – well done so far. And Mr Zamora has scored for Fulham against Man U. So far so good

  22. CC says:

    from the TV2free link from above… tuned in after 20 mins and picture has been perfect since…

  23. Tevezgate says:

    Match is online here:

    COYI πŸ˜€

  24. HammersWest says:

    Good day for Nobes so far, 100th game and a goal!

  25. Bobby says:

    Nice on, cheers fellas!
    COYI πŸ˜€

  26. Bobby says:

    is the timing right on it? like in line with SSN?

  27. HammersWest says:

    timing was 5 minutes behind here

  28. CC says:

    Blackburn defence looked shaky, if we keep them scoreless for another 20 mins, we’ll nick a second on the break…

  29. CC says:

    thats the end of the scorelss plan anyway… b@stards..

  30. HammersWest says:

    this is getting ugly

  31. HammersWest says:

    Can’t believe I’m saying this, but Lucas my MOM so far

  32. Tony says:

    KEEP THE FAITH…………….

  33. CC says:

    midfield has gone awol.. we need to get hold of the ball…

  34. Kim says:

    This is bad. First half we were ok but now….

  35. HammersWest says:

    subs for fresh feet, now please we look battered

  36. Tony says:

    Poor second half, but i BELIVE.

  37. HammersWest says:

    COYI we can do this

  38. CC says:

    boys must have done some work on last ditch defending during the week .. its like 12 against 11 at times…

  39. HammersWest says:

    DDm off if he’s still on the pitch bring on Stanislas ?

  40. CC says:

    Lopez on for LBM… he looks wrecked (LBM that is ..)

  41. Tony says:

    Blackburn r now playing very well.

  42. HammersWest says:

    LBM worked hard though

  43. CC says:

    dyer coming on now… hope he’ll last the remaining 12 minutes…

  44. Luther Blissett says:

    Dyer is saving us right now.

  45. Daveip1966 says:

    Have to say I’m happy with a point. Only saw the very short highlights (first time in weeks we haven’t been live here in weeks, if not a couple of months), but Nobe’s gaol looked pretty good.

    I was there at Ewood for the 7-1 shellacking we got a few years ago (a truly horrible weekend, and way too expensive to boot, but that’s another story), so I wasn’t expecting much.

    How does Fulham’s win over the mancs affect the standings?

  46. Kim says:

    It was very exciting to see Dyer back. He could really add something to the team. He seemed to be confident of his fitness this time. The little cameos he played in at the beginning of the year were very hesitant. Think it is onwards and upwards now. Cole back for Sunderland.

  47. Kim says:

    Big apologies for my earlier post. I was watching a thread and saw on the tv that they said Zamora…. then goal. I didn’t realise that there had been handball and then penalty. Bobby didn’t score but still pleased that Fulham won and that the race for the top has been opened up. Even more pleased that Portsmouth beat Everton. A very interesting run in to the end of the season.

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