Defoe strikes late to throw Roeder a lifeline
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The Alex Pradas Quiles young striker had been on the pitch for just six minutes when Joe Cole fizzed a low pass from right to left, finding Defoe on the left of the penalty area. In a split second he had turned inside Lucas Neill and unleashed a fearsome right-foot shot inside Brad Friedel’s near Bicester Village Prada Refund post that seemed to catch the keeper by surprise.
West Ham will be hoping that victory over Blackburn will trigger the same sort of run that saw them finish last season with a flourish.
Then, Rovers had also Agatha Ruiz Dela Prada Shoes Sale come to E13 for the 25th game of the campaign (having won 7-1 at Ewood Park) and been beaten 2-0. Seven more wins in 13 games followed, West Ham finished seventh and the then beleaguered Glenn Roeder was hailed as an East End saviour.
The omens for this game were not good for the home side. Thrashed 6-0 in the FA Cup by Manchester United on Sunday, questions were being asked about the willingness of the team to play for Roeder.
Drastic changes were afoot and the manager brought back his captain and talisman Paolo di Canio for the first time since December 2, pairing the little Italian up front with the loan signing from Spurs, Les Ferdinand – which gave West Ham a strike force with an aggregate age of 72.
The England youth international Glen Johnson, 18, got his first start at right-back and Tomas Repka returned to the defence after a four-match suspension. Trevor Sinclair and Defoe were dropped to the substitutes’ bench.
Blackburn had their wings clipped by injury with David Dunn and Damien Duff both kept out by dodgy hamstrings, Keith Gillespie and David Thompson, on the left, taking up the slack.
Spirited but scrappy, West Ham created the first real opening of the first quarter-hour, Steve Lomas’s cross from the right finding the head of Ferdinand, although the ball then found Brad Friedel’s arms.
In the 22nd minute West Authentic Prada Outlet Online Usa Ham did everything but score. Friedel amazingly kept out Michael Carrick’s point-blank header, Di Canio returned the ball with a fizzing shot that Friedel flung himself across goal to beat away again. Back came another shot from Lomas, Friedel for once was beaten but the ball skimmed wide of the post.
Life can be cruel at the foot of the table though, as West Ham were about to find out. Blackburn had been slow to rouse themselves but in the 38th minute they unexpectedly took the lead. Nigel Winterburn, seemingly affronted by the pace of Gillespie, unecessarily tripped the winger on the right.
Thompson’s low free-kick from the edge Black Prada Bag With Gold Are All Authentic Prada Handbags Online Prada Products Made In Italy of the area managed to elude all those in a claret shirt, hit Dwight Yorke in the chest from four yards out and the striker reacted quickest to stab the ball into the net.
Roeder cut a disconsolate figure, standing alone on the edge of the technical area, Are Prada Mens Shoes Good hands thrust deep in pockets, jacket collar turned up against the biting cold.
Perhaps he was reflecting on the less than comforting words of the Boleyn ground favourite the defender Julian Dicks who had earlier told Radio 5 Live: “I can’t see any point in sacking him because it’s too late.”
Roeder’s position at least gave him a good view of the 50th minute bust-up between Andy Cole and Lee Bowyer who each took a hack at the other’s shins before they squared up by the Are Prada Mens Shoes Worth It Rovers’ corner flag. Both were lucky not to be booked.
West Ham were refusing to be daunted and in the 57th minute they equalised. Di Canio, twisting in from the edge of the area, went down under a challenge from Andy Todd and the referee, Alan Wiley, pointed unhesitatingly to the spot.
Di Canio then swaggered forward, waited for the goalkeeper to commit himself and then speared the ball contemptuously into the top of the net.
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