Premier League: Blackburn 1-1 West Ham

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Keith Andrews, one of the few legacies of the short and disastrous Paul Ince reign at Ewood Park last year, brought Blackburn a precious point in their bid to cling onto their Premiership status.Andrews, a controversial £1.3 million signing by ex-manager Ince from their former club MK Dons, struck a magnificent equaliser five minutes into the second half.The goal came from a long throw-in by Morten Gamst Pedersen which defender Herita Ilunga, at full-stretch, could only direct into the path of the Republic of Ireland international who drove in the ball from a wide angle.Andrews had only been on the field since the half-time interval, having replaced Andre Ooijer at right-back following a disappointing display from the home team in the opening period.Rovers had started brightly, an impressive enough response to the news from Fratton Park that Portsmouth had leap-frogged above them at the bottom of the Premier League standings.In the seventh minute, Benni McCarthy stole the ball off the boot of El Hadji Diouf and cleared the cross-bar, horribly, from six yards before Pedersen sparked panic in the West Ham defence, his cross starting a period of pin-ball in the Hammers area which ended with Jonathan Spector blocking his shot.But the visitors looked dangerous on the counter-attack. Mark Noble's pass found David Di Michele whose curling shot was smothered by Paul Robinson and the Blackburn keeper rode his luck after 24 minutes when he dropped Noble's right-wing cross and watched, relieved, as two defenders hacked the ball away from the lurking Diego Tristan.Finally, in the 34th minute, the Hammers snatched the lead. Noble started and finished the attack, his pass allowing Luis Boa Morte and Tristan to flick the ball between each other before their team mate arrived and delivered a superb shot into the far corner with the outside of his boot.As they had in the first half, Blackburn opened the second with gusto, James Tomkins quickly blocking a goal-bound effort from Jason Roberts.Pedersen threatened with a couple of shots and Diouf, for the second time on the day, had the ball in the Hammers goal only to have the effort ruled out for offside.Andrews' equaliser came in the midst of that period and merely underlined Rovers' dominance. Sadly, for them however, despite Roberts and McCarthy both having decent chances blocked, Blackburn could not find the goal again.Premier LeagueBlackburn RoversWest Ham Unitedguardian.co.uk © Guardian News & Media Limited 2009 | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds
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