The Hammers Hoodoo has officially ended. Ok, it was only a point but for too many years, I have ventured down the District Line to the Boleyn Ground only to witness a West Ham revival take place just at the wrong time. It is uncanny that we always seem to play the bubble blowing brigade at a cross road in their history. This has taken the form of new owners or a new manager being able to get the best out of his team and crowd. But yesterday there would have been more atmosphere on the moon.
The arrival of the 'Double David's' did nothing to wake the masses or the team. Indeed Rovers should look upon this as 2 points dropped. West Ham were very poor and predictably it took Rovers 70 minutes to realise that they should be winning comfortably. Up until that point we took part in a game of head tennis and relied on Kalinic to fight a lost cause up front while he relied upon support from the midfield which did not materalise. Then enter Mr Keith Andrews!
Incredibly, the much maligned midfielder's introduction changed the course and tempo of the match. There was a new found urgency and chances came and went for Olson and Roberts who did what he does best by creating something out of nothing only to miss the obligatory 1-on-1. But a point away from from home is about as rare as a Pedersen long throw leading to a goal so it should be welcome with open arms.
A footnote to yesterday's game and I would like any experienced steward to let me know why it is that there is such a rush to make sure a rather jovial and passive away following sits down. This is in complete contrast to the home support who only yards away can do what they like. Consistancy?
The pantomine that is the transfer window closes shut tommorow. Benni has left the building and appears to have done himself no favours. It is sad because on his day over the years, he was Rovers only true match winner. Indeed up until a couple of weeks ago, the Blackburn End sided with the temperamental striker rather than Sam.It's funny how things change.
If as appears likely, Jason Roberts has missed his last goal scoring opportunity for the club, then it is imperative that a partner is found for Kalinic. Beattie and Benjani have both been mentioned and I would support support a return for the ex-Rovers striker. Roberts has given his all every time he has put on a blue and white shirt and I wish him luck with Wolves appearing to be his next destination.
Suddenly, the daffodils are getting ready to spring into life and with Rovers at the dizzy spot of number 10 in the hit parade, the months ahead look more optimistic. It just shows that with a little invention and more positive game plan, most teams are there for the taking in this league.
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