Poetically Impressive West Ham Hammer Blackburn
Posted by James Jones | Published on February 23, 2016
A triumphant victory for Slaven Bilic seeing his West Ham side breeze past Championship Blackburn Rovers 5-1 at Ewood Park in the 5th round of The Emirates F.A Cup on Sunday afternoon. It was Blackburn who managed to take the lead early on in the 20th minute via Ben Marshall finding the net when he gained possession just outside the West Ham box before drilling it right into the bottom corner past Darren Randolph.
Being 1-0 down didn’t phase West Ham who continued to play free flowing football just the same as before they conceded the opening goal, Blackburn only managed to hold onto the 1-0 lead for 6 minutes before Victor Moses won possession from the centre of the pitch, dribbling his way towards the box unchallenged before smashing in the equaliser past Blackburn’s Jason Steele who could have done better according to Rovers boss Paul Lambert.
10 minutes later Dimitri Payet was brought down by Chris Taylor outside the box earning himself a yellow card and handing Dimitri Payet a goal on a plate when he found the top corner from the resulting freekick with style. Going into half time with a 2-1 lead, enjoying 65% possession over the hosts and creating the better chances it was far from over as anything can happen in the cup as we all know, one little piece of magic or misfortune can cause a major upset to any team.
Second half starts and having started the slightly better team, 10 minutes into the second period Chris Taylor finds himself getting another yellow card and heading for the changing room for a trip on Victor Moses who he couldn’t match for pace. West Ham created numerous chances to improve the scoreline along with seeing Cheikhou Kouyate’s goal ruled offside, which in fairness was a close call. It took Slaven Bilic’s men 9 minutes to make the most of having the extra man when Jason Steele saved a one-on-one involving Michail Antonio, the ball found it’s way to Cheikhou Kouyate with only the goal keeper to beat but unselfishly played it across the goal to the far post to find Emmanuel Emenike to bag himself his first goal in Claret and Blue with a tap in from 2 yards.
Approaching the final quarter of the game it seemed to only be a matter of by how many rather than who would win this F.A Cup tie. The home side had a small glimmer of hope when the referee deemed Cheikhou Kouyate to have tripped Adam Henley as he was breaking into the box, producing the second Red card of the afternoon to the Senegal international and awarding a free kick. Replays show it was clearly outside the box and in fact Henleys back leg took out his leading foot, with a very poor first touch that was nearer to the goal keeper than himself, it wasn’t a clear goal scoring opportunity. It’s now been confirmed by the club that the Red Card and 2 match ban has been lifted following a successful appeal. Despite being back on level playing terms in regards to team numbers, the free kick failed to beat the West Ham wall and that was virtually Blackburn’s afternoon over with.
Even going down to 10 men themselves, West Ham showed their class and reminded everyone watching who were the Premier League club by going onto scoring another goal when the star of the show Dimitri Payet whipped a ball over to Emmanuel Emenike who kept finding himself in space throughout the afternoon, this time keeping his composure, throwing in a couple of step-overs before rounding the ball around Jason Steele to make it 4-1 to the hammers with his second on the day in his first start. Emenike came close to securing his hat-trick minutes later when he looked to have scored a powerful shot to the right-hand side after beating his man only for it to rocket off the post. Again the ball found it’s way to Emenike before the full-time whistle, this time a yard or two offside even after finding the net Emmanuel knew himself judging by his grin and was rightfully ruled offside.
It wasn’t over there, Dimitri Payet who keeps on proving his worth after signing his new five and a half year deal with the East London outfit only 6 months into his previous contract. Dimitri gained possession on the halfway line and with a skillful flick around his man, dribbled his way to the Blackburn box side stepping the defence before unleashing his shot that found the back of the net in the additional time to make it 5-1.
Following the away win in which 7,200 West Ham fans sold out an entire stand, Manager Slaven Bilic praised the team along with the loud, energetic fans on making it a memorable day for the club. Talking on Payet’s masterclass he went on to say
“I want the questions about Dimitri Payet to continue as it means he is doing well but I am running out of things to say about him!”
“It is hard to describe so I think I will need to get some poetry lessons to describe his importantsto us. It is great as it not me who says to the players ‘this is Payet – just give him the ball’, everyone recognises how good he is. They like it as he is also doing the dirty work as well.”
Club captain Mark Noble told BT Sport after the game when questioned about how good Dimitr Payet is in training “Rubbish” he replied before moving on to praise new loan signing Emmanuel Emenike the Nigerian International.
“Payet’s a top player and a top pro and he’s been there and scored goals, But Emi coming in for his first start for us, to get a couple of goals in the FA Cup is fantastic for him.
“He has waited a long time to get this move to the Premier League, So for him to come in and score two goals, I’m really over the moon for him.”
West Ham will face Manchester United at Old Trafford in the quarter-finals of the Emirates F.A Cup. Next up though is Sunderland at homewhen former manager Sam Allardyce returns to Upton Park for the first time since his contract wasn’t renewed last summer. Let’s hope we can start the game how we finished against Blackburn and secure those 3 points!