Sunday, 18 March 2007

Blackburn Rovers 1 West Ham United 2

Tevez Shows Stomach For A Battle by Ian Whittell
Carlos Tevez may yet cost West Ham points as a result of an imminent Premier League disciplinary hearing following the controversial manner of his transfer to the club last August, but last night he was instrumental in his team earning three priceless, and highly dubious, points as Alan Curbishley's side recorded their first away victory of the season, to double the three points previously earned in draws... The Observer
Zamora Sparks Storm And Gives Hammers Hope by Brian Doogan
Bobby Zamora's controversial winning goal may be enough to instil some renewed belief in West Ham that they can still stave off relegation, but the goal should not have stood and Blackburn manager Mark Hughes was left fuming at the finish... Sunday Times
Tevez Plays The Villain To Give West Ham Hope by Les Ward
Carlos Tevez flashed a guilty grin to Blackburn midfielder David Dunn as he stepped up to score a contentious penalty to level the scores on 72 minutes. Heaven knows how he felt four minutes later following the part he played in an even more controversial 'goal' that sealed West Ham's priceless first Premiership away victory of the season... Sunday Telegraph
Hughes In A Huff As Zamora Rides Luck by Jon Culley
West Ham might still need a miracle to survive in the Premiership, even after winning only their second match under Alan Curbishley. But if they do go down, it promises to be via a route filled with drama... Independent On Sunday
Zamora's Controversial Winner Puts End To Samba Dancing by Mark Ryan
A lifeline on the goal line? "Devine" intervention? Call it what you will. But Alan Curbishley’s struggling team were handed hope in the most controversial fashion yesterday and West Ham’s manager seems to sense that mission impossible is no longer beyond him... Mail On Sunday
Curbishley Hails Rough Justice by John Ashdown
A penalty that was probably not and a goal that was definitely not could not mask West Ham's pleasure on Saturday at three points that should not have been. Alan Curbishley claimed his side's good fortune in victory went some way to restoring football's karmic alignment... The Guardian
Wayward Webb Fuels Debate by Ian Whittell
Exhibit A - not to mention exhibits B through to D — in the argument for video replays were in plain view for all at Ewood Park, although, given the almost incomprehensibly inept displays of Howard Webb, the referee, and Jim Devine, his assistant, on Saturday, it is doubtful whether the officials would have got it right even with the aid of technology... The Times
Hughes Blows A Fuse On Divine Intervention by Jon Culley
The temptation to rail against match officials is never easy to resist, as Mark Hughes discovered when every microphone and tape recorder at Ewood Park on Saturday evening invited him to vent his fury over the blunder that handed victory to West Ham and potentially blighted Blackburn's hopes of playing in Europe next season... The Independent
Tangled Webb Keeps West Ham Hopes Alive by Mark Ogden
Howard Webb has justifiably earned a reputation as the man most likely to replace Graham Poll as England's top referee, but the south Yorkshire official's career path will hit a brick wall if his assistants leave him exposed to the blind fury he was subjected to from players, managers and supporters after West Ham's inexplicable victory at Ewood Park... The Telegraph

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