By Joe Ellis

9th Nov, 2022 | 9:40pm

West Ham United astonish Sky Sports reporter after what happened v Blackburn

West Ham United against Blackburn Rovers saw both sides make 11 changes to their side and it was evident in the disjointedness of the game.

Rovers took the lead through Jack Vale before Pablo Fornals equalised but the Irons could have gone behind again when Dilan Markanday rounded Alphonse Areola but hit his shot straight at the defender on the line.

Sky Sports reporter Bianca Westwood simply could not believe her eyes at what she described as an “unbelievable” passage of play at the London Stadium.

“I can’t believe that they’re not back in front, unbelievable,” Westwood said [Sky Sports News, 9 November, 08:30pm]. “West Ham have given the ball away again, this time it was Conor Coventry.

“It was Markanday who ended up in the box, I thought he was going to score and I thought Areola was holding him back at one point.

“I can’t believe Markanday didn’t bury the ball into the back of the net but West Ham did enough to prevent it but somehow it remains 1-1.

“West Ham are living very dangerously and they’re very fortunate not to go behind, again.”

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It was very obvious that David Moyes had made 11 changes to the starting lineup because the entire side seemed out of sync with each other compared to Blackburn.

Jon Dahl Tomasson’s players just seemed far more up for the fight than the Irons did and this incident could have been the one that sunk the Hammers.

He didn’t even play his big guns from the start with their promotion push in the Championship of the highest priority right now and this game is something of a distraction.

Ben Brereton Diaz did eventually come on in the second half as their confidence grew but West Ham should have put the game to bed early on given the difference in quality.

Ability eventually shone through but it took far longer than Moyes would have liked for his side to flex their considerable muscles and even then they let their foot off the gas and allowed them back into the game.