West Ham 2 Blackburn Rovers 1
Teddy Shearingham showed why intelligence and experience over skill is infinitely preferable as he headed a cross by Benayoun past Brad Friedel. It also says very poorly of the two stars Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano that their impact has been negligible in West Ham's 10 match drought.
Shearingham who by any standards should have called it a day has replaced Tevez with a positive effect on West Ham's game. Today's game showed that the veteran has a few tricks up his sleeve still left as West Ham beat Blackburn, 2-1 and gave Alan Pardew some breathing space.
Meanwhile it is deja vu for Tevez who was brought in by Corinthians to preserve their lock on the Brazilian League and faced the same problem as Corinthians lurched from one loss to another. By the time he left for West Ham, Corinthians were dead last in the league table. And now West Ham faces the same situation with Tevez.
The Brazilian media are having a field day, chortling that a 40 year old player, twice the age of Tevez is showing him how to play football. Not much love lost between the Brazilians and the pair of Argentinians, who they consider as turncoats for dumping Corinthians and running off with the shady duo of Boris Berezovsky and Kia Joorbachian, who offered them up as down payment for control over West Ham.
Globo Esporte calls it the Curse of Tevez (A maldição de Tevez), Astral Hell when Javier Mascherano got bitten by Jermaine Defoe. Other magazines document the number of minutes that West Ham went without a goal with Tevez in the team calling it a joke. Now, they are rubbing their hands in glee as Kia Joorbachian contemplates bringing in Carlos Alberto, also of Corinthians to West Ham during the January transfer.