Rover Hoilett at home to stay
Blackburn Rovers 0 West Ham United 0
Monday 31 August 2009
Bursting on to the scene with a Carling Cup goal is not where the similarities end between Blackburn's Canadian youngster Junior Hoilett and the England striker Jermain Defoe, according to the Rovers midfielder David Dunn.
While Defoe left West Ham for a 19-goal loan spell with Bournemouth after scoring in a League Cup win over Walsall nine years ago, Blackburn feel Hoilett, 19, has spent enough time away. Hoilett has been with the club since the age of 13 but was forced to spend the last two seasons in Bundesliga 2 before finally being awarded a work permit during the summer.
He came off the bench in the 2-0 defeat to Manchester City and scored in his first start in the 3-1 Carling Cup victory at Gillingham last week and, as a substitute, he finally brought some purpose to Blackburn on Saturday. Although he was stuck out on the right flank, his runs between defenders gave Dunn a target for incisive passes and the Canadian hit the sidenetting and also lobbed over Robert Green, but on to the roof of the net.
"He couldn't get a work permit, he was training every day and we were itching for him to get a game," Dunn said. He went on loan to Germany and he's going to be a good player. He's very similar to Jermain Defoe."
Though Carlton Cole continues to impress, how West Ham could do with Defoe now. Green feels his manager, Gianfranco Zola, has to add another forward before tomorrow's transfer deadline. "Without wanting to put any pressure on anybody, it would be nice to have three strikers," Green said.
Blackburn Rovers (4-5-1): Robinson; Jacobsen, Samba, Givet, Chimbonda; Andrews, Dunn, Grella, Nzonzi (Hoilett, 60), Pedersen; Roberts (Kalinic, 75). Substitutes not used: Brown, Emerton, Khizanishvili, Olsson, Salgado
West Ham United (4-3-3): Green; Faubert, Collins, Upson, Spector; Collison (Kovac, 87), Parker, Noble; Jiminez (Dyer, 67), Cole, Stanislas. Substitutes not used: Kurucz, Gabbidon, Nouble, Tomkins, Hines.
Referee: P Dowd (Staffordshire).
Booked: Blackburn Dunn; West Ham Noble, Parker, Collins.
Man of the match: Dunn.
Latest in Sport
Cristiano Ronaldo buys agent Jorge Mendes a whole Greek island as a wedding present
Premier League 2015/16 preview: Club-by-club guide to the new season
Pedro to Manchester United: Louis van Gaal says £22m winger can turn Manchester United into champions
Can Arsenal win the Premier League? Is Raheem Sterling the answer to Man City's problems? Can anything stop Chelsea?
Pedro to Manchester United latest: Pep Guardiola backs his Barcelona protege to shine at Old Trafford
- 1 Sabrina Corgatelli: US hunting tourist posts picture of herself with dead giraffe after Cecil the lion outrage
- 2 Dutch King Willem-Alexander declares the end of the welfare state
- 3 A-level results 2015: UK exam board OCR admits it 'estimates' hundreds of pupils' grades after papers 'go missing'
- 4 Giant Minion terrorises drivers in Ireland as 40ft inflatable blocks busy Dublin road
- 5 'Cool kids' can go on to become losers in later life, study finds
Is Britain really full up? Are migrants taking our jobs? Leading academic answers the most common anti-immigration claims
Calais Migrant Crisis: Deputy Mayor of Calais labels Cameron's use of 'swarm' as 'racist' and 'ignorant'
Chris Leslie: Jeremy Corbyn's anti-austerity agenda will harm the poor, says Labour shadow Chancellor
Landlords renting properties to illegal immigrants to face up to five years in prison
While we fixate on Calais, the Home Office is quietly deporting dozens of migrants on 'ghost flights'
Calais crisis: The seven claims made about the migrants - and the reality