Stanislas makes point for Hammers
Junior Stanislas earned West Ham a priceless point with a 78th-minute equaliser at Ewood Park that gave Blackburn caretaker manager Steve Kean a 1-1 draw in his first game in charge.
With West Ham boss Avram Grant enduring another week of speculation about his future, it was an important match for both men, and, after a woeful first half, it was Blackburn who made the breakthrough in the 51st minute thanks to the scrappiest of goals from Ryan Nelsen.
Defeat would certainly have been harsh on the visitors, who were easily the more creative side, and they got their rewards when Stanislas fired an unstoppable shot into the far corner shortly after Matthew Upson had hit a post.
The first decent opening did not arrive until the 41st minute as Luis Boa Morte played in Frederic Piquionne on the left of the area but the striker fired his effort towards the near post and into the side-netting.
Half-time came at the right time for Rovers, who had a new energy about them in the second half and soon gained the lead as Nelsen poked home with his thigh after a scramble.
Blackburn and referee Mike Dean earned the wrath of the West Ham fans when they failed to put the ball out after Matthew Upson went down clutching his face, and in the 71st minute the Hammers defender almost took revenge in the best possible way.
This time it was the Rovers defence that did not deal with a cross but Upson curled his shot against the outside of a post. The Hammers created another decent opening moments later, Piquionne heading Stanislas' corner over the bar.
They certainly deserved an equaliser, and 12 minutes from time they got one.
Scott Parker drove into the box and Givet could only divert the ball into the path of Stanislas, who smashed his shot into the far right corner.