Thursday 23 November 2017

Randolph will get some time between posts

Blackburn 1 West Ham 5

Darren Randolph
Darren Randolph

Darren Randolph is still guaranteed some game time as West Ham made it into the last eight of the FA Cup.

The Irish keeper, chosen by manager Slaven Bilic as his keeper for the FA Cup games this season, failed to keep a clean sheet but the Hammers ended up with a comfortable win as Bilic likened playmaker Dimitri Payet to Real Madrid's Luka Modric after his performance.

Rovers, who played the last 35 minutes with 10 men after Chris Taylor's sending-off, took the lead from Ben Marshall's goal, but Victor Moses' first goal since September 19 - courtesy of an error by goalkeeper Jason Steele - and an exquisite Payet free-kick turned things around before the break.

Emmanuel Emenike added two in the second half and, after Cheikhou Kouyate had seen red, Payet fittingly finished things off with a brilliant individual effort.

"I haven't seen better players than that. He is also doing the dirty work and on the ball he is up there with Luka Modric from the players I have trained so far," said Bilic, who coached Modric at international level for Croatia.


"Dimitri is one of the best I have trained and every week I want those questions [about him] to continue, but it is hard to be surprised.

"I have to get some poetry lessons to describe his importance to us."

Bilic did not agree with the red card shown to Kouyate, who sent Blackburn left-back Adam Henley flying just as he was about to burst into the penalty area. He added: "I know the ball went to Randy, our keeper, so it is definitely not a goalscoring opportunity. A foul okay, but not a red card so we are going to appeal and I think we have a strong case."

Blackburn boss Paul Lambert admitted his side were up against it once they had gone down to 10 men.

He said: "In the second half we started well and then Taylor gets the sending-off and that changes the game."

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