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Tuesday 17 March Updated Tuesday 17 March 00:00
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On this day - 17 March

Classic match

Blackburn Rovers 1-2 West Ham United
Premier League
17 March 2007

Alan Curbishley's Hammers headed to Ewood Park some ten points from safety, with only nine games to save their top-flight skin.

The afternoon started badly for the visitors, as Christopher Samba powered a header past Robert Green to see Rovers ahead at the break. Two goals, however, in the space of four second-half minutes would give lift-off to the 'Greatest Escape.'

With 71 on the clock, Howard Webb pointed to the spot, as Brett Emerton tripped the fleet-footed Carlos Tevez. The Argentinian got back to his feet to send Brad Friedel the wrong way and hand the Hammers a lifeline.

If the penalty award irked Blackburn, the winner left them positively seething. Bobby Zamora's shot struck the boot of Carlos Tevez, stood on the goal line at the time. Tevez wheeled away in celebration, before linesman Jim Devine awarded the goal. David Bentley was sent off late on, as the Hammers held on for three precious points.

It was to be the first of seven wins in their last nine league fixtures, as Curbishley's men clambered clear of relegation, thanks in part to a 1-0 win at Old Trafford on the final day.

Complete record - 17 March

1923 Hull City 1-1 West Ham United (Division Two)
1928 West Ham United 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur (Division One)
1934 West Ham United 3-1 Bury (Division Two)
1951 West Ham United 2-0 Chesterfield (Division Two)
1956 Blackburn Rovers 4-1 West Ham United (Division Two)
1962 Sheffield Wednesday 0-0 West Ham United (Division One)
1973 West Ham United 2-1 Manchester City (Division One)
1979 Preston North End 0-0 West Ham United (Division Two)
1984 Leicester City 4-1 West Ham United (Division One)
1990 Leeds United 3-2 West Ham United (Division Two)
1998 West Ham United 1-1 Arsenal (FA Cup)
2001 Ipswich Town 0-1 West Ham United (Premier League)
2004 West Ham United 4-2 Crewe Alexandra (Championship)
2007 Blackburn Rovers 1-2 West Ham United (Premier League)
2012 Leeds United 1-1 West Ham United (Championship)
2013 Chelsea 2-0 West Ham United (Premier League)

Played 16, Won 5, Drawn 6, Lost 5, Scored 21, Conceded 23

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