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  • Date:02 Feb 2011
  • Kick-off:20:00
  • Venue:Bloomfield Road
  • Attendance:15,095
  • Adam (41)
  • Obinna (23) Keane (36)
    Obinna (43)
Goal!

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93mins

Marlon Harewood takes a shot. Robert Green makes a save.

92mins

Neal Eardley sends in a cross, Winston Reid manages to make a clearance.

91mins

Short corner taken by Mark Noble.

91mins

Mark Noble decides to take a short corner.

90mins

Short corner worked by Mark Noble.

90mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Frederic Piquionne by Charlie Adam. Direct free kick taken by Scott Parker.

89mins

Centre by Neal Eardley, blocked by Luis Boa Morte.

89mins

The ball is swung over by Dudley Campbell.

89mins

Charlie Adam fouled by Gary O'Neil, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Richard Kingson.

88mins

Charlie Adam delivers the ball, Wayne Bridge manages to make a clearance.

88mins

The ball is sent over by Alex Baptiste.

87mins

The ball is crossed by Charlie Adam, Lars Jacobsen makes a clearance.

87mins

Charlie Adam takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post.

87mins

The ball is crossed by Neal Eardley, clearance by Winston Reid.

86mins

The ball is swung over by Marlon Harewood.

84mins

(West Ham) makes a substitution, with Radoslav Kovac coming on for Robbie Keane.

83mins

Luis Boa Morte comes on in place of Victor Obinna.

83mins

Corner from right by-line taken by Charlie Adam.

82mins

David Vaughan takes a shot. Blocked by Winston Reid.

82mins

Neal Eardley sends in a cross, Lars Jacobsen manages to make a clearance.

81mins

The ball is delivered by David Vaughan.

81mins

Neal Eardley sends in a cross, clearance made by Lars Jacobsen.

81mins

The ball is crossed by Neal Eardley, Lars Jacobsen makes a clearance.

79mins

Charlie Adam produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses right.

78mins

The ball is sent over by Neal Eardley, save by Robert Green.

77mins

Neal Eardley fouled by Victor Obinna, the ref awards a free kick. Richard Kingson takes the direct free kick.

77mins

Corner taken short by Mark Noble.

76mins

Robbie Keane takes a shot. Save by Richard Kingson.

76mins

David Vaughan challenges Scott Parker unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mark Noble takes the free kick.

75mins

Scott Parker fouled by Charlie Adam, the ref awards a free kick. Wayne Bridge takes the free kick.

75mins

Effort from close range by Victor Obinna goes wide left of the target.

74mins

Charlie Adam takes a shot. Mark Noble gets a block in.

73mins

The ball is sent over by Marlon Harewood, save by Robert Green.

73mins

Robbie Keane is caught offside. Free kick taken by Richard Kingson.

71mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by David Vaughan on Scott Parker. Wayne Bridge restarts play with the free kick.

70mins

Marlon Harewood delivers the ball.

69mins

Charlie Adam takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Frederic Piquionne.

67mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by James Tomkins on James Beattie. Neal Eardley fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick,

66mins

Neal Eardley sends in a cross, clearance by Winston Reid.

65mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Parker on James Beattie. James Beattie takes the free kick.

64mins

Foul by Gary O'Neil on David Carney, free kick awarded. Charlie Adam delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, Frederic Piquionne makes a clearance.

62mins

James Beattie takes a shot. James Tomkins makes a clearance.

61mins

Handball decision goes against Robbie Keane. Richard Kingson takes the direct free kick.

61mins

James Beattie comes on in place of Luke Varney.

60mins

Marlon Harewood joins the action as a substitute, replacing Andy Reid.

59mins

The referee shows Scott Parker a yellow card. Andy Reid gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mark Noble. Direct free kick taken by Robert Green.

56mins

Foul by Scott Parker on David Vaughan, free kick awarded. Richard Kingson takes the direct free kick.

54mins

Charlie Adam challenges Victor Obinna unfairly and gives away a free kick. Robert Green takes the direct free kick.

51mins

Gary O'Neil crosses the ball.

51mins

The ball is swung over by Robbie Keane.

49mins

Corner taken left-footed by Charlie Adam from the right by-line, Header from deep inside the area by Alex Baptiste goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

49mins

Andy Reid takes a shot. Scott Parker gets a block in.

49mins

The ball is sent over by Neal Eardley.

48mins

David Vaughan takes a shot. Robert Green makes a save.

48mins

Corner taken left-footed by Charlie Adam from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Frederic Piquionne.

47mins

Foul by Winston Reid on Luke Varney, free kick awarded. Luke Varney restarts play with the free kick.

47mins

Gary O'Neil concedes a free kick for a foul on Charlie Adam. Free kick taken by Richard Kingson.

46mins

The referee blows for offside against Luke Varney. Robert Green takes the indirect free kick.

46mins

Outswinging corner taken by Andy Reid.

46mins

Lars Jacobsen gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dudley Campbell. Free kick crossed by Charlie Adam.

46mins

Ian Evatt comes on in place of Craig Cathcart.

44mins

Victor Obinna finds the back of the net with a goal from outside the area to the top left corner of the goal. Blackpool 1-3 West Ham.Assist by Scott Parker.

42mins

Charlie Adam scores a goal from just outside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Blackpool 1-2 West Ham.Corner from right by-line crossed in by Charlie Adam,

41mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Parker on Charlie Adam. Charlie Adam produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, Scott Parker manages to make a clearance.

37mins

Robbie Keane scores a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Blackpool 0-2 West Ham.Assist by Victor Obinna.

37mins

Victor Obinna takes a shot. Richard Kingson makes a save. Victor Obinna takes a shot. Save by Richard Kingson.

37mins

Foul by Craig Cathcart on Scott Parker, free kick awarded. Mark Noble takes the direct free kick.

36mins

Gary O'Neil crosses the ball, save made by Richard Kingson.

35mins

Outswinging corner taken by Andy Reid, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Alex Baptiste goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

35mins

The ball is sent over by Andy Reid, save by Robert Green.

35mins

Andy Reid delivers the ball, James Tomkins makes a clearance.

34mins

Luke Varney challenges Gary O'Neil unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Wayne Bridge, clearance made by David Carney.

33mins

Daniel Gabbidon leaves the field to be replaced by Winston Reid.

32mins

The ball is crossed by Andy Reid.

32mins

A cross is delivered by Charlie Adam, blocked by Mark Noble.

31mins

Charlie Adam takes a short corner.

31mins

Luke Varney crosses the ball, clearance made by Wayne Bridge.

29mins

A cross is delivered by Wayne Bridge, save made by Richard Kingson.

27mins

Gary Taylor-Fletcher sends in a cross, clearance by Frederic Piquionne.

27mins

Handball decision goes against Gary O'Neil. Charlie Adam restarts play with the free kick.

26mins

James Tomkins gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Charlie Adam. David Carney takes the free kick.

25mins

The ball is sent over by Gary O'Neil, clearance made by Alex Baptiste.

25mins

Unfair challenge on Victor Obinna by Neal Eardley results in a free kick. Wayne Bridge takes the direct free kick.

24mins

Goal scored by Victor Obinna from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Blackpool 0-1 West Ham.Assist by Wayne Bridge.

23mins

Corner taken by Wayne Bridge from the right by-line.

23mins

Corner taken right-footed by Mark Noble from the left by-line to the near post, Luke Varney makes a clearance.

22mins

Wayne Bridge sends in a cross, blocked by Craig Cathcart.

22mins

Scott Parker has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

21mins

Mark Noble takes a shot. Alex Baptiste gets a block in.

20mins

Mark Noble gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dudley Campbell. Free kick taken by Richard Kingson.

19mins

Centre by Mark Noble, Charlie Adam makes a clearance.

18mins

Mark Noble decides to take a short corner.

17mins

Dudley Campbell is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by James Tomkins.

17mins

Scott Parker takes a shot. Blocked by David Vaughan.

16mins

Victor Obinna crosses the ball, clearance by Alex Baptiste.

16mins

David Carney is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. James Tomkins restarts play with the free kick.

15mins

Andy Reid sends in a cross.

14mins

Robbie Keane is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Richard Kingson.

12mins

Centre by Lars Jacobsen, David Vaughan manages to make a clearance.

11mins

A cross is delivered by Wayne Bridge, Alex Baptiste makes a clearance.

11mins

The ball is crossed by Victor Obinna.

11mins

Victor Obinna produces a cross, save made by Richard Kingson.

10mins

Andy Reid produces a cross.

9mins

Centre by Neal Eardley, save made by Robert Green.

8mins

Andy Reid sends in a cross, clearance by James Tomkins.

5mins

A cross is delivered by Charlie Adam, Daniel Gabbidon manages to make a clearance.

5mins

Andy Reid has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

5mins

The ball is sent over by Charlie Adam, clearance by Daniel Gabbidon.

4mins

Gary O'Neil takes a shot. Save made by Richard Kingson.

4mins

Victor Obinna takes a shot. Save by Richard Kingson.

3mins

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Robert Green.

3mins

Gary Taylor-Fletcher takes a shot. Blocked by Wayne Bridge.

1mins

Corner taken by Andy Reid from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by James Tomkins.

1mins

The ball is delivered by Andy Reid, blocked by Mark Noble.

Match Preview

Blackpool captain Charlie Adam will lead the side out at home to West Ham after failing to secure a move in the January transfer window.

Manager Ian Holloway strengthened his squad by bringing in four players on deadline day and must decide which, if any, to involve against the Hammers. That quartet are strikers James Beattie and Sergei Kornilenko plus midfielders Andy Reid and Jason Puncheon.

Holloway will hope to have left-back Stephen Crainey in contention again after he missed last week's home defeat by Manchester United with an ankle injury.

Holloway expects Adam to be as committed and professional as ever but the Seasiders' boss has warned all his squad they will be dropped in an instant if he senses any of them lacking motivation. Adam handed in a transfer request last week after learning of Liverpool's interest, but the Reds had three bids turned down and even a cheeky offer from Tottenham failed at the last minute.

Holloway insists he does not have an issue with the 25-year-old wanting to move to a bigger club - and has pledged to do everything to make it happen - but he did not want him to leave midway through the Seasiders' first season in the top flight for four decades.

"Charlie's been fantastic for us and he can feel however he feels, but he is still professional," Holloway said.

"He has to deal with the fact he has at least another 15 games to get us at least another four wins and then wait and see what happens in the summer. I would love him to go to a club he wants to when the time is right. I have no doubts he will get where he wants to be eventually, but I didn't understand the timing or his impatience.

"I believe he is getting better all the time and without a shadow of a doubt in the summer it will be impossible to hang onto him. But for now everything can go back to being about the football because we've an awful lot of work to do, we've got to improve.

"I'll have to see how people are (ahead of West Ham's visit), whether they are motivated or not. But I strongly recommend to anyone who pulls on a Blackpool shirt that they better remember that or I won't pick them."

New signings Robbie Keane, Demba Ba and Gary O'Neil are all in contention to make their West Ham debuts. Victor Obinna is likely to retain his place after netting a hat-trick in the FA Cup win over Nottingham Forest after his return from suspension, meaning Carlton Cole could have to be content with a place on the bench. Manuel Da Costa (ankle) and Thomas Hitzlsperger (thigh) remain sidelined.

Keane maintains he has "nothing to lose" as the Republic of Ireland striker looks to fire West Ham out of the relegation zone. The Hammers are Keane's eighth club since he made the breakthrough at Wolves, and last season he spent a loan spell in Scotland with Celtic.
The much-travelled frontman, though, is confident he can have an impact for his latest employers.

"It is something I am fairly used to now, coming to a new club," Keane said.

"It is an opportunity for me, and I don't really have anything to lose. West Ham are bottom, all we can do is push up the table and I am here to hopefully do that to avoid relegation."

Manager Avram Grant believes Keane is just the character the Hammers need in their fight against relegation.

"I can only be myself, if other people can see me bringing something else to the dressing room, well great," the striker said.

"I am here to help the team, if that is off the pitch also with the character I am, then that is great. The spirit is fine here, there are good lads and top quality players."

Grant, meanwhile, is a big fan of what Blackpool have achieved on their Premier League debut.

"For me, they are the team of the season and Ian Holloway is the manager of the season," the Irons boss said. They did miracles because everyone said they would quickly be on their way to the Championship again, and also I like how they play football."

Formation:433Manager: Ian Holloway

Blackpool

Formation: 442Manager: Avram Grant

West Ham

  • Richard Kingson
  • Neal Eardley
  • Alex Baptiste
  • Craig Cathcart
  • David Carney
  • Andy Reid
  • David Vaughan
  • Charlie Adam
  • Gary Taylor-Fletcher
  • Dudley Campbell
  • Luke Varney
  • SUBS
  • Paul Rachubka
  • Keith Southern
  • Ian Evatt
  • Marlon Harewood
  • Elliot Grandin
  • Jason Puncheon
  • James Beattie

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Match Report

Keane gives Hammers instant lift Robbie Keane struck a debut goal and Victor Obinna hit two more as West Ham lifted themselves off the bottom of the Barclays Premier League with a 3-1 win at Blackpool. The damage was all done in the first half as the Hammers held off a spirited Blackpool, who replied through Charlie Adam, in an entertaining contest at Bloomfield Road. Neal Eardley hit the post and Marlon Harewood forced Robert Green to make a fine save as the hosts dominated after the break but the Hammers clung on. Keane's flying start after joining the club on loan from Tottenham at the weekend and the form of Obinna, who scored a hat-trick on his previous outing, offered much hope for manager Avram Grant. Grant made five changes to the side which beat Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup at the weekend and the result was a vibrant first-half display. Blackpool were buoyed by the presence of their captain Adam after his widely-predicted deadline-day move to Liverpool failed to materialise. And the Scotland midfielder immediately tried to dispel any suggestions that the club's refusal to sell him might affect his game with a powerful run in the opening minute. Midfield partner David Vaughan also looked keen to influence proceedings as the Seasiders, with new signing Andy Reid on debut, played their usual attacking game. But it was West Ham who had the better of the opportunities in a lively opening. Richard Kingson was twice called into action early on, firstly to save a close-range shot from Obinna after Keane's scuffed effort diverted a Frederic Piquionne cross into his path. The Ghana goalkeeper then plucked a long-range strike from Gary O'Neil, who was making his full Hammers debut, out of the air with little difficulty. The visitors had another chance when Mark Noble's drive rebounded to Parker but the Hammers talisman fired well wide. Kingson was nearly caught out when Craig Cathcart almost turned a Bridge shot into his own net but he made a quick reaction save to his right. The Tangerines keeper was at fault, however, as West Ham claimed the lead after 24 minutes. Kingson looked to have Obinna's ambitious shot from wide on the left covered but let it slip from his grasp and roll over the line. It was a timely moment to score as it soon became apparent West Ham had injury problems. During one stoppage in play James Tomkins, Wayne Bridge and Danny Gabbidon all went down in apparent pain. Gabbidon was unable to continue and was replaced by Winston Reid but, despite obvious discomfort, Tomkins limped on while Bridge quickly recovered. Reid went close to an equaliser after a poor clearance from Tomkins fell to him outside the area but Green brilliantly palmed over his long-range effort. West Ham doubled their lead on 37 minutes as Keane made his mark. Blackpool got themselves into a mess at the back as Noble lobbed a free-kick into the area after Parker was felled. Kingson twice saved from Obinna in quick succession but got no help from his defenders and Keane's sliced effort found the net before it could be cleared. Blackpool immediately responded as Adam found the back of the net direct from a corner, Frederic Piquionne completely missing his kick at the near post and unsighting Green. Yet the Tangerines' joy was short-lived as Obinna restored a two-goal advantage on the stroke of half-time with a ferocious shot from 20 yards. The game tightened up in the second half as West Ham looked to deny Blackpool any further way of getting back into the game. The midfield battle intensified and after Noble and Adam collided, Parker was booked for a late challenge on Vaughan. Blackpool manager Ian Holloway decided to go for all-out attack on the hour, sending on two more strikers in new signing James Beattie and former West Ham forward Harewood. Beattie, who joined the club on loan from Rangers on Monday, had a chance moments after coming on but failed to make firm contact and Green easily gathered. Neal Eardley went close to pulling one back but his 20-yard free-kick struck the post and West Ham scrambled clear. Blackpool kept up the pressure with Adam flashing a shot narrowly wide and Reid making a vital clearance. A good run by DJ Campbell caused further alarm but a fluffed backheel by Gary Taylor-Fletcher ended a promising attack. Harewood forced Green into a fine save in injury time but the Hammers celebrated a crucial win. end

Form Guide

    LLWLLL
  • Blackpool
  • VS
  • West Ham
  • WDWLLD

Last Meetings

  • West Ham
  • 0 - 0
  • Blackpool
  • 13/11/2010
  • Blackpool
  • 1 - 1
  • West Ham
  • 27/02/1971
  • West Ham
  • 2 - 1
  • Blackpool
  • 31/10/1970
  • West Ham
  • 4 - 0
  • Blackpool
  • 27/12/1966
  • Blackpool
  • 1 - 4
  • West Ham
  • 26/12/1966
  • Blackpool
  • 2 - 1
  • West Ham
  • 19/03/1966

Top Scorers

Blackpool

  • D Campbell 8
  • M Harewood 5
  • L Varney 5
  • G Taylor-Fletcher 4
  • DO Vaughan 2
  • I Evatt 1
  • A Baptiste 1
  • C Cathcart 1
  • N Eardley 1
  • M Phillips 1

West Ham

  • F Piquionne 5
  • S Parker 4
  • C Cole 3
  • J Spector 1
  • J Tomkins 1
  • VN Obinna 1
  • J Stanislas 1
  • F Sears 1

Goals

Blackpool

    • Total goals 75
    • Goals per game 34
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 5 (For) 5 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 1 (For) 7 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 9 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 1 (For) 5 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 5 (For) 4 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 6 (For) 11 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

West Ham

    • Total goals 65
    • Goals per game 24
  • (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 2 (For) 6 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 3 (For) 7 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 4 (For) 6 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 5 (For) 2 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • (For) 6 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 5 (For) 5 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 3 (For) 6 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

possession


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