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Roger Johnson fouled by Manuel da Costa, the ref awards a free kick. Ben Foster takes the free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Robert Green takes the free kick.
Manuel da Costa receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen Carr by Manuel da Costa. Direct free kick taken by Ben Foster.
The referee shows Victor Obinna a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Unfair challenge on Barry Ferguson by Victor Obinna results in a free kick. Ben Foster takes the free kick.
Shot from just outside the area by Victor Obinna misses to the right of the target.
The offside flag is raised against Nikola Zigic. Robert Green restarts play with the free kick.
Headed effort from deep inside the area by Manuel da Costa misses to the right of the target.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Sebastian Larsson on Wayne Bridge. Lars Jacobsen takes the direct free kick.
Victor Obinna takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.
Nikola Zigic has an effort at goal. Robert Green makes a save.
Barry Ferguson fouled by Victor Obinna, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Roger Johnson.
Corner taken by Mark Noble.
Gary O'Neil takes a shot. Ben Foster makes a save.
Manuel da Costa takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Wayne Bridge.
Foul by Wayne Bridge on Stephen Carr, free kick awarded. Ben Foster takes the direct free kick.
David Bentley challenges Gary O'Neil unfairly and gives away a free kick. The ball is crossed by Wayne Bridge, Shot by Demba Ba from inside the box bounces off the post.
Demba Ba comes on in place of Robbie Keane. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Manuel da Costa by Nikola Zigic. Free kick taken by Robert Green.
Nikola Zigic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Winston Reid. Free kick taken by Lars Jacobsen.
The referee books Ben Foster for time wasting.
Carlton Cole is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Ben Foster takes the free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by Sebastian Larsson, clearance by Manuel da Costa.
Sebastian Larsson produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Nikola Zigic grabs a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. West Ham 0-1 Birmingham.Foul by Mark Noble on David Bentley, free kick awarded. The assist for the goal came from Sebastian Larsson.
Foul by Manuel da Costa on David Bentley, free kick awarded. Sebastian Larsson takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by Sebastian Larsson.
The offside flag is raised against Nikola Zigic. Robert Green takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Carlton Cole on Roger Johnson. Direct free kick taken by Roger Johnson.
Frederic Piquionne goes off and Carlton Cole comes on. The referee blows for offside against Nikola Zigic. Robert Green takes the indirect free kick.
Outswinging corner taken by Sebastian Larsson from the right by-line played to the near post, Lars Jacobsen manages to make a clearance.
Sebastian Larsson is brought on as a substitute for Cameron Jerome. Unfair challenge on Lee Bowyer by Manuel da Costa results in a free kick. David Bentley delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel.
Cameron Jerome concedes a free kick for a foul on Manuel da Costa. Direct free kick taken by Robert Green.
Nikola Zigic produces a header from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Cameron Jerome on Winston Reid. Free kick taken by Robert Green.
Victor Obinna takes a shot. Roger Johnson gets a block in.
Barry Ferguson challenges Victor Obinna unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mark Noble takes the direct free kick.
Shot from inside the area by Robbie Keane clears the bar.
Victor Obinna takes a shot. Blocked by Roger Johnson.
(West Ham) makes a substitution, with Manuel da Costa coming on for Matthew Upson.
The official flags Robbie Keane offside. Indirect free kick taken by Liam Ridgewell.
Corner taken right-footed by Lee Bowyer.
The referee cautions Mark Noble for unsporting behaviour. David Bentley fouled by Mark Noble, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ben Foster.
Martin Jiranek concedes a free kick for a foul on Frederic Piquionne. Free kick crossed by Mark Noble, clearance by Nikola Zigic.
Cameron Jerome concedes a free kick for a foul on Winston Reid. Free kick taken by Winston Reid.
Headed effort from inside the penalty area by Winston Reid misses to the right of the target.
Corner taken by Mark Noble played to the near post, clearance made by Lee Bowyer.
Headed effort from inside the area by Nikola Zigic misses to the left of the target.
The referee blows for offside. Scott Parker takes the indirect free kick.
Header from deep inside the area by Roger Johnson goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by David Bentley from the right by-line, save made by Robert Green.
Lee Bowyer takes a shot. Robert Green makes a save.
Mark Noble produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
A cross is delivered by Gary O'Neil, save by Ben Foster.
Frederic Piquionne gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Ridgewell. Ben Foster takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on Martin Jiranek by Winston Reid results in a free kick. Ben Foster takes the direct free kick.
Mark Noble takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Cameron Jerome.
Mark Noble concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig Gardner. Ben Foster restarts play with the free kick.
Frederic Piquionne takes a shot. Save made by Ben Foster.
Effort on goal by Gary O'Neil from 30 yards. Save made by Ben Foster.
David Bentley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Parker. Mark Noble takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Frederic Piquionne on Roger Johnson. Ben Foster takes the free kick.
Frederic Piquionne gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Ridgewell. Ben Foster restarts play with the free kick.
Craig Gardner has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide left of the goal.
Liam Ridgewell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lars Jacobsen. Wayne Bridge takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Mark Noble on Craig Gardner. Liam Ridgewell takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matthew Upson by David Bentley. Free kick taken by Robert Green.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Barry Ferguson by Robbie Keane. Free kick taken by Barry Ferguson.
David Bentley produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.
Unfair challenge on Liam Ridgewell by Frederic Piquionne results in a free kick. Ben Foster takes the free kick.
Roger Johnson concedes a free kick for a foul on Wayne Bridge. Wayne Bridge crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Mark Noble, Robbie Keane takes a shot. Blocked by Stephen Carr.
Grant calls for Hammers unity
Avram Grant wants to see the day when West Ham can be united.
The Hammers boss has presided over a season of turbulence which has seen his side fighting for Barclays Premier League survival while he has been fighting for his job.
The club's owners, David Gold and David Sullivan, backed him last month but only after reports that Martin O'Neill had been offered the job at Upton Park.
Now Grant wants to consign all the in-fighting to history and take West Ham to top-flight respectability, starting with the home encounter against Birmingham.
Victory would take West Ham out of the relegation zone and dump Birmingham, who last month denied the Hammers a place in the Carling Cup final, into real trouble.
Yet Grant believes West Ham must unite, in the boardroom and the dressing room, if they are to survive.
He said: "I wish one day it will be more stable. I want all the people in the club to be happy. We are going together to the same target. I say to the owners, the players, the kit men, everybody, we have the same target and we need to be always together.
"As a manager I am doing everything so that this club will be in this direction."
West Ham have won six, drawn three and lost only three of their last 12 matches as Grant's message has begun to hit home with the players.
The signings of Gary O'Neil, Demba Ba, Wayne Bridge and Robbie Keane in the January transfer window have raised expectations around Upton Park and renewed faith in a manager who has had a tormented time so far in English football.
Grant's first season saw him try to stop the ship rocking following Jose Mourinho's departure at Chelsea. His next job found him amid the financial conflagration at Portsmouth. If anything the last six months have been even more challenging.
Grant is happy for his record to be analysed.
He said: "In every club the difficulties have come from different angles and I am very proud of what I did. I am very proud of this season.
"There are two kinds of people. When there is a fire some people come with oil to make the fire bigger and some come with the water. I come with water."
Cameron Jerome admits Birmingham have to shake off their tag as draw specialists if they are to climb clear of relegation trouble.
City again demonstrated their fighting qualities in twice coming from behind to earn a 2-2 home draw with Manchester City in mid-week.
But it was the 12th time in 23 games this season that they have shared the spoils - a tally only equalled by Everton.
But striker Jerome is aware victories are what will see Blues move away from danger.
The Hammers will be looking to avenge their Carling Cup semi-final setback against Alex McLeish's side 11 days ago and surrendering a two-goal lead in the league meeting at St Andrew's.
Jerome told Press Association Sport: "It was a great comeback again against Manchester City.
"We showed great resilience again and, I keep emphasising it, the team spirit is magnificent and we never give in.
"We also beat Chelsea here and we seem to do well against the big teams. We don't over admire them.
"The lads are pleased to get points off these quality teams but we need to start picking up victories.
"That is what is going to get us out of trouble. Three points is what we need at the moment.
"Looking on to Sunday, we are optimistic we can get another good result against West Ham.
"We seem to have the number on them this season so far so hopefully we can go down there and come away with three points."
Bell tolls for Swans
Craig Bellamy's 85th-minute strike handed Cardiff victory at South Wales rivals Swansea and avenged their home defeat by the same scoreline earlier in the season.
Swansea had beaten the Bluebirds on their own turf back in November but Bellamy was on target to fire his hometown club to victory with a 25-yard drive.
The result lifted Dave Jones' men above their rivals and into third spot in the npower Championship table.
Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers named an unchanged side and kept faith with the same starting line-up that won at Bristol City in midweek.
That meant midfielder Leon Britton played his first game at home since returning from Sheffield United while defender Alan Tate retained the captaincy in the absence of Garry Monk.
Dekel Keinan came into the Cardiff side to make his debut and replaced Lee Naylor, with Kevin McNaughton reverting to left-back.
Striker Michael Chopra returned to the Bluebirds side.
The first chance of the game fell to Chopra's fellow frontman Jay Bothroyd, who missed the target from 12 yards inside the opening minute.
Moments later Swansea midfielder Darren Pratley fired goalwards from the edge of the penalty box.
However, his effort was blocked by Keinan and Tate then headed over a free-kick by Mark Gower.
Cardiff went close in the 11th minute when Aaron Ramsey hit a right-foot shot from 20 yards which was parried by Dorus De Vries as the visitors signalled their attacking threat.
Bellamy was also showing his quality with a series of marauding runs. Swansea also threatened when Scott Sinclair cut in from the left but failed to get his shot on target.
Shortly before the half-hour mark, the former Chelsea youngster latched onto Gower's pass but, as he charged down on Tom Heaton's goal, Mark Hudson made a vital challenge to avert the danger.
Pratley also shot over before Bothroyd became the first player to be booked for a late challenge on Tate shortly before half-time.
Cardiff made a change at the back for the start of the second half as Darcy Blake replaced Kevin McNaughton after the full-back picked up a knock just before half-time.
Gower fired the Swans' first attempt of the second period wide of goal before Cardiff twice came close in quick succession.
In the 59th minute, a cross from Peter Whittingham was headed wide by Paul Quinn and Blake then fired against a post from 12 yards with a left-foot shot.
Sinclair then fired over the bar at the other end before both sides made tactical switches, with Craig Beattie replacing Moore and Chris Burke taking Whittingham's place in the 66th minute.
Sinclair continued to threaten for Swansea but he missed the target from six yards in the 80th minute.
And Bellamy made the hosts pay in the 85th minute when he collected a pass from Ramsey and fired a right-footed shot into the bottom corner from 25 yards to settle the match.
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