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Shot by Pablo Barrera from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
Header from deep inside the area by Benni McCarthy goes over the bar.
Pablo Barrera fouled by Stephen Crainey, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Mark Noble from right wing, clearance by Ian Evatt.
Craig Cathcart has an effort at goal from 12 yards. Save by Robert Green.
Inswinging corner taken by Charlie Adam, save made by Robert Green.
Close range shot by Marlon Harewood misses to the left of the target.
The offside flag is raised against Pablo Barrera. Benni McCarthy replaces Frederic Piquionne. Richard Kingson takes the indirect free kick.
Foul by Victor Obinna on Charlie Adam, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Neal Eardley.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Charlie Adam from the left by-line, clearance by Matthew Upson.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Mark Noble, clearance made by Charlie Adam.
Mark Noble has a drilled shot. Save made by Richard Kingson.
Matt Phillips fouled by Herita Ilunga, the ref awards a free kick. Charlie Adam shoots direct from the free kick.
Shot from deep inside the area by Gary Taylor-Fletcher clears the crossbar.
Corner taken right-footed by Victor Obinna to the near post, David Vaughan makes a clearance.
Shot by Victor Obinna. Blocked by Ian Evatt.
Effort from inside the six-yard area by Carlton Cole bounces off the post.
Carlton Cole on for Luis Boa Morte. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Victor Obinna from the left by-line.
Victor Obinna takes a shot. Luke Varney gets a block in.
Pablo Barrera takes a shot. Ian Evatt gets a block in.
The offside flag is raised against Marlon Harewood. Free kick taken by Robert Green.
David Vaughan takes a shot. Blocked by Mark Noble.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matt Phillips by Luis Boa Morte. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Neal Eardley from right wing, clearance by Matthew Upson.
Marlon Harewood is brought on as a substitute for Dudley Campbell.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mark Noble by Luke Varney. Mark Noble takes the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Victor Obinna from the right by-line to the near post, David Vaughan manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Dudley Campbell by Daniel Gabbidon results in a free kick. Stephen Crainey takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Matt Phillips on Lars Jacobsen. Luis Boa Morte restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Taylor-Fletcher on Matthew Upson. Lars Jacobsen restarts play with the free kick.
The referee blows for offside against Pablo Barrera. Matt Phillips on for Elliot Grandin. Indirect free kick taken by Richard Kingson.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Charlie Adam on Mark Noble. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Gabbidon.
Victor Obinna produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.
Shot on goal by Charlie Adam from long range goes harmlessly over the target.
Dudley Campbell handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Robert Green takes the free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Robert Green.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Pablo Barrera. Direct free kick taken by Richard Kingson.
The offside flag is raised against Pablo Barrera. Richard Kingson restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Crainey on Pablo Barrera. Free kick crossed right-footed by Mark Noble from right wing.
Luis Boa Morte produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.
Luke Varney takes a shot. Lars Jacobsen gets a block in.
Richard Kingson comes on in place of Matthew Gilks.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Mark Noble on Gary Taylor-Fletcher. Free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.
Shot from deep inside the area by Pablo Barrera clears the crossbar.
Corner taken right-footed by Elliot Grandin from the left by-line, clearance made by Herita Ilunga.
Luke Varney takes a shot. Blocked by Matthew Upson.
The official flags Frederic Piquionne offside. Neal Eardley takes the free kick.
Corner taken by Charlie Adam from the right by-line, Headed effort from inside the area by Ian Evatt misses to the left of the goal.
Corner taken by Elliot Grandin from the left by-line.
Pablo Barrera produces a drilled right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Corner taken left-footed by Charlie Adam, save by Robert Green.
Corner taken right-footed by Elliot Grandin from the left by-line, clearance by Frederic Piquionne.
Gary Taylor-Fletcher fouled by Matthew Upson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Charlie Adam, clearance by Frederic Piquionne.
Shot by Neal Eardley from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
Corner taken by Victor Obinna from the left by-line, clearance by Ian Evatt.
Charlie Adam takes a shot from 35 yards and missed to the right of the net.
Effort on goal by Stephen Crainey from long range goes harmlessly over the bar.
Charlie Adam concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott Parker. Charlie Adam is given a yellow card. Daniel Gabbidon takes the free kick.
Corner taken by Victor Obinna played to the near post, clearance by Neal Eardley.
Frederic Piquionne takes a shot. Blocked by Craig Cathcart.
Shot from just outside the penalty area by David Vaughan misses to the left of the target.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Pablo Barrera, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Frederic Piquionne goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Victor Obinna takes a shot. Craig Cathcart gets a block in.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Frederic Piquionne. Indirect free kick taken by Ian Evatt.
Victor Obinna is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Neal Eardley restarts play with the free kick.
Effort on goal by Elliot Grandin from 18 yards. Save made by Robert Green.
(West Ham) makes a substitution, with Pablo Barrera coming on for Kieron Dyer.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dudley Campbell by Herita Ilunga. Craig Cathcart restarts play with the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Victor Obinna, Daniel Gabbidon has a headed effort from close in and clears the bar.
Dudley Campbell has an effort at goal. Save by Robert Green.
Effort from the edge of the box by Mark Noble goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Headed effort on goal by Dudley Campbell from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
The game kicks-off.
The match restarts for the second half.
The ref blows to signal half-time.
The referee signals the end of the game.
Grant "optimistic" despite Hammers' plight
West Ham manager Avram Grant insists his side will begin their climb off the foot of the Barclays Premier League if they maintain their current form.
The Hammers enter their clash with Blackpool at Upton Park without a league victory since September, a sequence spanning six games.
They sit four points adrift of safety after 12 matches, but Grant remains confident they are on the right track.
"I say to West Ham fans to not just look at the table," Grant said. "When we look at the table we are not happy, but if you analyse the performances of the players, we are very optimistic.
"It's a strange situation because we don't have enough points like we want, but if you analyse our games the spirit is good and the mentality is good.
"The football that we play is good football and in the last two games we scored two goals in both games. Even before that, we played good football.
"I know we haven't taken enough points, but if we continue to play good football and correct a few things, we will win games.
"Sometimes when you are on the bottom of the league, you see a big gap between you and the other teams.
"You see the games and you say to yourself `We cannot do anything'. But if we continue to do the right things, I'm sure we will pick up points. This is our target."
All eyes will be on Blackpool's team selection tomorrow after boss Ian Holloway made 10 changes to his side for the 3-2 defeat to Aston Villa on Wednesday.
Holloway has threatened to resign should the Premier League choose to fine him and Grant sympathises with his position.
"Ian is the manager and he knows his team better than anybody. He can do anything he needs to for the team," he said.
"In this case, I must say I support him because he knows what he needs from his side.
"Of course, if it was in the end of the season and it affected the results of other teams....But when it's now, everybody needs to know that he's the manager and he can do what he must."
All eyes will be on Blackpool's team sheet - and manager Ian Holloway admits his players have given him plenty to think about.
The Premier League are investigating Holloway's decision to make 10 changes to his side for Wednesday's 3-2 defeat by Aston Villa but for the Tangerines manager the biggest talking point was how well his so-called fringe players acquitted themselves.
Indeed, they came agonisingly close to snatching a draw after DJ Campbell equalised three minutes from time only for Villa to go straight down the other end and claim the win with James Collins' header.
Many of the players were late summer signings with little or no Premier League experience and Holloway argued they had waited more than long enough for a chance.
He said: "I've got a fantastic problem. That's what I asked them to cause me, by being as good as the other team, if not better. I think some of that team have played themselves into my team, and that's exactly what I wanted them to do.
"They haven't been rewarded well enough. They deserve to play. If that was my kids and an ice-cream, I'd have bought them an ice-cream long ago because their behaviour's been absolutely exceptional. But unfortunately my other kids were doing so well I didn't want to change it."
Marlon Harewood and midfielder Ludovic Sylvestre were among the players that stood out at Villa Park but the one who really caught the eye was teenage winger Matt Phillips.
The England Under-19 international marked his Premier League debut against Blackburn in September with a goal two minutes after coming off the bench and his impact on his first top flight start was no less impressive.
Phillips, who joined the club in August from Wycombe for an initial fee of #325,000, caused Villa's defence all sorts of problems and set up Harewood's opening goal with an audacious back-heel.
Holloway was glowing in his praise of the 19-year-old, saying: "How many other people are going to watch that and think, `I wish we'd bought him'? And that kid hasn't even played yet. I played him at right-back twice and he's not a right-back, he's a winger.
"I thought he was absolutely unplayable at times. Everybody talks about Charlie Adam, soon the name on everybody's lips is going to be Matty Phillips.
Hammers frustrated by Seasiders
Bottom club West Ham were again frustrated as Blackpool's all-changed XI held them to a 0-0 draw at Upton Park.
Ian Holloway had threatened to quit if fined for making 10 alterations for the midweek defeat at Aston Villa, and had recalled his main men for the match.
However, it was referee Kevin Friend who took centre stage when he denied the home side what looked two clear first-half penalties, with Avram Grant's men then unable to make the most of their opportunities as the Israeli again faced calls for his resignation at the final whistle.
West Ham had not won in the league since the end of September. However, it was a positive start by the Irons, as fit-again Mark Noble stabbed a 20-yard effort wide.
Frederic Piquionne, who scored a penalty in the 2-2 draw against West Brom here on Wednesday night, broke down the left and cut inside the box, but his shot was charged down before Daniel Gabbidon headed a corner over.
West Ham were forced into a change after 18 minutes when midfielder Kieron Dyer, just back from a hamstring problem, was replaced by Mexico winger Pablo Barrera.
Blackpool had a good spell, as DJ Campbell fired a snapshot straight at Robert Green.
West Ham had what looked a strong penalty claim turned down by referee Friend when left-back Stephen Crainey appeared to trip Barrera out on the right touchline.
At the other end, David Vaughan drove into the left side of the West Ham area before releasing a low shot which flew just wide of Green's post.
The home side were again screaming for a spot-kick when Victor Obinna's fierce 18-yard drive struck Craig Cathcart on the arm, but once more the referee was not interested.
Blackpool had to replace goalkeeper Matthew Gilks at the start of the second half, after he had appeared to jar his knee when clearing a goalkick, with Richard Kingson coming on for an unexpected second appearance of the week.
West Ham had another great chance when Luis Boa Morte was slipped into the left side of the penalty area by Scott Parker, but dragged his shot wide of the far post.
Blackpool captain Charlie Adam spotted Green off his line and so tried an audacious chip from just inside the West Ham half which, fortunately for the backpedalling keeper, dropped over the bar.
Obinna drilled the ball high and wide after it was cut back from the touchline - much to the frustration of the Irons fans behind the goal in the Bobby Moore Stand.
Blackpool substitute Marlon Harewood almost returned to haunt his former club, but his scrambled goal from a free-kick was ruled out for offside.
Parker scampered into the Blackpool box before cutting the ball back to Barrera on the penalty spot, but his sidefoot effort was blocked by Ian Evatt.
West Ham substitute Carlton Cole almost had an instant impact but his deflected close-range effort struck the outside of the post.
Gary Taylor-Fletcher then skied the ball over the bar when arriving in the penalty area following a quick Blackpool break down the left.
Kingson made an acrobatic one-handed save to tip Noble's curling 20-yard effort behind.
There was an almighty let-off for the hosts when Harewood somehow stabbed the ball wide from six yards before Green deflected away a goalbound effort from Cathcart.
In stoppage time, Benni McCarthy headed over as once again the Hammers were booed off by the disgruntled Upton Park faithful.
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