skip to content
Corner taken short by Lomana Tresor LuaLua.
Lomana Tresor LuaLua decides to take a short corner.
Papa Bouba Diop fouled by Lomana Tresor LuaLua, the ref awards a free kick. The referee cautions Lomana Tresor LuaLua for unsporting behaviour. Manuel Almunia takes the free kick.
Papa Bouba Diop challenges Lomana Tresor LuaLua unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Barry Ferguson.
Corner taken by Daniel Bogdanovic from the right by-line played to the near post.
Daniel Bogdanovic takes a short corner.
Foul by Kevin Nolan on Barry Ferguson, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Hill.
Gary Taylor-Fletcher takes a shot. Manuel Almunia makes a save. Shot from inside the area by Alex Baptiste clears the bar. Mark Noble comes on in place of John Carew.
John Carew is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Barry Ferguson.
Freddie Sears takes a shot. Save by Matthew Gilks.
Sam Baldock takes a shot. Save by Matthew Gilks. Corner taken right-footed by Jack Collison.
Abdoulaye Faye concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin Phillips. Brett Ormerod on for Thomas Ince. Jonjo Shelvey goes off and Lomana Tresor LuaLua comes on. Daniel Bogdanovic on for Kevin Phillips. Shot comes in from Daniel Bogdanovic from the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Keith Southern by Sam Baldock. Matthew Hill takes the direct free kick.
Ian Evatt is adjudged to have handled the ball. Kevin Nolan restarts play with the free kick.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Sam Baldock. Matthew Gilks takes the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jack Collison, Close range headed effort by Winston Reid misses to the right of the target.
Effort from just outside the area by Jonjo Shelvey goes over the bar. (West Ham) makes a substitution, with Freddie Sears coming on for Matthew Taylor.
(West Ham) makes a substitution, with Abdoulaye Faye coming on for James Tomkins.
Shot by John Carew from inside the six-yard box clear the bar.
The offside flag is raised against Sam Baldock. Free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.
Shot by Matthew Taylor from inside the six-yard box clear the bar.
Sam Baldock takes a shot. Save made by Matthew Gilks.
Jack Collison fires in a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. West Ham 4-0 Blackpool.George McCartney provided the assist for the goal.
Foul by Gary Taylor-Fletcher on Winston Reid, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Manuel Almunia.
The assistant referee flags for offside against John Carew. Indirect free kick taken by Barry Ferguson.
Thomas Ince has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Goal scored by Sam Baldock from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. West Ham 3-0 Blackpool.John Carew provided the assist for the goal.
The referee blows for offside. Alex Baptiste restarts play with the free kick.
Goal scored by Sam Baldock from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. West Ham 2-0 Blackpool.Matthew Taylor provided the assist for the goal.
Effort on goal by Matthew Taylor from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Jonjo Shelvey takes a shot. Save by Manuel Almunia.
Sam Baldock is caught offside. Barry Ferguson takes the free kick.
John Carew takes a shot. Save made by Matthew Gilks. Sam Baldock produces a right-footed shot from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
Foul by John Carew on Matthew Hill, free kick awarded. Matthew Gilks takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on Matthew Hill by John Carew results in a free kick. Keith Southern takes the direct free kick.
Kevin Phillips fouled by Papa Bouba Diop, the ref awards a free kick. Jonjo Shelvey shoots direct from the free kick.
Alex Baptiste is caught offside. Manuel Almunia restarts play with the free kick.
Kevin Phillips takes a shot. Manuel Almunia makes a comfortable save.
Matthew Hill fouled by Sam Baldock, the ref awards a free kick. Matthew Gilks takes the free kick.
John Carew challenges Ian Evatt unfairly and gives away a free kick. Matthew Gilks takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Taylor, clearance made by Ian Evatt.
John Carew takes a shot. Save made by Matthew Gilks.
Barry Ferguson concedes a free kick for a foul on John Carew. Julien Faubert delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel.
Barry Ferguson produces a right-footed effort from long distance that goes harmlessly over the bar.
Julien Faubert challenges Gary Taylor-Fletcher unfairly and gives away a free kick. Julien Faubert receives a caution. Stephen Crainey takes the free kick.
The official flags Jack Collison offside. Matthew Gilks takes the free kick.
The official flags Sam Baldock offside. Free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.
Sam Baldock takes a shot. Matthew Gilks makes a save.
The ball is delivered by Julien Faubert, John Carew finds the net with a headed goal from inside the box. West Ham 1-0 Blackpool.The assist for the goal came from Julien Faubert.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Phillips on Kevin Nolan. Free kick taken by Manuel Almunia.
Inswinging corner taken by Jonjo Shelvey from the left by-line, Manuel Almunia makes a save.
Matthew Taylor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Thomas Ince. Thomas Ince takes the free kick. Matthew Taylor is booked.
Unfair challenge on Ian Evatt by John Carew results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.
Kevin Nolan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Barry Ferguson. Kevin Phillips takes the free kick.
Bentley blow for Hammers
West Ham will be without David Bentley when they welcome Blackpool to Upton Park.
The on-loan Tottenham midfielder underwent a knee operation earlier this week and has been ruled out for up to six months, joining goalkeeper Robert Green (knee) and winger Gary O'Neil (ankle) on the sidelines.
But manager Sam Allardyce hopes to be able to call on defender Winston Reid (hamstring) and midfield duo Mark Noble (toe) and Matt Taylor (calf), who all missed the 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace a fortnight ago.
Right-back Guy Demel is pushing for a debut after recovering from a hamstring problem and striker John Carew, who scored for Norway this week, could start ahead of Carlton Cole after coming off the bench to head the equaliser at Palace.
Blackpool could hand a debut to Lomana LuaLua.
The 30-year-old striker signed for the Seasiders until the end of the season after impressing during a recent trial and could earn an instant start at Upton Park.
Defender Craig Cathcart is a doubt after he withdrew from the Northern Ireland squad due to a knee problem.
Daniel Bogdanovic (hamstring), Matt Gilks and Stephen Crainey (both ankle) also withdrew from international duty, but they should be fit to take part.
One player who is unlikely to be involved for Ian Holloway's side is Matt Phillips as he nears a loan move to League One side Sheffield United, with discussions ongoing between the two clubs.
Hammers leave Blackpool all at sea
Three goals in eight second-half minutes ensured a resounding 4-0 victory for West Ham as Blackpool's defence endured a torrid time.
John Carew set the Hammers on their way with a 12th-minute header and Blackpool collapsed after the break as a Sam Baldock double and Jack Collison's strike completed the rout.
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce had spoken during the week of his bitterness at being dismissed by Blackpool after leading them to the brink of promotion in 1996 and he gained some revenge with a dominant display at Upton Park.
Blackpool had gone into the game high on confidence after winning 5-0 last time out and they actually looked the better team until West Ham opened the scoring.
Julien Faubert crossed from the right and Carew showed good strength to hold off Matt Hill and find the bottom corner with his header.
That gave the Hammers a huge boost and they could have added a second almost immediately but Baldock was denied by Matt Gilks.
West Ham were angered when Collison split the Blackpool defence and was put through on goal but referee Andy D'Urso failed to play advantage and instead blew for a free-kick in the centre circle.
Gilks was called into action again just before the half-hour mark when his smart save spared the blushes of Hill , whose poor touch allowed Carew a clear run at goal.
West Ham continued to look threatening and Gilks again denied them a second when he saved with his right leg from Carew, before Baldock fired over.
West Ham goalkeeper Manuel Almunia was finally called into action just before the interval but had no trouble holding a low drive by Jonjo Shelvey.
A second goal looked like it would be enough to kill off the visitors and West Ham needed just two minutes of the second half to double their lead.
Blackpool tried to play a high offside trap but were left waiting for a flag that never came as Matthew Taylor's header put Baldock clean through, and the striker held his nerve to slot coolly past Gilks.
It was certainly all over four minutes later and Hill was again at fault as the ball was allowed to bounce in the area before Carew flicked the ball over Gilks and Baldock tapped in on the line.
The Seasiders conceded a fourth in the 55th minute when the ball fell to Collison on the edge of the area and his deflected volley again left Gilks with no chance.
It was a case of damage limitation for Blackpool from then on and Gilks again came to the rescue with a superb save to prevent Baldock completing his hat-trick.
"Who will win the PL title this season - 2013/14?"
© 2004 - 2014 football.co.uk