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Steven Fletcher handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Robert Green takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Parker by David Edwards. Direct free kick taken by Robert Green.
Nenad Milijas leaves the field to be replaced by Marcus Bent. Scott Parker handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Kevin Foley.
Marcus Bent comes on in place of Nenad Milijas. Scott Parker handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Kevin Foley.
Marcus Bent joins the action as a substitute, replacing Nenad Milijas. Scott Parker is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Kevin Foley restarts play with the free kick.
James Tomkins challenges Steven Fletcher unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shot on goal comes in from Nenad Milijas from the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Fletcher by James Tomkins. Strike comes in from Nenad Milijas from the free kick.
Matthew Jarvis takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Scott Parker manages to make a clearance.
Nenad Milijas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Parker. Mark Noble delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing.
Corner taken left-footed by Mark Noble, Ronald Zubar manages to make a clearance.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Frederic Piquionne. Free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
Unfair challenge on Matthew Upson by Steven Fletcher results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Robert Green.
Radoslav Kovac is cautioned.
Freddie Sears scores a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. West Ham 2-0 Wolverhampton.Assist by Tal Ben-Haim.
Steven Fletcher fouled by Matthew Upson, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Nenad Milijas.
Effort from the edge of the area by Frederic Piquionne goes wide of the right-hand post.
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake takes a shot.
Stephen Hunt leaves the field to be replaced by David Edwards. Steven Fletcher on for George Elokobi. Foul by Matthew Jarvis on Radoslav Kovac, free kick awarded. Tal Ben-Haim takes the free kick.
Matthew Jarvis takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post.
Matthew Jarvis takes a shot. Ronald Zubar concedes a free kick for a foul on Frederic Piquionne. Scott Parker takes the direct free kick. Save by Robert Green.
Radoslav Kovac challenges Nenad Milijas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Matthew Jarvis takes the free kick.
Mark Noble joins the action as a substitute, replacing Junior Stanislas.
The referee blows for offside against Carlton Cole. Wayne Hennessey takes the indirect free kick.
Carlton Cole challenges Christophe Berra unfairly and gives away a free kick. Wayne Hennessey takes the free kick.
Matthew Jarvis produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.
Nenad Milijas produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.
Corner taken by Matthew Jarvis.
Nenad Milijas challenges Carlton Cole unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tal Ben-Haim takes the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Scott Parker, Matthew Upson takes a shot. Save made by Wayne Hennessey.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tal Ben-Haim by Stephen Hunt. Robert Green restarts play with the free kick.
Richard Stearman receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Parker by Richard Stearman. Direct free kick taken by Tal Ben-Haim.
Foul by Frederic Piquionne on Ronald Zubar, free kick awarded. Matthew Jarvis delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, clearance by Richard Stearman.
Effort on goal by Carlton Cole from 25 yards. Wayne Hennessey makes a save.
An own goal is scored by Ronald Zubar. West Ham 1-0 Wolverhampton.Assist by Frederic Piquionne.
Stephen Ward has a drilled shot. Save by Robert Green. Header from close in by Nenad Milijas misses to the right of the target.
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake takes a shot. Matthew Upson gets a block in. Corner taken by Matthew Jarvis, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake takes a shot. Tal Ben-Haim manages to make a clearance. Christophe Berra takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake on Tal Ben-Haim. Robert Green takes the free kick.
The referee penalises Carlton Cole for handball. Wayne Hennessey restarts play with the free kick.
The official flags Carlton Cole offside. Indirect free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
Effort on goal by Nenad Milijas from long range goes harmlessly over the target.
Effort on goal by Carlton Cole from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Christophe Berra on Frederic Piquionne. Free kick taken by Radoslav Kovac.
Freddie Sears takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey.
Freddie Sears takes a shot. Clearance made by Richard Stearman.
Matthew Jarvis takes the inswinging corner, save by Robert Green.
Outswinging corner taken by Scott Parker from the right by-line, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake makes a clearance.
George Elokobi challenges Tal Ben-Haim unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Robert Green.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Tomkins by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake. Robert Green restarts play with the free kick.
Effort from inside the area by Carlton Cole misses to the left of the target.
Daniel Gabbidon takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.
Junior Stanislas is caught offside. Free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Stephen Hunt from the right by-line, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake takes a shot. Comfortable save by Robert Green.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Matthew Upson. Indirect free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
Christophe Berra challenges Carlton Cole unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Junior Stanislas.
Carlton Cole gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Christophe Berra. Free kick taken by Christophe Berra.
Stephen Ward takes a shot. Save made by Robert Green.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sylvan Ebanks-Blake by Matthew Upson. Stephen Hunt takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Matthew Jarvis, save made by Robert Green.
Scott Parker decides to take a short corner.
Shot from just outside the box by Frederic Piquionne misses to the right of the target.
Corner taken by Matthew Jarvis, Stephen Ward takes a shot. Save made by Robert Green.
Stephen Hunt takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Frederic Piquionne makes a clearance. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Stephen Hunt, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake takes a shot. Blocked by Carlton Cole.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Stephen Hunt from the right by-line to the near post, Frederic Piquionne manages to make a clearance. Corner taken left-footed by Stephen Hunt from the right by-line, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake takes a shot. Blocked by Carlton Cole.
Scott Parker fouled by Ronald Zubar, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Scott Parker.
Corner taken by Scott Parker from the left by-line, Wayne Hennessey makes a save.
The referee starts the match.
The players leave the pitch at half time.
The referee gets the second half underway.
The final whistle is blown by the referee.
Wolves still ravaged by injuries
Wolves are still missing a number of key players ahead of their match against West Ham.
Kevin Doyle (thigh) and Jody Craddock (hip and thigh) will miss the game, but have started training.
Karl Henry and Michael Mancienne (both knee) are still out, as is Steven Mouyokolo (back).
Michael Kightly (knee) and Adlene Guedioura (leg) are long term absentees.
Avram Grant is still fuming over West Ham's disallowed winner at Wolves the last time the sides met.
The Hammers were denied all three points in October's 1-1 draw at Molineux when referee Mark Clattenburg penalised Frederic Piquionne for handball after the striker netted in the dying seconds.
Television replays appeared to show the goal should have stood and Grant has not forgotten the incident that has ultimately cost his side dear, with rock-bottom West Ham currently a point behind Wolves having played a game more than all of their relegation rivals.
The Hammers boss said: "I think they owe us something because we scored against them a goal that was disallowed in the last moment.
"Wolves would be behind us but for the decision of the referee.
"It was one of our best games, at Wolves."
Defeat is unthinkable for a West Ham side who could find themselves cut four points adrift if they lose and other results go against them.
Co-owner David Gold this week insisted being beaten by Wolves would not spell the end of Grant's six-month reign but it would certainly crank up the pressure which has eased during the Hammers' current three-match unbeaten run.
Grant is refusing to contemplate the consequences of defeat as he tries to become only the second manager to mastermind the survival of a Premier League club that has been bottom on Christmas Day.
Asked if the game was one of the biggest of his career, he said: "I don't think like this.
"I think all the games are big games. You remember three months ago, you also said to me, 'This is the biggest game, this is the biggest game'.
"As long as we're in this place, we can say it will be a big game.
"Any result against Wolves, the game against Newcastle will again be a big game."
He added: "I think we are on the right track.
"The last three games, we've seen a lot of improvement in the way we've taken points and it's good.
"But we need to win on Saturday against a team that is a very good team.
"I don't think there are any weak teams in this league.
"It is maybe the first year there is not one weak team in the league."
Valon Behrami could return after a month out with a hip injury.
Danny Gabbidon and Tal Ben Haim are back after being rested for Tuesday's draw with Everton, but the game may come too soon for Mark Noble (hip), who is back in training, while Kieron Dyer (thigh), Benni McCarthy (calf), Lars Jacobsen (heel) and Herita Ilunga are all still out.
Thomas Hitzlsperger (thigh), Jack Collison (knee) and Manuel da Costa (ankle) are sidelined until at least February, while Peter Kurucz (knee) is out for the season.
Sears seals crucial win for Hammers
Freddie Sears put the seal on a sweet 2-0 victory for West Ham as they climbed out of the relegation zone and sent Wolves crashing to the foot of the Barclays Premier League.
Winger Sears, a product of the club's academy and lifelong Hammers fan, struck from 15 yards in the 79th minute for his first goal since scoring on his debut in March 2008.
West Ham were already ahead by that stage, but they owed a debt of gratitude to Wolves' Ronald Zubar for their 51st-minute opener, the right-back letting the ball trickle in off his knee after Carlton Cole had taken an air shot.
Wolves had plenty of chances but Mick McCarthy's side, who won at Liverpool in midweek, could not find a way past Robert Green.
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake did beat the England goalkeeper but headed against the crossbar shortly before Sears scored the second goal.
West Ham boss Avram Grant, who for so long has been under pressure, might find that eases now.
Grant made four changes to his team after their 1-1 draw with Everton, bringing back Cole, Tal Ben Haim, Danny Gabbidon and Junior Stanislas who all featured in the Boxing Day win at Fulham, while Wolves were unchanged following their Anfield success.
Wolves went close when Stephen Hunt almost curled a corner from the right inside the near post, but Frederic Piquionne headed over his own bar.
Cole and Piquionne combined for the first time in the 10th minute, culminating in the latter lashing a 20-yard strike high and wide.
With Hunt on the left and Matt Jarvis on the right, Wolves had plenty of quality, while Hammers wideman Stanislas was also heavily involved early on and the hosts might have benefited had his crossing been of a higher standard.
Wolves won their fifth corner in the 19th minute and Hunt's delivery was a good one, culminating in Ebanks-Blake heading straight at Green.
At the other end, Sears sidestepped Christophe Berra before drilling a left-footed shot which Wayne Hennessey dealt with comfortably.
Cole should have scored after captain Scott Parker threaded a pass through the Wolves defence and into the striker's path, but the former Chelsea frontman made a hash of his finish from 10 yards and the ball bobbled wide of the left post.
Piquionne and Richard Stearman clashed off the ball just after the half-hour mark, when the French striker lashed out but escaped with a warning from referee Lee Probert.
West Ham went close to taking the lead when Stearman, on the goalline, booted away a firm shot from Sears.
Wolves had the first opening of the second half when smart play from Hunt fed Ebanks-Blake.
The striker's wayward shot took a deflection to bring about a corner, and then came a flurry of attempts on Green's goal, but Ebanks-Blake and Berra were foiled with headers and Green kept out a crisp left-footed strike from Stephen Ward before Nenad Milijas headed over from close range.
The visitors were dealt a huge blow after 51 minutes when West Ham took the lead in bizarre circumstances.
Piquionne sprinted down the right and sent over a cross which Cole ought to have smashed past Hennessey.
The striker missed his kick, yet his blushes were spared by Zubar, with the ball trickling off the defender's knee and into the bottom right corner.
Stearman was booked for a foul on Parker, with the crowd baying for a heavier punishment.
Upson looked a certain scorer in the 61st minute when he met a corner from Parker, but Hennessey managed to turn his header against the crossbar.
Mark Noble came off the bench to replace Stanislas after 70 minutes, and Wolves made a double switch when Steven Fletcher and David Edwards replaced George Elokobi and Hunt.
Ebanks-Blake should have equalised after 76 minutes but planted his close-range header against the bar after Fletcher picked him out with a cross from the right.
The cost of that miss was emphasised three minutes later when Sears steered Ben Haim's measured delivery from the right into the bottom left corner.
Sears, 21, celebrated exuberantly in front of the joyous home fans, who after seeing Avram Grant's side take eight points from a four-match unbeaten run can look forward to the rest of 2011 with growing optimism.
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