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By Sam Lyon
2210: I tell you what, it'll be interesting to see what Gianfranco Zola has to say about that performance. As things stand, he hasn't emerged from the dressing room yet. Hhmm. Anyway, keep an eye on this website for his reaction if/when it comes - and otherwise I will see you all for a bumper night of footy action tomorrow. We have Tottenham v Fulham in their FA Cup quarter-final replay, Aston Villa-Sunderland, Blackburn-Birmingham, Man City-Everton and Portsmouth-Chelsea in the Premier League, and a smattering of Championship fixtures too. Join me for that, will you? Nice one.
di on 606:
"Zola is out of his depth, only has 29% win rate, it just isn't good enough."
2205: Wolves manager Mick McCarthy "We've played well. The pressure was on them at home, a game they're expected to win, but we've not let them play and have put in a terrific performance. West Ham worked hard, it'd be unfair to say otherwise, but our boys deserved everything they got. It's a significant result because it's points that hopefully will keep us in the league."
Football League Danny: "Wrap up time - in the 2000 GMT Championship kick-offs, Middlesbrough beat Preston 2-0, QPR and Derby finished 1-1. In League One Southampton beat Hartlepool 3-2 and retain their distant play-off hopes. Colchester drew 3-3 with Brentford. And Southend boosted their survival hopes with a 3-0 win over Walsall. In League Two, promotion hopefuls Notts County were held 0-0 at Bradford."
2200: By the way - the rumour mill is already grinding out its latest theories at a frantic pace. If it is to be believed, Gianfranco Zola has managed his last West Ham game, with Alan Curbishley/Mark Hughes/Trevor Brooking to be drafted in. Of course if rumours are always to be believed, Tottenham would have a squad of around 438 players, so a pinch of salt might have to be taken here.
2155: And that is very much that at Upton Park. Mick McCarthy allows himself an impassioned fist punch and who can blame him - a run of seven points from three away games has seen his Wolves side pull well away from the drop zone and they look odds-on to stay up now. West Ham? Well they have it all to do. They lie three points off the drop zone and have played a game more than Hull. Hhmm.
2154: FULL-TIME West Ham 1-3 Wolves
2153: Of course that goal also means a late re-write for our match reporter, which is always fun. *Snigger*.
West Ham goal: It's too little, too late - but it is just reward for Guillermo Franco who has been lively since his introduction. The Mexican dashes on to Valon Behrami's through ball, the flag stays down, and he chips over Marcus Hahnemann brilliantly.
2151: GOALFLASH West Ham 1-3 Wolves (Franco)
Football League Danny: "An intriguing night in the Championship. Leaders Newcastle win 1-0 at Doncaster, although one suspects goalscorer Andy Carroll will be asked about more than his winning strike. The Magpie go five points clear, second-placed West Brom play tomorrow. Result of the night? Surely Blackpool 5-1 Swansea. The Swans stay fifth, but will be shell-shocked. Nottingham Forest win at home for the 12th time in a row in the league, equalling a 30-year club record. Managerless Bristol City beat Barnsley 5-3 in a goalfest, Plymouth grab a lifeline with a 2-0 win at far-from-safe Ipswich and Scunthorpe thrash poor old Peterborough 4-0. Phew."
2148: We'll have four minutes of injury time - and that's greeted by boos from the home fans, which tells you all you need to know about their feelings on this encounter. Not happy.
Andy in Aberdeen via text: "Sam, I think you should give a shout out to Ross County! They have just beaten Hibernian 2-1 to reach the Scottish Cup semi-final! CUPSET!!" Done. Bosh. Jubbly.
stonecoldsober on 606:
"I think West Ham's only saving grace this season is that Hull, Burnley and Portsmouth are all worse than them. Otherwise I think it would definitely be curtains for them."
2145: Adiene Guedioura replaces Michael Mancienne in the Wolves midfield for the last four minutes.
2144: Cracking effort from Alessandro Diamanti, left-footed from 25 yards, but Marcus Hahnemann is once again up to the challenge and he beats it round the post. This is not going to be West Ham's day.
2143: Scott Parker clips into the Wolves box but it creeps over the head of Guillermo Franco and Marcus Hahnemann punches away. West Ham not quite stopped playing just yet.
2141: Wolves are playing keep ball here, confidence streaming through their play.
2138: Ronald Zubar, on the back of his first Premier League goal, comes off to be replaced by Greg Halford. Wolves happy to use up some time making the substitution too.
2135: The best move of the second half from West Ham - but predictably it comes to nothing. Junior Stanislas's flick finds Guillermo Franco, who works the space brilliantly in the box, but his firm shot is pushed away by Marcus Hahnemann in the Wolves goal.
inoffapost on 606:
"Like someone else wrote I believe Zola is worth more than the team are giving him but the fact is they won't do it for him any more... I like the man but the players clearly don't."
Paul, a Hammers fan, via text: "On this performance West Ham deserve relegation, they haven't turned up and can't even be bothered to play."
Football League Danny: "More goal insanity. It's now Bristol City 5-3 Barnsley. And it's Blackpool 5-0 Swansea. Crikey. Meanwhile, Nottingham Forest lead Crystal Palace 2-0 and are set for a 12th successive home league win. Consistent."
2131: Apparently, according to the voices on the magic telebox on my desk here, James Tomkins was replaced earlier with a foot injury he sustained in West Ham's last game. So now you know.
2129: A couple of changes - Wolves bring Stephen Ward on for Matt Jarvis, while West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola's last throw of the dice sees Benni McCarthy replaced by Guillermo Franco.
2127: The ball is in the Wolves net - but the whistle has long since blown. Alessandro Diamati plays a ball over the top to Scott Parker, who is flagged offside, but the midfielder chips in delightfully anyway. TV Replays suggest that might have been a close call... not that the desolate Hammers players are complaining too much.
Football League Danny: "Goal insanity. Bristol City 5-2 Barnsley. The Robins might be considering sacking their manager every week if this carries on. Elsewhere, Ipswich 0-2 Plymouth and QPR 1-1 Derby."
iGooner on 606:
"I feel so sorry for Gianfranco Zola, to be honest. He has to be one of the most honest, decent and likeable managers in the Premier League and if he gets sacked it's a real pity (not sure if West Ham fans agree with me though)."
2122: Not the most pleasant of atmospheres in east London now, and I can't say you can really blame the home fans. Chants of "You're Getting Sacked in the Morning" coming in thick and fast. Alessandro Diamanti decides to take out his frustration on Kevin Doyle with a rake down the back of the striker's calf. No booking, though.
Football League Danny: "Fans of teams beating other teams 4-0 might like this. It's Scunthorpe 4-0 Peterborough. And (rather more improbably) it's Blackpool 4-0 Swansea."
Football League Danny: "Colchester 3-3 Brentford - David Prutton with the home side's equaliser. Money's worth."
Wolves goal: Actually - now it's dreamland for Wolves. David Jones is the creator again, his through ball touched wide of a couple of defenders by Matt Jarvis who then drills into the corner from 20 yards. Two goals in three minutes and we already have a fan exodus at the Boleyn.
2119: GOALFLASH West Ham 0-3 Wolves (Jarvis)
2117: A few chants of "You're not fit to wear the shirt" from the home fans greeted that goal, by the way.
Wolves goal: Dreamland for Mick McCarthy's side. Ronald Zubar sprints onto David Jones' pass wide into the box and lashes into the far corner with a brilliant strike. It took a slight deflection off Fabio Daprela but it was a fabulous strike nonetheless. Cushion for Wolves.
2116: GOALFLASH West Ham 0-2 Wolves (Zubar)
2112: Alessandro Diamanti has a pop at goal from range, but Marcus Hahnemann gets down easily to save. Up the other end, Julien Faubert almost 'does a Tomkins' but Hammers keeper Robert Green scrambles out to claim the ball just ahead of Matt Jarvis.
2110: Benni McCarthy, back on the field after some treatment, tries to head goalwards from Julien Faubert's cross but it flies a long way wide. Wolves already sitting a touch deeper it seems.
optajoe on Twitter:
"Wolves have scored only three 2nd half goals in their last 12 matches - two of them own goals."
2106: Scott Parker - surely the key to West Ham getting back into this match - tries to set Carlton Cole free in the box but there is just too much on his backpass.
Football League Danny: "Andy Carroll can't avoid the headlines. The Newcastle striker puts the Championship-leading Magpies 1-0 up at Doncaster. They go five points clear with a win."
Football League Danny: "Goalfests. Bristol City 3-2 Barnsley - Nicky Maynard restoring the Robins' lead. Colchester 2-3 Brentford - Charlie McDonald putting the Bees in front. Southampton 3-2 Hartlepool, Rickie Lambert not scoring for Saints. It was Ndiaye Papa Waigo, Neil Austin pulling one back for Pools."
2103: Back under way at the Boleyn and we have a couple of changes for West Ham, Junior Stanislas and Jonathan Spector on for James Tomkins and Radoslav Kovac.
Football League Danny: "Mixed fortunes at the top of the Championship right now. Good day = Nottingham Forest, still 1-0 up against Crystal Palace and Palace are down to 10 men. Average day = Newcastle, currently drawing 0-0 at Doncaster. Bad day = Swansea, trailing Blackpool 3-0."
Tom, West Ham fan in Epping, via text: "This display from West Ham is one of the worst I have ever seen, and I've seen some poor performances in the last 20 years... Time to give Mark Hughes a call."
2057: I have to agree with emmetmcevoy below - Wolves have looked the far more capable unit in that half. As well as the goal - a terrific finish from Kevin Doyle - Mick McCarthy's men hit the bar, had what looked a great shout for a penalty turned down and certainly looked the more incisive going forward. Still, Scott Parker's effort at the end showed West Ham are far from out of it - time for Gianfranco Zola to earn his corn at Upton Park. Burnley and Hull fans will be forgiven for hoping it stays like this, though. Where's your money?
emmetmcevoy on Twitter:
"From this showing, Wolves have more than enough quality to stay up & West Ham might have to hope other results go their way."
Football League Danny: "Re: 2028 - several Saints fans have correctly pointed out that Matt Le Tissier smashed 30 for Southampton in the 1993-94 season. I am humbled. Still pretty extraordinary from Rickie Lambert though - he's surely heading for 40 this season? Meanwhile, it's QPR 1-0 Derby, with a goal just before half-time from Lee Cook."
2045: It. Does. Not. Get. Closer. Than. That. Scott Parker drives at the Wolves box and curls a beauty past Marcus Hahnemann only to watch it bounce off the far post and roll across the goalline. The midfielder follows his own shot up but Hahnemann gets back to save his effort and the Wolves defence clears. Agonisingly close, but not close enough.
2041: As if the stat at 2033 wasn't depressing enough for Hammers fans, our friends at Infostrada Sports are piling on the gloom. West Ham have come back to pick up only one point this season after conceding the first goal - that was on 25 October 2009 in their home match against Arsenal which ended 2-2.
Sammuthegreat on 606:
"Seriously, how did we sign Kevin Doyle? He's easily good enough to lead the line for a top-10 team, maybe even a top-5 team. Top class."
Football League Danny: "Big, big goal. Wes Morgan has notched on the stroke of half-time with a right-foot strike to make it Nottingham Forest 1-0 Crystal Palace. Meanwhile, it's Blackpool 2-0 Swansea. Half-time in both those games."
2037: Wolves moving the ball about nicely now, and David Jones prompts a few heart flutters among the home fans when his 20-yarder is deflected narrowly wide of Robert Green's goal.
2035: I tell you what, Radoslav Kovac is a lucky boy. The midfielder goes in clumsily on David Jones in the West Ham box - gets nowhere near the ball - and takes out the Wolves man. Phil Dowd is having none of it, but replays suggest the Czech has got away with one.
2033: The last time West Ham came from behind to win in the Premier League, by the way, was in December 2008 in their 2-1 defeat of Stoke. How they could do with ending that run...
Football League Danny: "Championship goals aplenty. It's Scunthorpe 3-0 Peterborough - dreadful night for Posh. It's Middlesbrough 1-0 Preston thanks to Chris Killen. And Nicky Maynard has levelled for the home side to make it Bristol City 2-2 Barnsley."
2032: Benni McCarthy works a yard of space on the edge of the Wolves box before laying it back to Carlton Cole, but the Englishman's curled effort is too tame is easily saved.
Anon via text: "I've been awake for 34 hours straight and just put 32p on this ending 3-3. Who does that?"
Football League Danny: "Here's a phrase it's just easier to save somewhere, then cut and paste it when you need it - 'Rickie Lambert has scored for Southampton'. They now lead Hartlepool 2-1, Lambert's now notched 30 goals for Saints this season (plus another one early on for Bristol Rovers). He's the first Saint to achieve that in 33 years, apparently."
Wolves goal: Big games are so often about nerves - and James Tomkins's might have just failed him. The defender lets the ball get under his feet and he leaves his backpass short, Kevin Doyle nipping in to charge free and slip in his seventh of the season. Big.
2028: GOALFLASH West Ham 0-1 Wolves (Doyle)
Football League Danny: "Bradley Wright-Phillips has put Plymouth 1-0 up at Ipswich. The Pilgrims still have hopes of saving their Championship status - the Tractor Boys are not yet safe..."
2024: Wolves work the ball well down the right, but Ronald Zubar can only fire his cross behind with Matthew Upson covering. The hosts then stride upfield and Julien Faubert is frantically appealing for a corner when his cross is deflected behind by George Elokobi - but nothing is given, rightly so.
Farslayer on 606:
"West Ham have an attack good enough for any team in the EPL. Wolves have a defence good enough for any team in the EPL. The rest of the players should be thinking carefully about whether they are working hard enough for the money they are paid."
2021: Half chance for West Ham - Benni McCarthy plays in Carlton Cole in the box but, under the attentions of Jody Craddock, the Hammers striker scuffs his shot and Wolves keeper Marcus Hahnemann collects without alarm.
2018: We're 17 minutes in and West Ham are starting to click - Carlton Cole and Alessandro Diamanti combine in a fluid move to earn a corner... but it is charged down and comes to nothing. Still, encouraging from West Ham after Wolves' bright start.
Football League Danny: "Garry Thompson has made it Scunthorpe 2-0 Peterborough. Potentially vital points for the struggling Iron up for grabs - Posh are looking increasingly doomed. And it's now Bristol City 1-2 Barnsley, Daniel Bogdanovic with the second for the Tykes."
2014: Better from West Ham, Julien Faubert dashing forward from right back and whipping a low shot wide of the far post through a cluster of players.
2011: Scott Parker tries his luck from 25 yards, but unlike his superb strike against Chelsea recently, it drags along the floor and is easily collected by Marcus Hahnemann. West Ham yet to settle.
2008: Crossbar! Kevin Doyle flicks on a long punt upfield and Kevin Foley is in behind the Hammers defence. The midfielder gets a beauty of a connection on his strike and it flies past Robert Green... but off the crossbar. An inch lower and it would've been first blood Wolves.
2006: West Ham's first real foray into Wolves' final third, but George Elokobi denies first Julien Faubert and then Valon Behrami from getting a cross in from the right.
Football League Danny: "Early League One goals at St Mary's for you. Andy Monkhouse put Hartlepool 1-0 up, but Lee Barnard has quickly levelled and it's Southampton 1-1 Hartlepool. In the Championship, it's Blackpool 1-0 Swansea and Scunthorpe 1-0 Peterborough."
2003: Just as they did at the weekend against Aston Villa, Wolves looking to make their presence felt in attack early on, with Matt Jarvis and Kevin Doyle already enjoying the odd decent touch. Is it me or do West Ham look nervous?
2000: Absolutely cracking atmosphere at Upton Park - and we're under way.
Tresgnarly via text: "Re 1935: Heathcliff, it's me, McCarthy, I've come home... Sorry!"
1955: Kick off at the Boleyn in five minutes people. A reminder that victory for West Ham will see them leapfrog Wolves in the table and go six points clear of third-from-bottom Hull, while Wolves can pull themselves seven points clear of the drop zone and up to 15th with a win of their own. I dare say Mick McCarthy would take a draw - West Ham, erm, not so much.
Football League Danny: "Like goals? Try Ashton Gate. It's managerless Bristol City 1-1 Barnsley. Danny Haynes headed the Robins in front after 69 seconds, Hugo Colace levelled after 178 seconds. Crikey - could this be another Burton Albion 5-6 Cheltenham?"
Amir Mir on 606:
"It may look like two desperate teams, vowing to get three points but I reckon its going to be a cracker. Wolves to go 2-0 up, Hammers to come back with three of their own, Zola to get sent to the stands and Wolves to score two goals in the last five minutes."
HonestFrank on Twitter:
"Expect a racket at Boleyn Ground - thousands of noisy (annoying?) 'clappers' are being given away at ground to West Ham fans."
1945: As the Football League matches get under way, can I give you a nudge to another manual refresh if you want links to our 5 Live and 5 Live sports extra coverage on the right-hand side. Again they are for UK users only. But you knew that.
1942: I'm glad you asked Anon. Myself, Gianfranco and Mick (for I am on first-name basis with both, obviously) consider it to be absolutely massive, as do a fair few of you peeps on 606, text and Twitter. Some, however, reckon Hull and Burnley, assuming Portsmouth are all but down, don't have enough about them to stay up whatever the result of tonight's match. Hope that clears it up.
Anon via text: "Just out of interest, how big is this game Sam?"
Football League Danny: "Other Championship highlights tonight include Blackpool (8th) hosting Swansea (5th). QPR host Derby with both teams desperate for a win to put daylight between themselves and the drop zone. In League One, Southampton will be hoping for a good win against Hartlepool with the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final coming up on Sunday. And in League Two, Notts County want to cement their place in the top two with a win over Bradford."
SirWilliam99 on 606:
"This game's bigger for West Ham as it's one of their few 'winnable' games left. Wolves have plenty of other such games in their run to pick up points from. All the pressure is on the Hammers!"
1937: TEAM NEWS West Ham v Wolves After the loss to the Gunners, West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola makes four changes, with Julian Faubert, skipper Scott Parker and strikers Carlton Cole and Benni McCarthy drafted into the starting XI. Mick McCarthy makes two changes for Wolves, bringing Michael Mancienne into his midfield and George Elokobi at left back.
1935: Meanwhile, Wolves, unlike their opponents, are on a half decent run of form having come out of recent games against the Claret and Blues of Burnley and Aston Villa with four points. However, they have not won away at West Ham for 32 years at which time, apparently, Wuthering Heights was at number one in the charts. I am far too busy (and professional) to come up with a pun on that, but I'm sure you lot can deliver something... right?
footy_mad_dave92 on 606:
"West Ham's squad are too good to go down I feel, but they're not getting the results they deserve - which is a real shame because Zola is a top, top bloke."
1930: If you good people would be so kind as to refresh this page manually, you will find midweek score live at the top of this page (for UK users only). Don't say I never give you anything.
neill91 on 606:
"Wolves 2-0 win easy. West Ham are all over the place at the moment. HUGE game both teams seasons could depend on this result."
Football League Danny: "Most predictable team in the world? Nottingham Forest. In the league, they win at home (11 in a row), they lose away (six in a row). Luckily for Reds fans, they're at the City Ground tonight against a Crystal Palace team which finds itself in the bottom three. Game over already?"
Elpenor on 606:
"Neither Burnley nor Hull have a chance of catching West Ham or Wolves, regardless of tonight's result!"
1925: TEAMS West Ham v Wolves West Ham: Green, Faubert, Tomkins, Upson, Daprela, Behrami, Parker, Kovac, Diamanti, Cole, McCarthy. Subs: Stech, Ilan, Franco, Mido, Noble, Spector, Stanislas. Wolverhampton: Hahnemann, Zubar, Craddock, Berra, Elokobi, Foley, Mancienne, Henry, David Jones, Jarvis, Doyle. Subs: Hennessey, Ebanks-Blake, Ward, Halford, Iwelumo, Milijas, Guedioura. Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)
SherlockyHolmes on Twitter:
"Totally disagree with the premise of this game being drawn. A quite simple 2-0 win for West Ham. Mark My Words, Uncle Sam!"
1921: It would appear bobbymoorebiath is not the only one worried about Gianfranco Zola's reign at the moment either. The Italian has presided over four straight defeats recently - although three of those were against the league's top three teams - while another defeat tonight would mark their worst run of form in three years. In fact, with just six wins from their 30 league matches this season, is it any surprise Zola appears to be a man under pressure?
Football League Danny: "Newcastle will go five points clear at the top of the Championship with a win at play-off hopefuls Doncaster. The game comes amid allegations that Toon skipper Steven Taylor had a training ground bust-up with team-mate Andy Carroll - although the club is yet to comment. Carroll starts, while Joey Barton is on the bench for the first time in five months."
Dan on 606:
"Two teams + Desperate for 3 points = Draw. It's basic mathematics my dear Sam."
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Graeme, en route to a nervous Upton Park, via text: "It's so much more than a six-pointer for West Ham. Dare I say, the future of our club depends on it."
1912: And if the relegation strugglers' face-off doesn't get your juices flowing, perhaps you're more of a Football League fan? If so, Football League Danny will bring you all the latest and greatest from the lower leagues, with 15 matches across the Championship, League One and League Two. FLD won't let you miss a thing.
optajoe on Twitter:
"West Ham have played 20 Premier League games on a Tuesday and have won only one of them."
1910: So, at the risk of repeating myself - This. Is. Massive.
1907: Wolves manager Mick McCarthy is under no illusions to the potential impact of tonight's result either. "It is absolutely huge, especially for West Ham," he said. "You can all do the maths. If we win this it will put a real dent in West Ham and it would certainly put some real daylight between us and Burnley and Hull. What would it do to us psychologically? What would it do to the rest of them psychologically? If we don't lose it would be a hell of a result."
1905: Of course, don't just take my word for it. West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola says "the Wolves game will be massive." See, I told you. Oh, there's more - midfielder Scott Parker says it "probably represents our biggest game of the season," while forward Benni McCarthy believes "every game, starting tonight, is a cup final."
is a sporting cliché, used most notably in association football, describing a game between two teams with similar league positions, in leagues that employ a "three points for a win" system. Is there a better phrase to describe tonight's match between strugglers
West Ham and Wolves?
Win tonight and put real daylight between yourself and the drop zone, lose and find yourself sucked right back into the relegation mix. This. Is. Massive.
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