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West Ham   0 - 0   Blackpool

DJ Campbell and Scott Parker battle for the ball
DJ Campbell (left) battles with the impressive Scott Parker at Upton Park

By Mark Ashenden

West Ham's struggles at the foot of the table continued as they failed to break down Blackpool, who made 11 changes.

The hosts dominated the first half and were unlucky to be denied a penalty when Craig Cathcart appeared to use an arm to block Victor Obinna's volley.

Luis Boa Morte and Pablo Barrera wasted good chances and Carlton Cole hit the post as the Hammers continued to press.

But Blackpool's Marlon Harewood was guilty of the worst miss of all when he shot wide with the goal at his mercy.

Boos rang out around Upton Park at the final whistle but for a side lacking in confidence, West Ham's players produced plenty of endeavour in an entertaining encounter which lacked only a goal.

Both teams had a hatful of chances to grab a late winner but the defences held out and both managers had to be satisfied with a hard-earned point.

Defiant Holloway stands by changes

Most of the pre-match talk focused on Ian Holloway's selection policy after the Blackpool boss threatened to quit if he is punished for making 10 changes for the midweek game against Aston Villa.

He went one better this time by changing his entire starting line-up but often cut a frustrated figure on the touchline as his team carved out few opportunities in the first half, against a West Ham side without a win in their six previous league games.

In the first league meeting between the sides since 1971, long-range efforts by Elliott Grandin and Neil Eardley and a fine run by David Vaughan was all the Seasiders could offer.

All the pressure though was on the bottom-of-the-table hosts with midfielder Scott Parker demanding improvement and Kieron Dyer uttering the words "doomed" and "fear" in the build-up to the match.

Parker was a bright spark throughout but many of his team-mates looked edgy, wasting a number of opportunities in the final third of the pitch.

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Frederic Piquionne nodded wide from a corner by Barrera - on for the injured Dyer after just 15 minutes and Hammers boss Avram Grant was rueing his luck when referee Kevin Friend failed to award a penalty after defender Cathcart slid in and blocked Obinna's volley with his arm.

Blackpool had to change their keeper at the interval with Ghanaian Richard Kingson replacing Matt Gilks and his first job was almost picking the ball out of the net as Portuguese midfielder Boa Morte latched on to a cute through-ball by Parker but shot narrowly wide of the right-hand post.

The game became an end-to-end spectacle with both teams sensing the three points could be theirs but chances went begging time and again.

The irrepressible Parker burst down the left and squared the ball for Barrera to shoot straight at Evatt's legs and Barrera was again involved as substitute Cole deflected a shot on to the post.

Holloway's men looked dangerous on the counter-attack and immediately after West Ham's flurry of chances, Gary Taylor-Fletcher blazed over.

Grant delighted with Hammers display

Harewood should have settled the match against his former club when a left-wing cross arrived at his feet less than six yards from goal but he only managed to send the ball back in the direction from which it had come and out for a goal-kick.

Despite that, Blackpool looked the most likely to snatch a late winner and Robert Green had to be alert to save Cathcart's volley from four yards.

The draw, however, was enough to give them hope of further progress in the weeks ahead, while Grant was left to ponder the possible ramifications of failing to achieve the seven points from four games demanded by co-owner David Sullivan earlier this month.

After a third successive draw, they can only reach six, even if they beat Liverpool at Anfield next Saturday.

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Saturday, 13 November 2010

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
West Ham 0-0 Blackpool FT
(HT 0-0)

      West Ham

      Substitutes

      Blackpool

      Substitutes

      Ref: FriendAtt: 31,194
      WEST HAM
      BLACKPOOL

      Possession

      • West Ham 47%
      • Blackpool 53%

      Attempts on target

      • West Ham 4
      • Blackpool 5

      Attempts off target

      • West Ham 13
      • Blackpool 11

      Corners

      • West Ham 8
      • Blackpool 7

      Fouls

      • West Ham 7
      • Blackpool 7
      • Final Result
      • 93:10 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
      • Full Time
      • 90:00+2:31 Shot by Pablo Barrera from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.
      • 90:00+0:36 Benni McCarthy produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
      • 87:32 Stephen Crainey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Pablo Barrera. Free kick crossed right-footed by Mark Noble from right wing, Ian Evatt manages to make a clearance.
      • 84:46 Craig Cathcart takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save by Robert Green.
      • 84:16 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Charlie Adam, Robert Green makes a save.
      • 82:57 Marlon Harewood produces a right-footed shot from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.
      • 81:42 Richard Kingson takes the indirect free kick.
      • 81:42 Substitution Frederic Piquionne leaves the field to be replaced by Benni McCarthy.
      • 81:42 Pablo Barrera is ruled offside.
      • 80:32 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Charlie Adam by Victor Obinna. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Neal Eardley from left wing.
      • 79:59 Corner taken left-footed by Charlie Adam, Matthew Upson manages to make a clearance.
      • 79:06 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Mark Noble, clearance made by Charlie Adam.
      • 78:40 Mark Noble has an effort at goal from 18 yards. Save by Richard Kingson.
      • 76:43 Foul by Herita Ilunga on Matt Phillips, free kick awarded. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Charlie Adam.
      • 73:09 Gary Taylor-Fletcher produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.
      • 72:30 Corner taken by Victor Obinna from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by David Vaughan.
      • 72:13 Shot by Victor Obinna. Ian Evatt gets a block in.
      • 71:23 Carlton Cole produces a right-footed shot from inside the six-yard box and bounces off the post.
      • 70:16 Corner from left by-line taken by Victor Obinna.
      • 70:16 Substitution Carlton Cole on for Luis Boa Morte.
      • 69:46 Victor Obinna takes a shot. Blocked by Luke Varney.
      • 69:26 Pablo Barrera takes a shot. Blocked by Ian Evatt.
      • 69:09 The assistant referee flags for offside against Marlon Harewood. Robert Green takes the free kick.
      • 68:39 David Vaughan takes a shot. Blocked by Mark Noble.
      • 67:49 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matt Phillips by Luis Boa Morte. Neal Eardley delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, clearance by Matthew Upson.
      • 66:07 Substitution Dudley Campbell leaves the field to be replaced by Marlon Harewood.
      • 64:48 Mark Noble fouled by Luke Varney, the ref awards a free kick. Mark Noble takes the direct free kick.
      • 63:47 Corner taken by Victor Obinna played to the near post, David Vaughan makes a clearance.
      • 61:59 Foul by Daniel Gabbidon on Dudley Campbell, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Crainey.
      • 61:35 Matt Phillips challenges Lars Jacobsen unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Luis Boa Morte.
      • 59:19 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Taylor-Fletcher on Matthew Upson. Free kick taken by Lars Jacobsen.
      • 58:11 Richard Kingson takes the free kick.
      • 58:11 Substitution Elliot Grandin leaves the field to be replaced by Matt Phillips.
      • 58:11 The assistant referee flags for offside against Pablo Barrera.
      • 56:28 Charlie Adam gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mark Noble. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Gabbidon.
      • 55:57 Shot on goal by Victor Obinna from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
      • 51:33 Charlie Adam produces a left-footed shot from long range that goes over the bar.
      • 51:09 The referee penalises Dudley Campbell for handball. Direct free kick taken by Robert Green.
      • 50:10 The official flags Dudley Campbell offside. Free kick taken by Robert Green.
      • Correction - 49:13 The offside flag is raised against Pablo Barrera. Richard Kingson restarts play with the free kick.
      • 49:13 Pablo Barrera is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Richard Kingson takes the free kick.
      • 48:25 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Pablo Barrera by Stephen Crainey. Mark Noble crosses the ball in from the free kick.
      • 47:51 Shot by Luis Boa Morte from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
      • 47:21 Luke Varney takes a shot. Blocked by Lars Jacobsen.
      • 45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
      • 45:01 Substitution (Blackpool) makes a substitution, with Richard Kingson coming on for Matthew Gilks.
      • Half Time
      • 45:00+1:42 The ref blows to end the first period.
      • 45:00+0:58 Victor Obinna takes a shot. Blocked by Craig Cathcart.
      • 44:24 Free kick awarded for a foul by Mark Noble on Gary Taylor-Fletcher. Free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.
      • 43:40 Shot from deep inside the area by Pablo Barrera clears the bar.
      • 43:18 Corner from the left by-line taken by Elliot Grandin, Herita Ilunga manages to make a clearance.
      • 42:54 Luke Varney has a drilled shot. Blocked by Matthew Upson.
      • 42:40 Frederic Piquionne is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Neal Eardley.
      • 40:35 Inswinging corner taken by Charlie Adam, Header by Ian Evatt from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
      • 39:33 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Elliot Grandin.
      • 38:29 Shot by Pablo Barrera from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.
      • 37:40 Corner taken by Charlie Adam from the right by-line, save by Robert Green.
      • 35:46 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Elliot Grandin, clearance by Frederic Piquionne.
      • 34:34 Unfair challenge on Gary Taylor-Fletcher by Matthew Upson results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Charlie Adam from left channel, clearance by Frederic Piquionne.
      • 32:23 Effort on goal by Neal Eardley from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
      • 31:08 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Victor Obinna from the left by-line, clearance made by Ian Evatt.
      • 30:24 Charlie Adam takes a weak shot and went wide of the right hand post.
      • 29:43 Stephen Crainey produces a left-footed shot from long range that goes harmlessly over the bar.
      • 27:46 Daniel Gabbidon takes the free kick.
      • 27:46 Booking Charlie Adam receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
      • 27:34 Charlie Adam challenges Scott Parker unfairly and gives away a free kick.
      • 27:05 Inswinging corner taken by Victor Obinna from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Neal Eardley.
      • 26:33 Frederic Piquionne takes a shot. Craig Cathcart gets a block in.
      • 25:54 David Vaughan has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
      • 25:00 Corner taken by Pablo Barrera, Header from deep inside the area by Frederic Piquionne goes over the bar.
      • 24:34 Victor Obinna takes a shot. Craig Cathcart gets a block in.
      • 21:28 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Ian Evatt.
      • 20:43 Victor Obinna is caught offside. Neal Eardley takes the indirect free kick.
      • 18:19 Shot from 18 yards from Elliot Grandin. Save made by Robert Green.
      • 17:13 Substitution Pablo Barrera on for Kieron Dyer.
      • 16:17 Herita Ilunga challenges Dudley Campbell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Craig Cathcart takes the direct free kick.
      • 13:21 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Victor Obinna, Daniel Gabbidon has a header from inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.
      • 8:44 Effort from 20 yards by Dudley Campbell. Robert Green makes a comfortable save.
      • 7:24 Mark Noble produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.
      • 6:21 Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Dudley Campbell misses to the right of the target.
      • 0:00 The match begins.

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      Barclays Premier League table snapshot

      As it stood on 13 Nov 2010 23:59 UK

      Position Team P GD PTS
      1 Chelsea 12 23 28
      2 Man Utd 13 11 25
      3 Arsenal 12 13 23
      4 Man City 13 5 22
      5 Bolton 13 2 19
      6 Tottenham 13 1 19
      7 Newcastle 13 5 18
      8 Aston Villa 13 -3 17
      9 Sunderland 12 -1 16
      10 Stoke 13 -3 16
      11 Liverpool 13 -4 16
      12 West Brom 13 -6 16
      13 Everton 12 2 15
      14 Blackburn 13 -3 15
      15 Blackpool 13 -7 15
      16 Fulham 13 0 14
      17 Wigan 13 -11 14
      18 Birmingham 13 -3 13
      19 Wolves 13 -10 9
      20 West Ham 13 -11 9

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