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2010-11 Barclays Premier League

BOLTON WANDERERS : Barclays Premier League

ASTON VILLA : Barclays Premier League

Villa Park

0 - 3

14 August 2010

Att: 36,604

Ref: M. Dean

Upton Park

1 - 3 (Noble [pen])

21 August 2010

Att: 32,533

Ref: A. Mariner

Green

Reid

Tomkins (Diamanti)

Upson

Ilunga

Faubert

Parker

Kovac (Piquionne)

Noble

Boa Morte (Barrera)

Cole

Green

Faubert

Gabbidon

Upson (Reid)

Ilunga

Dyer (McCarthy)

Parker

Noble

Barrera

Piquionne

Cole (Sears)

OXFORD UNITED : Carling Cup (Third Round)

West Ham United's 2010-11 Barclays Premier League challenge got off to a stuttering start in the shape of a comprehensive defeat at Aston Villa. Despite the departure of manager Martin O'Neill just five days previously, the home side were deserved victors at Villa Park. England winger Stewart Downing opening the scoring - albeit from a clearly offside position - on 15 minutes after youngster Marc Albrighton volleyed Robert Green's punch back across the goalmouth. The lead was doubled five minutes before half-time when another England wideman, Ashley Young, crossed from the right for Bulgarian Stiliyan Petrov to run on and head powerfully past Green from eight yards. The rout was complete when Albrighton cut inside James Tomkins before laying the ball to the edge of the penalty area, where James Milner was on hand to sweep a low shot past Green with his left foot.

Johan Elmander scored twice at Upton Park as Bolton extended their winning run against West Ham to seven matches. Bolton weathered a first-half hammering - including a missed penalty from Carlton Cole - before snatching the lead with a Matthew Upson own goal four minutes after the restart. Elmander planted a near-post header past Robert Green before West Ham secured a lifeline, when Scott Parker won a second penalty and Mark Noble converted. But Elmander, who last scored twice in a match in November 2008, wrapped up the points with a low shot past Green after some more slack defending.

10_08_14 Aston Villa v. WHU

WINSTON REID, FREDERIC PIQUIONNE and PABLO BARRERA all make their Hammers debut against Aston Villa at Villa Park

10_08_21 WHU v. Bolton Wanderers 10_08_24 WHU v. Oxford United CC2

Stech

Faubert

Tomkins

Spector

Ben-Haim

Barrera

Parker

Noble

Stanislas (Cole)

Sears (McCarthy)

Piquionne

MAREK STECH and TAL BEN-HAIM make their Hammers debut at Upton Park

Upton Park

1 - 0 (Parker)

24 August 2010

Att: 20,902

Referee: J. Linington

10_08_28 Manchester United v. WHU

MANCHESTER UNITED : Barclays Premier League

Green

Spector

Gabbidon

Upson

Ilunga

Faubert (Barrera)

Parker

Noble

Boa Morte (Stanislas)

Dyer (Piquionne)

Cole

Old Trafford

0 - 3

28 August 2010

Att: 75.061

Referee:

M. Clattenburg

A contentious first-half penalty ruined West Ham United's hopes of earning a hard-fought point at Manchester United. The Hammers had more than held their own for the opening half-hour at Old Trafford, with both Kieron Dyer and Carlton Cole looking dangerous on the counter-attack. However, just when it appeared that Avram Grant's men had weathered the early storm, referee Mark Clattenburg awarded a spot-kick for Jonathan Spector's innocuous-looking challenge on former Red Devils team-mate Ryan Giggs. Wayne Rooney jinked up to the ball before sending Green the wrong way from 12 yards. Having gone ahead, Sir Alex Ferguson's team took control of affairs. Nani added a second, five minutes after half-time and then lifted an inch-perfect cross to the far post, where Dimitar Berbatov connected with an unstoppable scissor-kick that flew past Green to wrap up a 3-0 scoreline.

10_09_11 WHU v. Chelsea

Green

Jacobsen

Ben-Haim

Upson

Ilunga

Parker

Behrami (Piquionne)

Noble

Boa Morte (Dyer)

Cole

Obinna

CHELSEA : Barclays Premier League

Upton Park

1 - 3 (Parker)

11 September 2010

Att: 33,014

Referee: C. Foy

LARS JACOBSEN and VICTOR OBINNA make their Hammers debut against Chelsea at Upton Park

West Ham United's disappointing start to the 2010/11 Barclays Premier League season continued with a 3-1 home defeat by champions Chelsea. The Hammers fell behind within two minutes to a Michael Essien goal and when Salomon Kalou netted a fortuitous second on 18 minutes, Avram Grant's side were left with a mountain to climb. While Essien's opener was down to loose marking - the Ghanaian was allowed time and space to head Didier Drogba's left-wing corner powerfully past Robert Green - Kalou's effort could be blamed on sheer bad luck. When Green mis-handled Drogba's dipping free-kick, it appeared danger would be averted when Matthew Upson got to the ball first, only for the captain's clearance to cannon off Kalou's right heel and loop into the unguarded net. The Hammers' resistance cracked for a third time on 83 minutes, though, as Essien added his second of the game with another unstoppable header. A deserved consolation goal for the Hammers came two minutes later. Cech could only punch Mark Noble's corner to Scott Parker, who sent the ball sailing back over the goalkeeper with a beautifully-judged lob-volley.

10_09_18 Stoke City v. WHU

STOKE CITY : Barclays Premier League

Britannia Stadium

1 - 1 (Parker)

18 September 2010

Att: 27,028

Referee: L. Mason

Green

Jacobsen

Da Costa

Upson

Gabbidon

Behrami (Kovac)

Parker

Noble

Piquionne

Obinna (Boa Morte)

Cole

Scott Parker's third goal in four matches helped West Ham United pick up their first point of the Barclays Premier League season courtesy of a 1-1 draw at Stoke City. The in-form Hammer of the Year prodded home from close-range after Carlton Cole and Matthew Upson had worked hard to keep the ball alive from Victor Obinna's right-wing free-kick on 32 minutes. Frederic Piquionne came within inches of doubling the visitors' advantage at the Britannia Stadium two minutes later, only for his wicked 25-yard effort to cannon to safety off Thomas Sorensen's crossbar. The Dane was also called into action twice in quick succession midway through the second half, turning aside a shot from Obinna before clawing Manuel da Costa's downward header out as it flew towards his bottom left-hand corner. Sorensen's good work was rewarded by Kenwyne Jones three minutes after half-time. The Trinidad and Tobago striker, whose height and aerial ability caused problems for the West Ham rearguard all afternoon, out-jumped Da Costa to power Jermaine Pennant's inch-perfect cross into the net from no more than two yards.

10_09_21 Sunderland v. WHU CC3 10_09_25 WHU v. Tottenham Hotspur 10_10_02 WHU v. Fulham 10_10_16 Wolves v. WHU

WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS : Barclays Premier League

10_10_23 WHU v. Newcastle United

NEWCASTLE UNITED : Barclays Premier League

Nigeria international Victor Obinna dashed Sunderland's Carling Cup dreams as West Ham tasted victory against Barclays Premier League opposition for the first time this season. The 23-year-old struck 14 minutes after the break to send the Hammers into the fourth round courtesy of a deserved win at the Stadium of Light. They took the lead with 35 minutes gone when Frederic Piquionne rounded Simon Mignolet to fire home. The Black Cats were indebted to their Belgian goalkeeper when, having already denied both Obinna and Piquionne in quick succession, he kept out Scott Parker's effort from point-blank range. The Wearsiders were a shadow of the outfit which took a point from Arsenal at the weekend and they surrendered tamely in front of a disgruntled crowd of 21,907. The Hammers, for whom skipper Parker was outstanding, will hope to repeat the feat at home to Tottenham on Saturday as they attempt to claim their first three-point haul of the campaign.

10_10_27 WHU v. Stoke City CC4 10_10_30 Arsenal v. WHU 10_11_06 Birmingham City 10_11_10 WHU v. WBA 10_11_13 WHU v. Blackpool

Scott Parker came up with a winner deep into stoppage time to spare West Ham Carling Cup humiliation. Parker smashed home Frederic Piquionne's cross but the timing was harsh on the visitors who had been stubborn and organised throughout and at least deserved a crack at the Hammers in extra time. But while West ham manager Avram Grant will be thankful to have avoided a cup giant-killing this performance only laid bare the size of his task at Upton Park. The truth is the result was harsh on Oxford who for long periods of this match matched their top-flight opponents, so much so that it was difficult to determine who were the big-time team. It was the same old story from West Ham. Lots of neat passing and fluid movement but no real penetration.

SUNDERLAND : Carling Cup (Third Round)

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Barclays Premier League

FULHAM : Barclays Premier League

STOKE CITY : Carling Cup (Fourth Round)

BLACKPOOL : Barclays Premier League

WEST BROMWICH ALBION : Barclays Premier League

ARSENAL : Barclays Premier League

BIRMINGHAM CITY : Barclays Premier League

Stadium of Light

2 - 1 (Piquionne, Obinna)

21 September 2010

Att: 21,907

Referee: H. Webb

The Hammers picked up their first win of the season thanks to Frederic Piquionne's headed goal against local rivals Tottenham Hotspur. The goal saw Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp suffer his first defeat against former club West Ham as a manager. Piquionne's first-half header also gave West Ham their first league win of the season in a thrilling London derby at Upton Park. It was no more than West Ham deserved as they showed the grit and determination which manager Avram Grant will need to see more of if they are to avoid relegation this season. Goalkeeper Robert Green also made a string of athletic saves as he continued his rehabilitation following his World Cup howler for England, including one from Luka Modric in the first half which was a candidate for save of the season. West Ham were hoping to build on their midweek Carling Cup victory against Sunderland and the confidence oozed from them, especially in the first half.

West Ham sank to the foot of the Premier League table despite battling back from Clint Dempsey's goal to salvage a point in the London derby against Fulham. Dempsey, who humiliated Green 112 days ago at the World Cup, beat the England stopper from 12 yards with a volley after 32 minutes as Fulham ended a bruising first-half 1-0 up. Any hopes of a first league away win in 13 months were dashed by Frederic Piquionne, who leapt unmarked in the box to nod past Mark Schwarzer. Wigan's win over Wolves, and Everton's first win of the season at Birmingham mean the Hammers dropped back to the bottom of the pile despite extending their unbeaten run in all competitions to four matches.

The Barclays Premier League basement battle between Wolves and West Ham ended all square at Molineux after Mark Noble's penalty salvaged a point for the visitors. Wanderers took the lead in the 10th minute thanks to Matt Jarvis, who volleyed home after Robert Green had failed to clear a cross. But Noble made no mistake from the spot in the 53rd minute, lashing the ball past Marcus Hahnemann. A point each means Wolves remain in 19th place in the table with West Ham below them at the bottom of the pile. Both sides went into the match knowing a win would lift them out of the relegation zone and it was the hosts, without a win in six league fixtures, who made the more positive start.

Avram Grant's side started the match with all the confidence you would expect from a team that was unbeaten in its previous four outings. The Hammers took the lead against the Magpies through Carlton Cole before slumping to a 2-1 loss. In the 12th minute Frederic Piquionne springs the offside trap to race on to Mark Noble's fine pass. The Frenchman scuffs his left-footed shot across the face of goal and  England forward Carlton Cole is there to apply the finishing touch from close-range. However that was to be West Ham's only shot on target during the entire game as Grant's team simply collapsed against a team who were playing second division football less than six months earlier. Magpies Kevin Nolan netted the equaliser on 23 minutes after good work from Andy Carroll, who headed home the winner in the second half. The result leaves West Ham rotted to the bottom of the Premier League table.

West Ham's substitutes came to Avram Grant's rescue as they helped seal a place in the Carling Cup quarter-finals with an extra-time victory over Stoke. The Potters looked set to pile the pressure on Hammers boss Grant after the home side missed several chances to cancel out Kenwyne Jones' early opener at Upton Park. But captain Scott Parker finally equalised with six minutes of normal time remaining before Manuel Da Costa and substitute Victor Obinna completed the turnaround. Bottom of the Barclays Premier League, the Hammers looked set to crash out of the League Cup until the second-half introduction of Obinna, Mark Noble and Valon Behrami. Grant was once again looking to use the competition to kick-start his side's season, while the visitors were keen to bounce back from two straight defeats.

Alex Song's late header gave Barclays Premier League title chasers Arsenal a narrow victory over West Ham to deny the bottom club a deserved point at Emirates Stadium. Robert Green, in front of watching England boss Fabio Capello's assistant Franco Baldini, had pulled off a string of fine saves to keep the Gunners at bay. However, with just two minutes left, Song dived to head home Gael Clichy's cross as Arsene Wenger's improving side kept up the pressure on leaders Chelsea. Arsenal had plenty of momentum going into this afternoon's game after following up impressive Champions League performances with victory at Manchester City and marching into the quarter-finals of the Carling Cup. However, Wenger had warned against complacency, with the Irons looking to battle their way clear of the relegation zone.

Rock-bottom West Ham were denied all three points as Birmingham City scored twice in nine second-half minutes to rescue a point at St Andrew's. Blues keeper Ben Foster brilliantly denied Carlton Cole but low finishes by Frederic Piquionne and Valon Behrami gave the visitors the upper hand. The home side rallied and Cameron Jerome struck after a knockdown from Nikola Zigic before Liam Ridgewell pounced on a rebound to equalise. Jerome then saw a shot deflected against the woodwork by Danny Gabbidon. It was a result that scarcely seemed possible when the Hammers scored twice after the break to put themselves on course for a first away success in the Premier League since the opening day of the 2009-10 campaign.

West Ham were once again left frustrated and remain bottom of the Barclays Premier League as they were held to a 2-2 draw by West Brom at Upton Park. Peter Odemwingie had put the Baggies in front from the penalty spot in the 38th minute. However, Scott Parker smashed in a 25-yard effort to level before the break and Frederic Piquionne put the Hammers ahead from the spot at the start of the second half - only for Pablo Ibanez to deny Avram Grant's men a much-needed first league win since September 25.

Bottom club West Ham were again frustrated as Blackpool's all-changed XI held them to a goalless 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 this encounter. 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.

10_11_20 Liverpool v. WHU 10_11_27 WHU v. Wigan Athletic 10_11_30 WHU v. Manchester United QF 10_12_05 Sunderland v. WHU 10_12_11 WHU v. Manchester City 10_12_18 Blackburn Rovers v. WHU 10_12_26 Fulham v. WHU 10_12_28 WHU v. Everton

LIVERPOOL : Barclays Premier League

WIGAN ATHLETIC : Barclays Premier League

MANCHESTER UNITED : Carling Cup (Semi-Final)

SUNDERLAND : Barclays Premier League

MANCHESTER CITY : Barclays Premier League

BLACKBURN ROVERS : Barclays Premier League

FULHAM : Barclays Premier League

EVERTON : Barclays Premier League

Stech

Faubert

Ben-Haim

Tomkins

Da Costa

Obinna (Dyer)

Parker

Boa Morte

Barrera (Noble)

Kovac

Piquionne (Cole)

Upton Park

1 - 0 (Piquionne)

25 September 2010

Att: 34,190

Referee: M. Atkinson

Green

Jacobsen

Da Costa

Upson

Gabbidon

Dyer (Barrera)

Parker

Noble

Boa Morte

Obinna (Kovac)

Piquionne

Green

Jacobsen

Da Costa

Upson

Gabbidon

Barrera (Cole)

Parker

Noble

Boa Morte

Obinna

Piquionne

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Piquionne)

2 October 2010

Att: 34,589

Refereee: A. Marriner

Molineux

1 - 1 (Noble)

16 October 2010

Att: 28,582

Referee: M. Clattenburg

Green

Jacobsen

Ben-Haim

Da Costa

Gabbidon

Dyer (Cole)

Parker

Noble

Boa Morte

Obinna

Piquionne

Upton Park

1 - 2 (Cole)

23 October 2010

Att: 34,486

Referee: C. Foy

Green

Jacobsen

Da Costa

Upson (Ilunga)

Gabbidon

Behrami (Barrera)

Parker

Noble

Obinna

Cole

Piquionne (McCarthy)

Upton Park

3 - 1 aet (Parker, Da Costa, Obinna)

27 October 2010

Att: 25,304

Referee: H. Webb

Stech

Faubert

Tomkins

Da Costa

Ben-Haim

Barrera

Parker

Kovac (Obinna)

Boa Morte (Behrami)

McCarthy (Noble)

Cole

Emerates Stadium

0 - 1

30 October 2010

Att: 60,086

Referee: M. Jones

Green

Jacobsen

Da Costa

Gabbidon

Ilunga

Parker

Behrami (Barrera)

Noble

Boa Morte

Obinna (Faubert)

Piquionne (Cole)

Green

Jacobsen

Gabbidon

Upson

Ilunga

Behrami

Parker

Boa Morte (Dyer)

Obinna (Kovac)

Cole

Piquionne

St. Andrew's

2 - 2 (Behrami, Piquionne)

6 November 2010

Att: 26,474

Referee: M. Oliver

Upton Park

2 - 2 (Parker, Piquionne [pen])

10 November 2010

Att: 33,023

Referee: M. Dean

Green

Ilunga

Gabbidon

Upson

Jacobsen

Boa Morte (Kovac)

Parker

Dyer

Barrera (McCarthy)

Cole (Obinna)

Piquionne

Upton Park

0 - 0

13 November 2010

Att: 31,194

Referee: K. Friend

Green

Jacobsen

Gabbidon

Upson

Ilunga

Boa Morte (Cole)

Parker

Noble

Dyer (Barrera)

Obinna

Piquionne (McCarthy)

Anfield

0 - 3

20 November 2010

Att: 43,024

Referee: L. Probert

Green

Jacobsen

Gabbidon

Upson

Ilunga (Tomkins)

Noble

Kovac

Boa Morte

Obinna (Barrera)

Cole (McCarthy)

Piquionne

Upton Park

3 - 1 (Behrami, Obinna, Parker)

27 November 2010

Att: 34,178

Referee: M. Halsey

Green

Jacobsen (Reid)

Tomkins

Upson

Gabbidon

Behrami

Barrera

Parker ( Kovac)

Stanislas

Piquionne (Cole)

Obinna

Upton Park

4 - 0 (Cole 2, Spector 2)

30 November 2010

Att: 33,551

Referee: M. Clattenburg

Green

Faubert

Tomkins (Reid)

Upson

Ben-Haim

Barrera (Hines)

Kovac

Spector

Boa Morte

Cole (Stanislas)

Obinna

Stadium of Light

0 - 1

5 December 2010

Att: 36,940

Referee: M. Atkinson

Green

Gabbidon

Tomkins

Upson

Ben-Haim (Faubert)

Dyer (Hines)

Parker

Spector

Boa Morte (Piquionne)

Cole

Obinna

Upton Park

1 - 3 (Tomkins)

11 December 2010

Att: 32,813

Referee: M. Dowd

Green

Faubert

Tomkins

Upson

Ben-Haim

Barrera (Cole)

Spector

Parker

Stanislas (Dyer)

Piquionne (Hines)

Obinna

Ewood Park

1 - 1 (Stanislas)

18 December 2010

Att: 21,934

Referee: M. Dean

Boffin

Ben-Haim

Tomkins

Upson

Gabbidon

Barrera (Stanislas)

Parker

Dyer (McCarthy)

Spector (Cole)

Piquionne

Boa Morte

Craven Cottage

3 - 1 (Cole 2, Piquionne)

26 December 2010

Att: 25,332

Referee: M. Halsey

Green

Ben-Haim

Tomkins

Upson

Gabbidon

Sears

Parker

Kovac

Stanislas

Cole

Piquionne (Nouble)

Upton Park

1 - 1 ([og])

28 December 2010

Att: 33,422

Referee: H. Webb

Green

Faubert

Tomkins

Upson

Ilunga (Spector)

Sears

Parker

Kovac

Boa Morte

Obinna (Hines)

Piquionne (Cole)

10_08_14 Aston Villa v. WHU 10_08_24 WHU v. Oxford United CC2 10_08_28 Manchester United v. WHU 01 10_09_18 Stoke City v. WHU 10_09_21 Sunderland v. WHU 10_10_16 Wolves v. WHU 10_10_30 Arsenal v. WHU 10_11_06 Birmingham City v. WHU 10_11_20 Liverpool v. WHU 10_12_11 WHU v. Manchester City 10_12_26 Fulham v. WHU 10_12_28 WHU v. Everton CONTINUE 2

Manager : Avram Grant

SECOND-HALF

Aston Villa:

Friedel, Young L., Clark, Dunne, Warnock, Downing, Albrighton (Bannan), Petrov, Milner (Reo-Coker), Young A. (Weimann), Carew.

 

Bolton Wanderers:

Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Knight, Cahill, Robinson,Lee (Taylor), Muamba, Holden, Petrov (Blake),Kevin Davies, Elmander (Mark Davies).

 

Oxford United:

Clarke, Purkiss, Wright, Worley, Tonkin, Hall,Bulman (Baker), Heslop, Potter (Green), Constable,Cole (Clist).

 

Manchester United:

Van der Sar, O'Shea, Vidic, Jonathan Evans (Smalling), Evra, Nani, Scholes (Carrick), Fletcher, Giggs, Rooney, Berbatov (Owen).

Chelsea:

Cech, Ferreira, Ivanovic, Terry (Alex 82), Cole, Essien, Mikel, Ramires, Anelka (Kakuta 76), Drogba, Kalou (Malouda 84).

 

Stoke City:

Sorensen, Huth, Shawcross, Faye, Collins, Pennant (Whelan), Delap, Whitehead, Etherington,Walters (Fuller), Jones (Gudjohnsen).

 

Sunderland:

Mignolet, Bardsley, Onuoha,Ferdinand (Da Silva), Richardson, Elmohamady, Henderson (Zenden), Riveros, Welbeck, Bent,Gyan (Malbranque).

 

Tottenham Hotspur:

Cudicini, Hutton, Corluka, Bassong, Bale, Lennon (Keane), Huddlestone, Jenas, Modric, Van der Vaart (Giovani), Crouch (Pavlyuchenko).

 

Fulham:

Schwarzer, Baird, Hangeland, Hughes, Salcido, Davies (Riise), Etuhu, Murphy, Duff (Gera), Eddie Johnson (Kamara), Dempsey.

 

Wolverhampton Wanderers:

Hahnemann, Foley, Craddock (Stearman), Berra, Ward, Edwards (Ebanks-Blake), Mancienne, David Jones, Jarvis, Fletcher (Van Damme), Doyle.

Newcastle United:

Krul, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Jose Enrique, Barton, Nolan, Tiote, Gutierrez, Carroll, Ameobi.

 

Stoke City:

Begovic, Huth, Wilkinson, Shawcross, Higginbotham, Pennant (Pugh), Whitehead, Whelan, Sanli (Delap), Walters, Jones (Gudjohnsen).

 

Arsenal:

Fabianski, Sagna, Squillaci, Koscielny, Clichy, Song, Denilson (Walcott), Nasri, Fabregas, Arshavin (Bendtner),Chamakh (Eboue).

Birmingham City:

Foster, Carr, Johnson, Dann, Ridgewell, Larsson, Ferguson, Hleb (Beausejour), Fahey (Gardner), Jerome (Bowyer), Zigic.

 

West Bromwich Albion:

Carson, Cech, Pablo, Tamas, Reid, Scharner, Brunt, Thomas (Barnes), Dorrans (Cox), Morrison,Odemwingie (Fortune).

Blackpool:

Gilks (Kingson 46), Eardley, Cathcart, Evatt,Crainey, Adam, Vaughan, Grandin (Phillips 59), Taylor-Fletcher,Campbell (Harewood 67), Varney.

 

Liverpool's first-half barrage secured an easy win over a West Ham side that looked worryingly weak at Anfield. Former Hammer Glen Johnson cracked a low shot past over-worked Robert Green to give the hosts an 18th-minute lead. Dirk Kuyt then coolly slotted home a penalty after lively Fernando Torres had caused Danny Gabbidon to handle. Maxi Rodriquez nodded in a simple third before half time, while bottom-of-the-table West Ham created nothing in a largely stale second period. Now with just one win in 14 Premier League matches this season, Avram Grant's Hammers were desperate for something positive from their trip to the north-west - a performance if not a tangible result - to convince supporters that their team is not destined for relegation.

Liverpool:

Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Skrtel, Konchesky, Kuyt, Meireles (Shelvey), Poulsen, Maxi, Torres (Babel), Ngog (Aurelio).

 

West Ham United eased the pressure on manager Avram Grant with victory over Wigan in what had been labelled the "Save Our Season" game. There was a mixture of relief and elation around Upton Park as the Hammers secured only their second Premier League win of the season. West Ham remain rooted to the foot of the table, but Grant and his players can at least take comfort from an improved performance, and more importantly all the three points. After a nervous opening, Valon Behrami released the growing tension 11 minutes before the interval by bundling home Frederic Piquionne's header inside the area. Victor Obinna's first league goal of the season doubled the lead early in the second half, although they still had to survive a scare before sealing what was ultimately a comfortable win. Wigan were awarded a penalty after Danny Gabbidon fouled Tom Cleverley, but substitute Mauro Boselli was inexplicably allowed to take responsibility only moments after coming on, with West Ham keeper Robert Green almost inevitably saving. West Ham grabbed gratefully at the let-off and the outstanding Scott Parker swept home a third from Obinna's cross after 75 minutes

Wigan Athletic:

Al Habsi, Stam, Gohouri, Steven Caldwell, Figueroa,Gomez (Moses), Diame, Thomas (Watson), Cleverley, N'Zogbia, Di Santo (Boselli).

 

From a season of few highlights for the Hammers, this thumping victory over a Manchester United side including the likes of Jonny Evans, Ryan Giggs and Javier Hernandez was certainly one of them. Holders Manchester United were sent crashing out of the Carling Cup as West Ham unleashed a shock 4-0 victory at Upton Park. Avram Grant's side put their Premier League woes aside for the evening as their commanding triumph booked them a spot in the semi-finals and condemned league leaders United to their first defeat in all competitions since April. A snowy night in East London saw some remarkable individual displays from the Hammers, with Jonathan Spector and Carlton Cole doing the damage for the hosts with two goals apiece. Former United man Spector, stepping in for benched captain Scott Parker in midfield, got the hosts' assault going as he notched a first-half brace to put the home side 2-0 up at the break. And it fell to striker Cole to pick up where the American left off in the second half as he netted a double of his own, capitalising on some superb work from Victor Obinna to seal the decisive triumph.

Manchester United:

Kuszczak, O'Shea, Smalling, Evans (Brown), Fabio Da Silva (Rafael Da Silva), Obertan, Fletcher, Anderson, Giggs, Hernandez, Bebe (Macheda).

 

Jordan Henderson's first goal of the season sent West Ham back to the foot of the Barclays Premier League table as Sunderland ended their recent revival with a 1-0 win. The 20-year-old England international struck 11 minutes before the break to give his side an advantage they refused to surrender despite second half pressure from the visitors. Victor Obinna came closest to snatching a point with a 79th-minute effort which hit the outside of the post, but the Black Cats were good value for a victory which left them in seventh place. Manager Steve Bruce has spent much of the season to date pleading with his midfielders to help out strikers Darren Bent and Asamoah Gyan on the goals front, and Henderson's contribution will have been as welcome to him as it was to the bulk of a crowd of 36,940 on a bitterly cold Wearside afternoon. The Hammers arrived on Wearside still basking in the glory of their midweek Carling Cup demolition of Manchester United, but knowing the revival they launched in the league with last weekend's 3-1 win over Wigan was the overwhelming priority. Avram Grant's men had climbed from the foot of the table without kicking a ball as a result of Wolves' defeat at Blackburn 24 hours earlier, and as the only side to have won at the Stadium of Light this season - a 2-1 Carling Cup success in September - they had high hopes of extending a run of six games which had brought just one defeat.

 

Sunderland:

Gordon, Onuoha, Mensah, Ferdinand, Bardsley, Henderson (Elmohamady), Cattermole, Richardson, Welbeck, Bent (Malbranque), Gyan (Zenden).

Manchester City served notice of their title ambitions by outclassing West Ham to move level on points with Arsenal at the top of the Premier League. City took a deserved lead when the superb Yaya Toure fired past Robert Green from Gareth Barry's cut-back. And they made it two at a subdued Upton Park as Yaya Toure's shot hit a post and went in off Green's back. Adam Johnson rounded Green to seal the points before James Tomkins headed a consolation for rock-bottom West Ham. The result sees big-spending City leapfrog Chelsea and Manchester United to join Arsenal on 32 points. West Ham, by contrast, stay bottom of the league on 12 points with only two wins all season.

Manchester City:

Hart, Boateng, Toure, Kompany, Zabaleta, De Jong, Barry, Jo, Toure Yaya, Silva (Milner), Balotelli (Adam Johnson).

 

Substitute Junior Stanislas earned West Ham a priceless point with a 78th-minute equaliser at Ewood Park to deny Blackburn caretaker manager Steve Kean a win in his first game in charge. With West Ham boss Avram Grant enduring another week of speculation about his future, it was an important match for both managers, and, after a woeful first half, it was Blackburn who made the breakthrough in the 51st minute thanks to the scrappiest of goals from Ryan Nelsen. Defeat would certainly have been harsh on the visitors, who were easily the more creative side, and they got their reward when Stanislas fired an unstoppable shot into the far corner. The point was not enough to lift West Ham off the bottom of the table but they did close to within two points of Wolves. Staff at Ewood Park had spent all morning clearing the pitch, stands and surrounding areas of snow and their efforts were rewarded as the match was the only one of the scheduled 3pm kick-offs in the Barclays Premier League to go ahead. Grant was forced into a change in goal after Robert Green underwent a minor operation to remove a cyst earlier this week, meaning a West Ham debut for 23-year-old Belgian Ruud Boffin. It was the first time Green had failed to start a league game for the Hammers for almost four years, and Grant's problems continued to mount before kick-off as Valon Behrami, who had been a doubt, was replaced by Jonathan Spector at the 11th hour.

 

Blackburn Rovers:

Robinson, Salgado, Samba (Jones), Nelsen, Givet, Emerton, Mame Diouf, Dunn, Pedersen, El-Hadji Diouf, Roberts (Mwaruwari), Jones (Hanley).

 

West Ham signalled their intent to become only the second club to stay up after being bottom of the Barclays Premier League on Christmas Day by ending their 27-game wait for an away win this afternoon. Carlton Cole was gifted a Boxing Day double as the Hammers came from behind to stun Fulham at Craven Cottage and temporarily haul themselves off the foot of the table. Cole netted twice after being inadvertently played in by Dickson Etuhu and Aaron Hughes at a chilly Craven Cottage, easing the pressure on manager Avram Grant. The heat is now well and truly on opposite number Mark Hughes, whose side threw away namesake Aaron's first goal for more than six years, with Frederic Piquionne also on the scoresheet for the Hammers. The Cottagers boss left the field to chants of "Hughes out!" after earlier enduring taunts of "You don't know what you're doing!" Grant's own pre-match desperation was summed up by Freddie Sears being handed his first Barclays Premier League start since March 2009 in one of five changes for the visitors. The 21-year-old striker, recalled early from a loan spell at Scunthorpe, had scored just one goal in his entire 71-match professional career.

 

Fulham:

Schwarzer, Pantsil, Hughes, Hangeland, Salcido,Dempsey (Duff), Murphy, Etuhu (Eddie Johnson), Davies, Gera, Andrew Johnson.

 

West Ham blew the chance to haul themselves out of the Barclays Premier League drop zone as Everton claimed a deserved 1-1 draw at Upton Park. The Hammers, who had climbed off the foot of the table thanks to Sunday's victory at Fulham, took the lead when Tony Hibbert diverted Radoslav Kovac's tame overhead kick into his own net. The visitors hit back three minutes before half-time through Seamus Coleman before Carlton Cole wasted a glorious opportunity to win it for the home side. After ending their 27-game wait for an away win in the league two days earlier, the Hammers were looking for back-to-back top-flight victories for the first time this season. But they were up against an Everton side who had won on their last four visits to Upton Park and had come away with a victory at table-topping Manchester City last time out. Curiously opting to play Tim Cahill as a lone frontman and leave three strikers on the bench, the visitors nevertheless went close to an early opener when Sylvain Distin ghosted in behind the Hammers defence but his touch took him too wide to shoot on target. West Ham, who rested Craven Cottage hero Cole, had enjoyed more than one slice of luck in that 3-1 win at Fulham and they got another to take a 16th-minute lead. Tim Howard parried a James Tomkins header from a corner to Kovac, whose overhead kick looked harmless but took a huge deflection off Hibbert and into the net, instantly cranking up the noise levels at Upton Park.

 

Everton:

Howard, Neville, Hibbert, Distin, Baines, Coleman, Rodwell (Yakubu), Arteta (Bilyaletdinov), Fellaini, Pienaar (Beckford), Cahill.

 

New manager Avram Grant raided the transfer market and made five acquisitions. German international midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger arrived from Lazio, and exciting Mexican winger Pablo Barrera came from Puma FC. Avram then went back to his former club Portsmouth and bought forward Frederic Piquionne together with full-back Tal Ben Haim. Lastly, after good displays in the World Cup the New Zealand defender Winston Reid was purchased.

A bad start with four successive defeats sent the Hammers to the bottom of the table. There was relief in the League Cup with a narrow 1–0 home win over Oxford United followed by a 2–1 victory at Sunderland. A further two new players arrived when Nigerian forward Victor Obinna was joined by Danish full-back Lars Jacobsen. The first league victory came in September with a 1–0 home win against rivals Tottenham Hotspur courtesy of a headed goal from Piquionne.

There were away draws at Wolves and Birmingham but the team were still struggling at the bottom. Progress was made in the League Cup as Stoke City were beaten 3–1 at the Boleyn Ground to set up a quarter-final home tie with Manchester United. It was a night to remember and was midfielder Jonathan Spector’s finest hour. Spector scored twice and two more from Carlton Cole gave West Ham a stunning 4–0 victory. The fans were puzzled as to why the team could not play like that in the league.

Going into the New Year the team were still in bottom place but managed to beat Barnsley 3–0 at home in the FA Cup. A 5–0 defeat at Newcastle was not good preparation for the next round of the FA Cup but the team responded and Nottingham Forest were beaten 3–2, with Victor Obinna scoring a hat-trick. The League Cup semi-final paired the Hammers with Birmingham City and West Ham won the home leg 2–1. New recruits in the transfer window were forwards Demba Ba and Robbie Keane, midfielder Gary O’Neil and full back Wayne Bridge. The second leg of the League Cup semi-final was a huge disappointment, as after leading 1–0 at half-time the side conceded three second-half goals and lost the tie 4–3 on aggregate.

Away to West Bromwich Albion the Hammers were losing 3–0 at half-time but in a spirited fightback two goals from Demba Ba and one from Carlton Cole earned them a 3–3 draw. The new-found confidence was in evidence as Burnley were beaten 5–1 at home in the FA Cup, and this was followed by league victories against Liverpool and Stoke City. The FA Cup trail ended with a 2–1 defeat at Stoke in the quarter-final.

Five successive defeats followed and relegation seemed inevitable. A trip to Wigan saw West Ham race into a 2–0 lead only to collapse to a 3–2 defeat, and this led to the immediate sacking of manager Avram Grant. Relegation was confirmed in a poor campaign that only yielded seven league victories.

16 July 2010

PABLO BARRERA Mexico international signs from Mexican side CLUB UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL (Pumas de la UNAM) for £4m

 

 

FREDERIC PIQUIONNE signs from French side OLYMPIQUE LYONNAIS for an undisclosed fee

West Ham United completed the second major signing in the space of three hours with the capture of France international striker Frederic Piquionne. The powerful forward has joined from French club Olympique Lyonnais on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee, following the arrival earlier of Mexico winger Pablo Barrera.

3 August 2010

TAL BEN HAIM signs on 5-month loan from PORTSMOUTH

Tal Ben Haim has become the fourth new recruit of the summer, the Israel defender has signed on a loan deal from npower Championship side Portsmouth until January. The experienced centre-back with a strong character can play acros the back four and will provide top-level competition for the club’s existing defenders.

11 August 2010

 

THOMAS HITZLSPERGER first Hammer to represent GERMANY

DENMARK international Friendly in Copenhagen 2-2 (52 caps)

 

 

PABLO BARRERA is the 2nd Hammer to represent MEXICO (45 sub)

SPAIN international Friendly Estadio Azteca, Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico City 1-1 (25 caps)

 

 

JONATHAN SPECTOR 23rd USA cap

BRAZIL International Friendly New Meadowlands, New Jersey 0-2 (27 caps)

 

 

12 August 2010

 

HERITA ILUNGA 4th Democratic Republic of CONGO

EGYPT International Friendly Cairo International Stadium, al-Qahirah, Cairo 3-6 (21 caps)

5 August 2010

WINSTON REID New Zealand international signs from Danish side FC MIDTJYLLAND for an undisclosed fee

Reid's transfer fee was the subject of a dispute between the two clubs as the Hammers withheld the fee to bring to UEFA's attention fees that were owing to them from the sale of Alessandro Diamanti to Italian side Brescia.

24 August 2010

 

ALESSANDRO DIAMANTI joins Italian Serie A side BRESCIA CALCIO for 2.2m Euros

Serie A newcomers Brescia Calcio signed Alessandro Diamanti on a permanent contact for 2.2m Euros. The 27-year-old Italian attacker made 29 appearances in all competitions and scored eight goals, with half of them coming from the penalty spot. He was then a substitute in the first match of the new season away to Aston Villa ten days ago before travelling back to his homeland for transfer talks at the weekend. This Saturday would have marked a year since Diamanti arrived at  the club for an undisclosed fee from AS Livorno Calcio but he had indicated he wanted to return to Italy.

27 August 2010

 

VICTOR OBINNA signs on loan from Italian side INTER MILAN

Nigeria World Cup star Victor Obinna has joined the Hammers from UEFA Champions League holders Internazionale. The highly-regarded Obinna, has already been capped more than 30 times at senior level and appeared twice for his country at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

31 August 2010

 

FABIO DAPRELA joins Italian Serie A side BRESCIA CALCIO

Daprela went on to make four Barclays Premier League starts at the tail-end of last season, but the fitness of DR Congo international Herita Ilunga and the emergence of first-year professional Jordan Brown have limited his opportuities. West Ham United career: (2009-10) Apprearances: 8, Goals: 0

31 August 2010

 

LARS JACOBSEN signs from BLACKBURN ROVERS for an undisclosed fee

 

RUUD BOFFIN Goalkeeper signs for an undisclosed nominal fee from MVV MAASTRICHT (Belgium)

3 September 2010

TAL BEN-HAIM 3rd Hammer to represent ISRAEL

MALTA European Championship Qualifier National Stadium, Ramat-Gan, Tel Aviv 3-1 (50 caps)

 

 

4 September 2010

PABLO BARRERA 2nd MEXICO cap

ECUADOR International Friendly Estadio Omnilife, Guadalajara 1-2 (26 caps)

 

 

6 September 2010

HERITA ILUNGA 5th Democratic Republic of CONGO cap

SENEGAL CAF African Cup of Nations Qualifying Cairo International Stadium, al-Qahirah, Cairo 2-4 (22 caps)

 

 

7 September 2010

LARS JACOBSEN 2nd Hammer to represent DENMARK

ICELAND European Championship Qualifier Parken Stadium, Copenhagen 1-0 (36 caps)

 

TAL BEN-HAIM 2nd ISRAEL cap

GEORGA European Championship Qualifier Boris Paichadze National Stadium, Tbilisi 0-0 (51 caps)

 

PABLO BARRERA 3rd MEXICO cap

COLUMBIA international Friendly Estadio Universitario de Nuevo, Leon 1-0 (27 caps)

8 October 2010

LARS JACOBSEN 2nd DENMARK cap

PORTUGAL European Championship Qualifier Estadio do Dragao, Porto 1-3 (37 caps)

 

 

9 October 2010

WINSTON REID first Hammer to represent NEW ZEALAND

HONDURAS International Friendly North Harbour Stadium, Auckland 1-1 (7 caps)

 

TAL BEN-HEIM 3rd ISRAEL cap

CROATIA European Championship Qualifier National Stadium, Ramat-Gan 1-2 (52 caps)

 

 

10 October 2010

VICTOR OBINNA first Hammer to represent NIGERIA

GUINEA CAF African Cup of Nations Qualifying Stade du 28 Septembre, Conakry 0-1

 

 

12 October 2010

WINSTON REID 2nd NEW ZEALAND cap

PARAGUAY International Friendly Westpac Stadium, Wellington 0-2 (8 caps)

 

LARS JACOBSEN 3rd DENMARK cap

CYPRUS European Championship Qualifier Parken Stadium, Copenhagen 2-0 (38 caps)

 

 

13 October 2010

PABLO BARRERA 4th MEXICO cap

VENEZUELA international Friendly Estadio Olimpico Benito, Juarez 2-2 (28 caps)

 

JONATHAN SPECTOR 24th USA cap

COLUMBIA International Friendly PPL Park, Philadelphia 0-0 (28 caps)

13 October 2010

EDDIE BAILEY has passed away

West Ham United paid tribute to former Chief Scout Eddie Baily who passed away at the age of 85 following a short illness. Eddie made his name as a player at Tottenham Hotspur, where he played for ten years.  Eddie joined the Hammers in the youth department when Wally St Pier retired and worked alongside John Lyall with the youngsters before becoming Chief Scout.

14 October 2010

MALCOLM ALLISON has passed away

The football world has mourned the death of Malcolm Allison at the age of 83. The former defender served the club to distinction between 1950-51 and 1957-58, playing 255 games in all competitions, before a hugely successful coaching career. The foundations were set for his future achievements during his time at the Boleyn Ground. Allison was a leading figure under manager Ted Fenton in the establishment of the Academy principles throughout the club.

West Ham United career: (1950-1958) Appearances: 265, Goals: 11

International: Representative (1 cap)

Individual honours: Essex Professional Cup (1951), Southern Floodlight Cup (1956)

Died: 14 October 2010 (aged 83)

19 October 2010

FREDDIE SEARS signs on loan to SCUNTHORPE UNITED for 1 month

 

20 October 2010

TONY CARR collects his MBE from the Queen at Buckingham Palace

29 October 2010

ROBERT HALL 17-year-old striker signs his first professional contract

17 November 2010

 

JONATHAN SPECTOR 25th USA cap

SOUTH AFRICA (sub) International Friendly Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town 1-0 (29 caps)

RUUD BOFFIN makes his Hammers debut against BLACKBURN ROVERS at Ewood Park

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