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2010-11 Barclays Premier League

BOLTON WANDERERS : Barclays Premier League

ASTON VILLA : Barclays Premier League

Avram Grant Appointed West Ham United Manager

West Ham have appointed Avram Grant as the club's new manager on a four-year contract, subject to a work permit. Grant, 55, succeeds Gianfranco Zola who was sacked after the Hammers finished 17th in last season's Premier League.

Paul Grove and David Coles

Hammers announce the appointment of Paul Grovers and David Coles to the club's backroom staff. Senior coach Groves and goalkeeper  coach Coles both worked under  new manager Avram Grant at Portsmouth and have extensive Barclays Premier League experience.

Hammers sign The Hammer

Germany midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger has become the first summer recruit at the Boleyn Gound. The 28-year-old will officially join the club from 1 July following his departure from Italian side SS Lazio. Fittingly nicknamed ‘The Hammer’ in honour of his powerful left-foot. Capped more than 60 times for his country at Under-21 and senior level, he played a key role in his country’s qualification for the 2010 FIFA World Cup only to just miss out on a place in Germany’s final squad

Villa Park

0 - 3

14th August 2010

Att: 36,604

Ref: M. Dean

Upton Park

1 - 3 (Noble pen)

21st 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)

IN THE NEWS - 3rd June 2010

IN THE NEWS - 5th June 2010

IN THE NEWS - 2nd July 2010

IN THE NEWS - 24th August 2010

Diamanti departs

Serie A newcomers Brescia Calcio have 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.

IN THE NEWS - 27th August 2010

Hammers capture Obinna

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.

IN THE NEWS - 3rd August 2010

Tal signs

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.

IN THE NEWS - 16th July 2010

Barrera signs

Mexico forward Pablo Barrera has moved to the Boleyn Ground from Mexican Premier Division side Club Universidad Nacional (Pumas de la UNAM) on a four-year contract with a one-year option for a fee of £4m.

Hammers pick up Piquionne

IN THE NEWS - 16th July 2010

West Ham United have 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.

James Milner turned the jeers to cheers after his strike sealed a comprehensive victory over West Ham in what could be his final appearance for Aston Villa. The England international appears to be on the verge of signing for Manchester City in a deal, believed to be worth £30million, which could see Stephen Ireland move in the opposite direction. Milner's name was booed when it was read out before the match but his second-half strike at the Holte End brought Villa Park to its feet. It was not a bad way to sign off.

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.

Fabio Daprela has joined Italian Serie A new boys Brescia Calcio on a five-year contract.  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

IN THE NEWS: 31st August 2010

Deprela departs

INTERNATIONAL NEWS - 11th August 2010

THOMAS HITZLSPERGER is the 1st Hammer to make his GERMANY debut against DENMARK international Friendly in Copenhagen 2-2

 

PABLO BARRERA is the 2nd Hammer to make his MEXICO debut as sub against SPAIN international Friendly in Mexico City 1-1

 

JONATHAN SPECTOR wins his 30th USA cap against BRAZIL International Friendly in New Jersey 0-2

TAL BEN-HAIM is the 3rd Hammer to make his ISRAEL debut against MALTA European Championship Qualifier in Ramat-Gan 3-1

INTERNATIONAL NEWS - 3rd September 2010

INTERNATIONAL NEWS - 7th September 2010

LARS JACOBSEN is the 2nd Hammer to make his DENMARK debut against ICELAND European Championship Qualifier Copenhagen 1-0

 

TAL BEN-HAIM wins his 2nd ISRAEL cap against GEORGIA European Championship Qualifier in Tbilisi 0-0

 

PABLO BARRERA wins his 3rd MEXICO cap against COLUMBIA international Friendly in Monterrey 1-0

INTERNATIONAL NEWS - 8th October 2010

LARS JACOBSEN wins his 2nd DENMARK cap against PORTUGAL European Championship Qualifier in Porto 1-3

INTERNATIONAL NEWS - 9th October 2010

WINSTON REID is the 1st Hammer to make his NEW ZEALAND debut against HONDURAS International Friendly in Auckland 1-1

 

TAL BEN-HAIM wins his 3rd ISRAEL cap against CROATIA European Championship Qualifier in Ramat-Gan 1-2

INTERNATIONAL NEWS - 4th September 2010

PABLO BARRERA wins his 2nd MEXICO cap against EQUADOR international Friendly in Guadalajara 1-2

INTERNATIONAL NEWS - 13th October 2010

PABLO BARRERA wins his 4th MEXICO cap against VENEZUELA international Friendly in Juarez 2-2

 

JONATHAN SPECTOR wins his 31st USA cap against COLUMBIA International Friendly in Philadelphia 0-0

INTERNATIONAL NEWS - 12th October 2010

WINSTON REID wins his 2nd NEW ZEALAND cap against PARAGUAY International Friendly in Wellington 0-2

 

LARS JACOBSEN wins his 3rd DENMARK cap against CYPRUS European Championship Qualifier in Copenhagen 2-0

VICTOR OBINNA is the 1st Hammer to make his NIGERIA debut against GUINEA CAF African Cup of Nations Qualifying in Conakry 0-1

INTERNATIONAL NEWS - 10th October 2010

HERITA ILUNGA wins his 4th Democratic Republic of CONGO cap against SENEGAL CAF African Cup of Nations Qualifying Kinshasa 2-4

INTERNATIONAL NEWS - 6th September 2010

INTERNATIONAL NEWS - 17th November 2010

JONATHAN SPECTOR wins his 32nd USA cap against SOUTH AFRICA as sub International Friendly in Cape Town 1-0

10_08_14 Aston Villa v. WHU

14th August 2010 ON THIS DAY :

WINSTON GREEN, FREDERIC PIQUIONNE and PABLO BARRERA 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

24th August 2010 ON THIS DAY :

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

Upton Park

1 - 0 (Parker)

24th 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

28th August 2010

Att: 75.061

Referee:

M. Clattenburg

Wayne Rooney ended his five-month wait for a goal as he set Manchester United on their way to a comfortable Premier League win over West Ham. Rooney's 33rd-minute penalty after Jonathan Spector had fouled Ryan Giggs will hardly enter his personal haul of fame. But it ends the talk of his scoring drought and should go some way to easing the 24-year-old back to top form after a slow start to the season. Second-half efforts from Nani and Dimitar Berbatov, who took his tally to three in four games, sealed victory to keep United in touch with early pace-setters Chelsea. But for West Ham, the international break only provides further opportunity to worry.

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)

11th September 2010

Att: 33,014

Referee: C. Foy

11th September 2010 ON THIS DAY :

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

Chelsea's 100% start to the new season continued against rock-bottom West Ham at Upton Park as a brace from Michael Essien and another from Salomon Kalou kept them top of the Barclays Premier League. West Ham midfielder Scott Parker became the first player to score against the Blues this season but his late effort was scant consolation for the home side. Chelsea's victory over their London rivals piled more pressure on under-fire manager Avram Grant, whose side remained rooted to the foot of the table without a single point from their opening four games and having conceded 12 goals.

10_09_18 Stoke City v. WHU

STOKE CITY : Barclays Premier League

Britannia Stadium

1 - 1 (Parker)

18th September 2010

Att: 27,028

Referee: L. Mason

Green

Jacobsen

Da Costa

Upson

Gabbidon

Behrami (Kovac)

Parker

Noble

Piquionne

Obinna (Boa Morte)

Cole

Kenwyne Jones netted his second goal in two matches as Stoke drew 1-1 with West Ham at the Britannia Stadium. The visitors, whose manager Avram Grant was observing Yom Kippur and not present at the game, took the lead in the first half thanks to Scott Parker's close-range finish. Stoke came back strongly after the break, with Jones following up his goal at Aston Villa on Monday by heading home in the 48th minute after connecting with a cross from the impressive Jermaine Pennant. The two teams had lost seven out of eight Barclays Premier League games between them before the start of play and it was a scrappy opening.

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

IN THE NEWS : 13th October 2010

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,

Eddie Baily has passed away

WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS : Barclays Premier League

IN THE NEWS : 15th October 2010

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.

Malcolm Allison has passed away

19th October 2010 ON THIS DAY :

FREDDIE SEARS signs on loan to SCUNTHORPE UNITED for 1 month

 

20th October 2010 ON THIS DAY

TONY CARR collects his M.B.E. from the Queen at Buckingham Palace

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.

29th October 2010 ON THIS DAY :

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

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

12th November 2010 ON THIS DAY :

West Ham United and Newham Council shortlisted for London 2010 Olympic Stadium Bidding by the Olympic Park Legacy Company

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)

21st September 2010

Att: 21,907

Referee: H. Webb

Frederic Piquionne scored the goal which 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.

Andy Carroll ignored personal turmoil to fire Newcastle to a vital three points against relegation rivals West Ham at Upton Park. The powerful Magpies striker's place in the team was in doubt after a week which had seen him answer charges of assault and have his car torched while on bail. But the England hopeful ensured that he ended the week on a high as he pounced to power a header past Robert Green after Kevin Nolan had cancelled out Carlton Cole's first goal of the season. The result catapults the Magpies nine places up the Barclays Premier League table up to ninth, while Avram Grant's team remain rooted to the foot of the 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.

Former Birmingham co-owner David Sullivan was denied victory on his return to St Andrews as his current club West Ham surrendered a two-goal lead. The bottom-placed Hammers looked set for a first away success of the campaign after Frederic Piquionne and Valon Behrami had put them in command. But City substitute Cameron Jerome and Liam Ridgewell salvaged a point for Alex McLeish's side. Sullivan looked on impassively but at least he was able to witness proceedings at first hand after former Blues chairman David Gold had been banned after comments about the midlands club. West Ham looked to have the points in the bag after playing with a confidence that belied their lowly position. Carlton Cole impressed as the lone striker and his occupying of the City defenders allowed Victor Obinna to find space to exploit.

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.

Premier League Blue 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)

IN THE NEWS : 23rd November 2010

Petrovic departs

The club parted company with assistant manager Zeljko Petrovic after only four months.

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)

25th 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)

2nd October 2010

Att: 34,589

Refereee: A. Marriner

Molineux

1 - 1 (Noble)

16th 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)

23rd 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 a.e.t. (Parker, Da Costa, Obinna)

27th 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

30th 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 (Piquionne, Behrami)

6th November 2010

Att: 26,474

Referee: M. Oliver

Upton Park

2 - 2 (Parker, Piquionne [pen])

10th 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

13th 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

20th 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)

27th 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 (Spector 2, Cole 2)

30th 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

5th 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)

11th 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)

18th 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)

26th 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 (o.g.)

28th 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 89), Petrov, Milner (Reo-Coker 85), Young A. (Weimann 86), Carew.

 

Bolton Wanderers:

Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Knight, Cahill, Robinson,Lee (Taylor 81), Muamba, Holden, Petrov (Blake 88),Kevin Davies, Elmander (Mark Davies 86).

 

Oxford United:

Clarke, Purkiss, Wright, Worley, Tonkin, Hall,Bulman (Baker 70), Heslop, Potter (Green 86), Constable,Cole (Clist 46).

 

Manchester United:

Van der Sar, O'Shea, Vidic, Jonathan Evans (Smalling 74), Evra, Nani, Scholes (Carrick 74), Fletcher, Giggs, Rooney, Berbatov (Owen 74).

 

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 83), Delap, Whitehead, Etherington,Walters (Fuller 66), Jones (Gudjohnsen 73).

 

Sunderland:

Mignolet, Bardsley, Onuoha,Ferdinand (Da Silva 40), Richardson, Elmohamady,Henderson (Zenden 71), Riveros, Welbeck, Bent,Gyan (Malbranque 61).

 

Tottenham Hotspur:

Cudicini, Hutton, Corluka, Bassong, Bale, Lennon (Keane 66), Huddlestone, Jenas, Modric, Van der Vaart (Giovani 78), Crouch (Pavlyuchenko 80).

 

Fulham:

Schwarzer, Baird, Hangeland, Hughes, Salcido, Davies (Riise 90), Etuhu, Murphy, Duff (Gera 69), Eddie Johnson (Kamara 77), Dempsey.

 

Wolverhampton Wanderers:

Hahnemann, Foley, Craddock (Stearman 5), Berra, Ward, Edwards (Ebanks-Blake 87), Mancienne, David Jones, Jarvis, Fletcher (Van Damme 67), Doyle.

Newcastle United:

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

 

Stoke City:

Begovic, Huth, Wilkinson, Shawcross, Higginbotham, Pennant (Pugh 55), Whitehead, Whelan, Sanli (Delap 77), Walters, Jones (Gudjohnsen 58).

 

Arsenal:

Fabianski, Sagna, Squillaci, Koscielny, Clichy, Song, Denilson (Walcott 67), Nasri, Fabregas, Arshavin (Bendtner 79),Chamakh (Eboue 90).

 

Birmingham City:

Foster, Carr, Johnson, Dann, Ridgewell, Larsson, Ferguson, Hleb (Beausejour 60), Fahey (Gardner 60), Jerome (Bowyer 89), Zigic.

 

West Bromwich Albion:

Carson, Cech, Pablo, Tamas, Reid, Scharner, Brunt, Thomas (Barnes 75), Dorrans (Cox 67), Morrison,Odemwingie (Fortune 88).

 

Blackpool:

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

 

It was hardly a proper test of being able to cope without Steven Gerrard but Liverpool did more than enough to dispose of a woeful West Ham at Anfield. With the captain out for a month with a hamstring tear manager Roy Hodgson called for his players to step up to fill the void and the Barclays Premier League's bottom side provide the perfect opposition. First-half goals from Glen Johnson and Maxi Rodriguez, either side of a Dirk Kuyt penalty, were enough to wrap up the points in the first half. The visiting fans were less than impressed and directed their anger at manager Avram Grant with chants of 'You're getting sacked in the morning'. If there was one criticism it was that Hodgson's side eased up so much after the break they lost all the momentum and rhythm built up in the first half. But they never looked in danger of conceding and the clean sheet was Jose Reina's 134th in all competitions, taking him past Tommy Lawrence into fourth on the club's all-time list. West Ham's league record at Anfield is woeful, as they have not won this fixture for 47 years and scored just four Premier League goals in 16 attempts.

Liverpool:

Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Skrtel, Konchesky, Kuyt,Meireles (Shelvey 83), Poulsen, Maxi, Torres (Babel 84),Ngog (Aurelio 73).

 

Barclays Premier League basement club West Ham gave themselves a much-needed boost with a victory over fellow strugglers Wigan at Upton Park. The match had been billed by the West Ham board as the "save our season game", although manager Avram Grant maintained that was more aimed at supporters to get behind the team than a shot across his bows. Nevertheless, there was more than a sense of relief around the Boleyn Ground at the final whistle, with the Irons securing a first win since the end of September following goals from Valon Behrami, Victor Obinna and Scott Parker. However, the Irons - now within three points of safety, but still bottom after Wolves' late winner against Sunderland - had keeper Robert Green to thank for saving a penalty from substitute Mauro Boselli just after the hour which could have set up a nervous finish, although Tom Cleverley netted a consolation on 85 minutes. Grant had relegated Carlton Cole to the bench after the England striker had labelled last week's 3-0 defeat at Liverpool as "diabolical", while Wigan were without suspended duo Hugo Rodallega and Antolin Alcaraz following their red cards against Manchester United.

 

Wigan Athletic:

Al Habsi, Stam, Gohouri, Steven Caldwell, Figueroa,Gomez (Moses 61), Diame, Thomas (Watson 68), Cleverley,N'Zogbia, Di Santo (Boselli 61).

 

West Ham dumped holders Manchester United out of the Carling Cup with a stunning victory inspired by Jonathan Spector's first goals in English football. Spector had never scored during his six seasons in the Barclays Premier League but the USA defender struck twice to end United's unbeaten start to the season. Further damage was done by Carlton Cole after the interval with the England marksman pouncing twice to bring feeble United crashing back down to earth after their 7-1 drubbing of Blackburn. Spector and Cole were brilliantly supported by Victor Obinna with the Nigerian forward, on loan from Inter Milan, having a hand in each goal. Sir Alex Ferguson made 10 changes to the side that hammered Blackburn last weekend with only Anderson remaining, but the manner of this defeat will still prove difficult to stomach. Experience was supplied by the likes of Ryan Giggs, Darren Fletcher and John O'Shea but they also wilted in the face of West Ham's onslaught. Those who had braved the arctic conditions at a near-sold out Upton Park enjoyed a night of high drama, the benefit of which could be felt in the Hammers' Premier League survival bid. Manager Avram Grant has proved something of a cup specialist but while he will be delighted to see his side through to the semi-finals, he will be just as pleased at having strung together successive victories that could inspire a climb up the table Wigan were dispatched 3-1 last weekend but Grant made six changes with captain Scott Parker on the bench despite suffering from a chest infection. There was little sign of the carnage to come early on when the holders were denied the lead by the woodwork with Robert Green showing lightning reflexes to push Gabriel Obertan's shot on to the post. Anderson expertly picked out Giggs but the Welsh winger's delivery into the box was poor and the ball looped away harmlessly. Controversy reigned in the 16th minute when West Ham scored through Obinna - only to have the goal ruled out for offside. Obinna's shot deflected off Spector and the linesman had made the correct decision, but the Hammers were incensed. Players queued up to demonstrate with referee Mark Clattenburg, who then warned Grant after the Israeli hurled the ball away in disgust after it had gone out of bounds. Any sense of injustice was soon remedied, however, when Spector nodded West Ham ahead. Obinna supplied an exquisite chip that Spector, having crept inside Fletcher, headed into the net. Emboldened by their goal, West Ham attacked with greater conviction but were almost caught by a United counter that ended with a tame header from Obertan. Cole almost got the better of Fabio before James Tomkins angled a corner wide and in the 37th minute the home side's ascendancy was rewarded once more. The hapless Fabio was involved as his attempted block of Obinna's shot instead fell into the path of Spector who blasted home from close range. A header from Bebe was easily saved by Green but most of the action continued to take place at the other end. A dreadful blunder from Green, who until now had looked rock-solid, almost let United in with his clearance hitting the back of Federico Macheda. The ball deflected into the path of Javier Hernandez but reinforcements arrived for the Hammers to clear the danger in the nick of time. United were pouring forward as the expected fightback began in earnest, only to be halted in their tracks in the 55th minute when they were caught on the break. The superb Obinna was the supplier with his inch-perfect cross met by Cole, who headed the ball home. There was still more to come from West Ham, however, as little over 10 minutes later Cole slammed home his second after being set up by Obinna. Zavon Hines had a strong penalty shout rejected by Clattenburg after being shoved in the back by O'Shea, but West Ham had the result wrapped up long ago.

 

Manchester United:

Kuszczak, O'Shea, Smalling, Evans (Brown 72), Fabio Da Silva (Rafael Da Silva 65), Obertan, Fletcher, Anderson, Giggs, Hernandez, Bebe (Macheda 46).

 

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 86), Cattermole, Richardson, Welbeck, Bent (Malbranque 75), Gyan (Zenden 90).

 

Manchester City put talk of dressing room disharmony aside to produce the perfect team display as Roberto Mancini's multi-million pound squad moved level on points with Barclays Premier League leaders Arsenal. City, without suspended former Hammers striker Carlos Tevez, dominated from kick-off, and it was no surprised when Yaya Toure rifled in the opener on the half-hour mark. The home side rallied after the break and had appeals for a penalty turned down for handball against Yaya Toure. However, the Ivory Coast midfielder then helped the visitors double their lead when his shot hit the post and went in off goalkeeper Robert Green, before substitute Adam Johnson wrapped things up with nine minutes left. James Tomkins headed in a late consolation for the Hammers, who face a real battle for survival in 2011.

 

Manchester City:

Hart, Boateng, Toure, Kompany, Zabaleta, De Jong, Barry, Jo, Toure Yaya,

Silva (Milner 86), Balotelli (Adam Johnson 61).

 

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 57), Nelsen, Givet, Emerton, Mame Diouf, Dunn, Pedersen, El-Hadji Diouf,Roberts (Mwaruwari 10), Jones (Hanley 67).

 

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 53), Murphy, Etuhu (Eddie Johnson 53), 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 62), Arteta (Bilyaletdinov 90), Fellaini, Pienaar (Beckford 90), Cahill.