Belfast Telegraph

Hammers frustrated by Seasiders

Bottom club West Ham were again frustrated as Blackpool's all-changed XI held them to a 0-0 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 this afternoon.

However, it was referee Kevin Friend who took centre stage when he denied the home side what looked like two clear first-half penalties.

It was a positive start by the Irons, as Mark Noble stabbed a 20-yard effort wide.

West Ham then had a penalty claim turned down when left-back Stephen Crainey appeared to trip Pablo Barrera out on the right touchline.

At the other end, David Vaughan drove into the left side of the West Ham area before releasing a low shot which flew just wide.

The home side were again screaming for a spot-kick when Victor Obinna's fierce 18-yard drive struck Craig Cathcart on the arm, but once more it was turned down.

West Ham had another great chance early in the second half when Luis Boa Morte was slipped into the left side of the penalty area by Scott Parker, but dragged his shot wide.

Marlon Harewood almost returned to haunt his former club, but his scrambled goal from a free-kick was ruled out for offside. West Ham substitute Carlton Cole almost had an instant impact but his deflected close-range effort struck the outside of the post.

Richard Kingson made an acrobatic one-handed save to tip Noble's curling 20-yard effort behind. In stoppage time, Benni McCarthy headed over.


From Belfast Telegraph