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Obinna double sinks Seasiders


Victor Obinna

Victor Obinna

Victor Obinna

Robbie Keane struck a debut goal and Victor Obinna hit two more as West Ham lifted themselves off the bottom of the Barclays Premier League with a 3-1 win at Blackpool.

The three first-half goals proved enough to see off a spirited Ian Holloway's side in an entertaining encounter at Bloomfield Road.

Charlie Adam gave the hosts hope by scoring directly from a corner just before the break and Neal Eardley hit the post, but the Hammers held on.

Goalkeeper Richard Kingson was at fault as West Ham claimed the lead after 24 minutes. He looked to have Obinna's ambitious shot from wide on the left covered but let it slip from his grasp and roll over the line.

West Ham doubled their lead in the 37th minute when Keane made his mark. Blackpool got themselves into a mess at the back and Kingson twice saved from Obinna in quick succession, but got no help from his defenders and Keane's sliced effort found the net before it could be cleared.

Blackpool immediately responded through Adam, who found the back of the net direct from a corner. Frederic Piquionne completely missed his kick at the near post and unsighted Green.

Yet the Tangerines' joy was short-lived as Obinna restored a two-goal advantage on the stroke of half-time with a ferocious shot from 20 yards.

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Blackpool's new signing James Beattie, who joined the club on loan from Rangers on Monday, had a chance moments after coming on but failed to make firm contact and Green easily gathered.

Neal Eardley went close to pulling one back but his 20-yard free-kick struck the post and West Ham scrambled clear.

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