Writer: Eamonn Moore
Date:Wednesday February 2 2011
Wednesday 2nd February
Definition of a six pointer: this game.
If the Seasiders win tonight, they open up a nice cushion between themselves and the relegation zone and thus take another massive step towards safety.
A draw and it's as you were really.
A defeat though will see the Seasiders dragged further down the table and it really will start to become 'squeaky bum time'.
We're not on a brilliant run of form, but the transfer window has given us all a lift and we now have a great chance of staying up, so let's get behind the lads and roar them onto a huge three points tonight.
COME ON YOU 'POOL!
Avram Grant is a big fan of the Seasiders, but says that his West Ham side will give 110% tonight:
'For me, Blackpool are the team of the season and Ian Holloway is the manager of the season.
'They did miracles because everyone predicted they would quickly be on their way to the Championship again, and also I like how they play football.
'The next game is very important to us. Against Blackpool the players will give everything they have. It is important for both teams but for us it is more important.
'We need to continue like we have been doing in the past few weeks. We have played against teams around us, have played well and taken points. We have four good strikers now, and it is better I have this problem than it was before. I think now you will see improvement in all areas of the team.'
'Pool manager Ian Holloway will make a decision on whether captain Charlie Adam is in the right state of mind to play after the saga involving him on deadline day.
All of our new signings are available for selection, bar Sergei Kornilenko who is back in Russia finalising his work permit and visa.
David Carney has returned from international duty with Australia at the Asia Cup, but Chris Basham, Stephen Crainey and Matt Gilks are all on the treatment table.
Do I really need to explain this one? No, thought not!
Robbie Keane, Demba Ba and Gary O'Neil are all available after completing moves to the Hammers.
Ilunga faces a late fitness test, but Collison, Da Costa, Dyer, Hitzlsperger and Stanislas are all out injured.
The heartbeat of the Hammers.
If you want an example of a one man team, look no further than West Ham.
Yes, the Hammers have strengthened this month but you still suspect they will be heavily reliant on their skipper.
Blackpool host West Ham for the first time since February 1971, a season that ended in the Seasiders' relegation from the top flight, with West Ham only spared the drop by one place.
'Pool have lost five out of the last six, with only Bolton and Wigan picking up fewer points in 2011.
West Ham are propping up the table and battling to become only the third team in Premier League history to start the month of February in bottom spot and go on to escape the drop.
'Pool haven't won in five league matches against the Hammers.
West Ham have kept just two clean sheets in their last 18 league games, and haven't kept a clean sheet on the road in 20 away league games.
Scott Parker will make his 100th league appearance for the Hammers tonight.
Everton v Blackpool
Saturday 5th February
Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!
Date:Wednesday February 2 2011
Madine Not Ruling Out Blackpool Stay (Saturday March 28 2015)
Clark - Cubero's Ready To Make An Impact (Saturday March 28 2015)
McMahon Makes Bradford Move (Thursday March 26 2015)
Dunne Enjoying Life At Blackpool (Thursday March 26 2015)
Audio - Dunne Talks Personal Improvement (Thursday March 26 2015)
Quiet Day At Bloomfield Road? (Thursday March 26 2015)
An Untenable Position (Tuesday March 24 2015)
Charge For Oyston Over Texts (Monday March 23 2015)
Madine On Leeds Point (Sunday March 22 2015)
Clark - It Should've Been A Win Against Leeds (Sunday March 22 2015)
|Leeds Loan Watch - Ajose and Crewe cause a shock
» Leeds Utd : 29/03/2015 10:12:01
|Young Leeds striker crashes out of competition
» Leeds Utd : 29/03/2015 09:00:00
|LUFC On This Day - March 29th
» Leeds Utd : 29/03/2015 07:51:00
|Olsson's Turbulent Day
» Norwich : 29/03/2015 07:00:01
|Harris - Youth Is Millwall's Future
» Millwall : 28/03/2015 21:43:01