West Ham 0 Blackpool 0
Noble returned to central midfield for West Ham and Cole missed out after his hamstring injury.
A fairly even first half saw chances for both sides but West Ham just shading it on clear cut penalty decisions. In the 20th minute Barrera (brought on for Dyer) was taken down in the area in what looked like one of the clearest penalty decisions you are ever likely to see. I guess the ref didn't see it.
In the 27th minute Obinna fired a shot goalwards from just inside the area only to see it saved by a defender's hand. It looked a certain goal if it hadn't hit Cathcart's hand but the ref again bottled the decision.
West Ham's other best chance fell to Barrera after West Ham broke quickly from a Blackpool corner. From just inside the area Barrera shot narrowly over the crossbar. At the other end Blackpool themselves had a few chances to take the lead. Their best chance probably fell to Varney who shot across goal from ten yards just missing wide of the far post.
The second half saw both sides create some really good chances and the only surprise was that neither side managed to score. On balance Blackpool probably created the better chances. In fact in the 69th minute Harewood actually put the ball in the back of the net from 8 yards but was given offside when he looked to be just onside.
In the 53rd minute Adam shot just over from yards inside the West Ham half with Green well beaten. In the 83rd minute Harewood missed a sitter from 6 yards and shot wide when he should have scored.
At the other end West Ham started the half brightly and in the 48th minute Boa Morte just shot wide of the far post from 10 yards. In the 70th minute a Barrera shot from ten yards was blocked on the line. In the 72nd minute Cole hit the post from 2 yards after some great work from Barrera on the left touchline.
Late on in the 79th minute Noble forced a good save from the keeper from the edge of the penalty area and in the 91st minute McCarthy headed over from 10 yards.
I'm not sure West Ham could attract a manager good enough to get anything more out of the current squad but Avram Grant's position is looking increasingly tenuous.