West Ham 3 Liverpool 1
West Ham started with Upson back in defence, partnering Tomkins. Hitz, Parker and Noble lined up in midfield and Piquionne was brought in to partner Ba up front.
Early on both sides notched a good chance on goal. In the 3rd minute Hitzlsperger connected well with a long range volley but the ball flew straight at Reina in goal. In the 5th minute Meireles had a great opportunity with his head from 10 yards but he put the ball wide.
West Ham just about edged the possession in the opening twenty minutes and their persistence was rewarded in the 22nd minute when Parker played a one-two with Hitzlsperger before poking the ball in from the edge of the area, off the left hand post.
A couple of minutes after the restart Kuyt gave West Ham a scare, hitting the side netting from 22 yards. However, for a change, West Ham didn't sit back and try to desperately defend a lead. West Ham pushed on and in the 45th minute extended their lead.
A long ball forward from Green was headed on to O'Neil on the right wing, he crossed the ball into the area and Ba headed home from 8 yards.
Liverpool pressed West Ham back much more in the second half. For the first twenty minutes of the half however West Ham looked good on the break. In the 52nd minute, against the run of play, Ba shot just wide from 22 yards.
In the 61st minute Suarez turned Tomkins and shot from 12 yards, forcing a great save from Green. From about the 70th minute on West Ham struggled to retain possession at all and it was nearly one way traffic from then on.
Liverpool's pressure finally told in the 84th minute when Tomkins and Jacobsen both left the ball for the other in the penalty area. Suarez picked up the ball and fired the ball across the six yard box for Johnson to score from 3 yards at the far post.
West Ham then faced a very nervy final 5 minutes. However the nerves were cured in the 91st minute when Cole (on for Ba) brought a long ball down, beat his defender, and fired home from just inside the penalty area.
A great win for West Ham lifts them off the bottom of the league and sparks hope that we just might be able to escape relegation once again.