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Debut delight for Keane in Hammers stroll

BLACKPOOL 1
WEST HAM 3

Graham Chase

Published 03/02/2011 | 05:00

Robbie Keane celebrates with West Ham team-mate Mark Noble after scoring a debut goal against Blackpool in their Premier League clash at Bloomfield Road last night. West Ham won 3-1. Photo: Getty Images
Robbie Keane celebrates with West Ham team-mate Mark Noble after scoring a debut goal against Blackpool in their Premier League clash at Bloomfield Road last night. West Ham won 3-1. Photo: Getty Images

Way before Paul Kitson and John Hartson, West Ham had a longing for a saviour and although new signing Robbie Keane has been likened to Carlos Tevez by Avram Grant, it could be Victor Obinna who pulls off this rescue act.

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Having joined on loan from Tottenham, Keane did manage to score his first Premier League goal since November 2009 but it was Obinna who made the real difference as West Ham moved off the bottom.

He opened the scoring before Keane added a second and just to underline his hero status, Charlie Adam managed to score direct from a corner before Obinna scored his fifth in two games before half-time.

Blackpool slipped to a sixth defeat in seven league matches as Keane showed his sharpness early when he was alive to an exchange of passes with Obinna but was denied by Gary Taylor-Fletcher's block.

But the breakthrough finally came when Obinna's shot somehow slipped past Richard Kingson.

The lead was doubled when Mark Noble lifted a free-kick into the area and Frederic Piquionne headed down for Obinna. The forward had two efforts blocked by Kingson but then the ball fell for Keane, who guided it into the corner of the net.

Adam has not totally exhausted his tally of inspiration for the season and somehow scored direct from a corner as his left-footed in-swinger crept over the line. But a minute later, West Ham restored their two-goal advantage when Parker fed Obinna and he drove into the top corner. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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