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Hammers hoping to turn up the heat on Saints; CHAMPIONSHIP.



JOEY O'Brien Joey O'Brien (born February 17, 1986 in Dublin, Ireland) is an Irish international midfielder or defender who plays football for Bolton Wanderers of the FA Premier League.  has hailed the resilience of West Ham Coordinates:

West Ham is a district in the London Borough of Newham, in east London, England, located 6.1 miles (9.8 km) east of Charing Cross. From 1889 to 1965 it formed part of the County Borough of West Ham.
 as they look to reclaim top spot in the npower Championship with victory over Blackpool tonight.

The Hammers have taken four points from their last two matches, with victory over Millwall despite having captain Kevin Nolan Kevin Nolan (born June 24 1982 in Liverpool) is a former England Under-21 international footballer who currently captains Bolton Wanderers of the FA Premier League. Career
Nolan was brought up in a football playing family, and wanted to be a footballer from a young age.
 sent off early followed by a 1-1 draw with current table toppers Southampton.

That leaves Sam Allardyce's side two points off the summit with two games in hand over the Saints.

"Our performances against Millwall and Southampton were good, so hopefully that will continue," full-back O'Brien said.

"Against Millwall, going down to ten men so early on in the game, a lot of lads stood up and were counted. We were in the trenches that day.

"We were up against it in that game and then against Southampton, the way it happened. Obviously they are a very good side but we hung in there, put our bodies on the line and played some decent stuff."

The Seasiders come into the match with some impressive league form behind them, though.

They lost 2-0 to Premier League side Everton in the FA Cup last time out but are on a seven-match undefeated run in the Championship, where they have not been beaten in 2012.

Holloway said: "I've got a couple of injuries and a couple of bruised egos but we've got to dust ourselves down and get on with it."

Middlesbrough have seen their automatic promotion push derailed since the end of the year, dropping to eighth in the table after defeats to the likes of Blackpool, Burnley and Coventry and draws against Crystal Palace and Leicester since the turn of the year.

They returned to winning ways with a 2-1 victory over Nottingham Forest last week and will now look to repeat the result at Millwall.

Boro manager Tony Mowbray Tony Mowbray, (born November 22 1963), is a former professional football player and the manager of West Bromwich Albion. Playing career
Mowbray played for Middlesbrough, Celtic, and finally Ipswich Town as a tough centre half.
 received a boost before the match when he tied Rhys Williams to a new four-and-a-half year contract.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
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Date:Feb 21, 2012
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