Last Updated: 10/04/10 4:55pm
FULL TIME. Massive win for West Hame - their first since February. Ilan's second-half goal was enough to seal a deserved win for Gianfranco's men, who move three points closer to safety.
Sunderland have one last corner after Zenden's shot, but Upson clears and it looks like the last action of the game.
DISALLOWED GOAL! Franco has the ball in the net, but it won't count. West Ham still think it is a goal, but Franco is still celebrating. Looked like handball from the sub.
Spector finds Cole, who breaks forward and hits the side netting from 10 yards. Could have sealed it.
Henderson and Franco have a little confrontation after Behrami brings down Henderson. Referee Jones just has a word with all involved though.
Behrami concedes another silly free-kick on the edge of the box to give Sunderland another chance to attack from a set piece. Zenden's delivery is poor though and Cole clears.
Franco goes down after taking a knock from the shoulder of Gordon. Looked like the striker made a bit much of it.
Spector is brought down on the left corner of the area, but Noble fires the free-kick straight at Gordon.
Sunderland are contuning to press as WEst Ham are defending deeper. Could be a nervy closing period for Hammers fans.
Richardson is persistent down the left side and draws a foul when Behrami and Faubert fail to clear. Henderson opts to shoot from a narrow angle and draws a good save from Green at the near post.
Malbranque crosses for Jones, who heads the ball back for Bent. The former Spurs man directs his header towards goal, but Upson heads clear.
Cole chases a lost cause down the right hand side, occupies two defenders and wins a corner for West Ham. Excellent forward play.
Jones makes an immediate impact, threading a great through ball to Bent, who slips at the vital moment when through on goal. Big chance.
Henderson powers down the right and has to be stopped by three defenders. The resultant corner is cleared.
Noble picks out Cole with a good chipped through-ball, but the pass is just too high for the towering striker to convert.
Great chance for Sunderland. Cattermole and Bent exchange passes and the former Wigan midfielder fires narrowly wide. Fantastic move from the visitors.
Henderson's corner creeps to Turner 10 yards from goal, but he is unable to control the ball and West Ham clear.
Campbell is give too much time and space on the edge of the Sunderland box and he plays in Henderson to cross in. West Ham clear for a corner.
West Ham almost pull off the Cole flick-on to Ilan routine again, but Turner gets in the way and clears.
Hardly deserved, but West Ham ensure that Sunderland have only kept one clean sheet away from home all season - on the first day of the campaign.
Da Costa's long free kick is knocked down in the area by Cole and Ilan reacts first, sliding the ball past Gordon from close range.
Turner wrestles Cole to the ground and West Ham have a free-kick 30 yards from goal which Faubert smashes high over the top. Wayward.
Sunderland have Benjani and Kenwyne Jones on the bench if they want to add to their firepower. Could be worth bringing one of them on if things stay the same. West Ham have the unpredictable Alessandro Diamanti in reserve.
HALF TIME. No goals so far in a crucial game at Upton Park. Gordon has been a bit busier than his opposite number, but few clear chances for either side.
Meyler makes a bursting run through the West Ham defence and tries to feed Bent, but his pass was cut out.
Cole leaps with Gordon from a long punt forward, and is adjudged to have fouled the Sunderland keeper, who had lost control of the ball.
Ferdinand bundles over Behrami to give West Ham another free kick in a decent position on the left wing - about 20 yards from goal.
What a chance! Cole centres for Ilan six yards from goal and the Brazilian is unable to get a clean contact for the Hammers.
Henderson's free kick is cleared and Coel chases Noble's punt forward which Gordon seems to handle outside the box. Replays show that the Sunderland man is guilty and West Ham have a free kick in a good position.
West Ham booking - Spector gives the ball away to Henderson and the American defender pulls the Sunderland man to the ground. Cynical.
Spector lifts in a hopeful chipped through ball to Cole, but the England hopeful can only flick his header wide.
Jordan Henderson and Ferdinand combine well on the right wing, but the former West Ham man is unable to stop the ball going out for a goal kick.
Faubert crosses from the right and Stanislas tries an acrobatic effort , but the ball just hits him in mid-air.
Ilan goes on a surging run and is stopped by Da Silva, but the referee does not give the free kick. Cole then creates a half-chance for himself by spinning away from Turner, only to fire wide.
Noble's free-kick is cleared and Sunderland break quickly, which results in Bent firing a tame shot from 20 yards that Green easily saves.
The home side are struggling to stop Sunderland's passing game which has been excellent. Richardson puts in a low cross into the six yard box, but Upson clears.
Ilan is dispossessed on the halfway line and Michael Turner looks to release Bent, but Upson clears.
Campbell wins a corner from former Manchester United team-mate Spector. The American complains he was being fouled, but the referee is not interested. The corner is swung into the far post, but Paulo Da Silva heads straight at Green.
Almost a calamity for the visitors as Gordon clears straight against Cole, but fortunately for the Scotland keeper, the rebound falls safely to Anton Ferdinand.
Valon Behrami produces a good save from Gordon with a fierce low effort from 20 yards. Junior Stanislas would have had a tap-in if he was following in. Unlucky.
Good effort from Bent! The England hopeful chases a long ball and gets infront of Jonathan Spector, but can only flick his effort onto the roof of the net from a tight angle.
Malbranque on the break again, but Manuel Da Costa gets in the way. Julian Faubert is then brought down by Malbranque as West Ham try to counter.
Darren Bent chases a long punt upfield and is adjudged to have fouled Upson while trying to get the ball.
Malbranque's curling set piece is whipped in dangerously, but everyone in the box misses it. Great chance for the opener.
Kirean Richardson slides in Malbranque on the left, but the Frenchman's cross is cut out for a corner.
Steed Malbranque picks up the ball in a dangerous position for Sunderland, but rushes his pass and Rob Green collects easily.
Mark Noble aims to spread the play to the right, but his ball goes out of play as West Ham looked to break
The home side are being roared on by the Hammers faithful and they look sharp and refreshed after a crucial point at Everton last week.
And the teams are out at Upton Park, Sunderland in their changed strip of white with dark blue panels, whilst West Ham have their claret and blue home strip on.
Sunderland fan Colin says: "On paper a really strong starting line up for the lads and a good bench too. We should be able to get the three points out of this especially with no Parker for the Hammers. My money is on a 2-0 Sunderland win.
While fellow Hammer Ricey is disappointed not to see Alessandro Diamanti start. He says: "Diamanti should be starting ahead of Stanislas. Nice to see two up front. Three points a must today as a draw between the two lower teams is unlikely."
Hammers fan Stokes reckons his team will miss Scott Parker today. He says: "Massive must-win game today for the Hammers, I think we will struggle without Scotty P in the middle but if we play with the passion we did against Everton, we can nick something from this game>"
Sunderland: Gordon, Ferdinand, Da Silva, Turner, Richardson, Henderson, Meyler, Cattermole, Malbranque, Bent, Campbell. Subs: Carson, Bardsley, Hutton, Zenden, Jones, Kilgallon, Mwaruwari.
West Ham: Green, Faubert, da Costa, Upson, Spector, Stanislas, Kovac, Behrami, Noble, Cole, Ilan. Subs: Kurucz, Gabbidon, Franco, McCarthy, Diamanti, Daprela, Spence.
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With Burnley facing Hull in today's other Premier League match, it is essential for Gianfranco Zola's men to pick up a win against a resurgent Sunderland side that will be confident after beating Tottenham 3-1 last week.