This didn't look like a goalless draw and the fact Ian Holloway felt it was the 'best nil-nil I've ever seen' may reflect that. At the end though, this was another three points dropped and with Liverpool coming up next week - the last time the Hammers won at Anfield, Mafeking was still waiting to be relieved (check your History books!) - it's hard to see how the Hammers won't go into December still rooted to the bottom.
I've started running out of suitable phrases to use to describe what is fast becoming one of 'those' seasons so I'll have to resort to some I've already used this campaign and say that the Hammers could and should have won this but, equally, were fortunate not to have lost it too.
The odd thing about this game is there were innumerable chances, such was the attack minded attitude of both sides, and yet there was little real goal-mouth action in that barely any of the chances were on target. It was both exciting and exhilarating but also frustrating and stale. In terms of what we have witnessed so far in 2010/11, it's another day at the office for the hapless home side then.
Much was made of the stonewall penalty shout when Obinna's fierce 18-yard drive struck Craig Cathcart on the arm but Blackpool had a definite goal chalked off when former Hammers favourite Marlon Harewood's shot was deemed off-side. Never a favourite with young Blagg Jnr. my son threw a party when Marlon left Upton Park but from what I've seen since the big man departed, I'd have to say we'd be better off with him in our ranks than wearing tangerine. I also must admit though that Marlon's goal against Villa Park in the FA Cup semi-final means he's always welcome to a festive eggnog round at Blagg Acres.
Substitute Cole had another one of those shots off the post that, even on replay, looked like it must go in, while Blackpool's substitute keeper made a great one-handed save from the surprisingly returning Mark Noble; the midfielder's recovery from an appendix operation suggesting he must have been on magic beans. But it wasn't all West Ham although home pressure did tell at times, Marlon somehow missed - 'as usual' B Jnr would probably say - when it looked easier to score and Taylor-Fletcher skied the ball when superbly placed.
I'm not sure how it all finished without the net being troubled once but, when it did, the disgruntled Hammers fans voiced their disapproval. This was a 'must win' game - and we didn't.