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West Ham Exits Last Place in Premier League; Liverpool Wins

West Ham won 3-1 at Blackpool to climb off the bottom of the standings in English soccer’s Premier League, as Liverpool beat Stoke 2-0 for its third straight win.

Victor Obinna scored two goals last night as West Ham moved above Wolverhampton and Wigan in the 20-team league. Robbie Keane also scored in his first game for the Hammers after moving from Tottenham.

Birmingham rallied to tie Manchester City 2-2, while Tottenham, Bolton and Fulham all won 1-0.

West Ham’s second away win of the season moved it closer to preserving its Premier League status. With West Ham and Birmingham tied on 24 points, the London team remains in the relegation zone on goal difference.

Obinna opened the scoring in the 24th minute and Keane followed with a goal 13 minutes later. Charlie Adam pulled Blackpool within 2-1 in the 42nd minute, before Obinna restored the two-goal advantage less than two minutes later.

Raul Miereles and new signing Luis Suarez scored as Liverpool extend its winning run.

Miereles gave Liverpool the lead two minutes into the second half. Suarez, who joined the Reds from Ajax three days ago, then came off the bench to clinch the victory with 11 minutes left.

The Paraguayan ran onto a ball after getting past the Stoke defense, went around goalkeeper Asmir Begovic and sent a low shot toward goal. Defender Andy Wilkinson’s clearing attempt went off the goalpost and across the line as he slid to keep the ball out of the open net.

Birmingham Draws

Craig Gardner’s 77th-minute penalty gave Birmingham the draw, leaving third-place Manchester City eight points behind leader Manchester United and three behind Arsenal, having played a game more than the top two clubs.

Carlos Tevez gave City the lead after four minutes and Nikola Zigic tied the game in the 23rd minute. Aleksandar Kolarov then put City back in front just before halftime before Gardner answered late for the home side after Patrick Vieira fouled Kevin Phillips in the area.

Peter Crouch had the only goal in the third minute as Tottenham strengthened its hold on fifth place with the win at Blackburn.

Damien Duff’s second-half goal lifted Fulham past his old team Newcastle and Daniel Sturridge marked his recent move to Bolton from Chelsea with an injury-time winner that dropped Wolves into last place.

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