Hammers Crowing As Spurs Beaten Again
By Tom Dowsett
Thursday 19 Dec 2013 12:25:00
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West Ham United had not beaten their fiercest London rivals at White Hart Lane since 1999, but on the 6 October they produced a remarkable result as they came out on top with a comprehensive 3-0 victory. When the quarter-final draw was made for the Capital One Cup, the two sides were paired together again at the same venue and there was hope and expectation amongst the hammers fans. Their prayers were answered as the East Londoners came from behind to beat Spurs 2-1 and ensure their place in the semi-finals.

Sam Allardyce made seven changes to the side that started the last match, recalling Razvan Rat, Joey O'Brien, Jack Collison, Alou Diarra, Matthew Taylor and Carlton Cole with Adrian in goal in place of Jussi Jaaskelainen.

The game was only a couple of minutes when former hammer Jermain Defoe went close following a blocked effort from Gylfi Sigurdsson but the Irons would have enjoyed the next move as the striker dragged his shot wide.

The visitors survived another scare on eight minutes, when Joey O'Brien nearly gave the home side the lead by diverting the ball into the net. Thankfully for the East Londoners however, it hit the side netting instead.

As expected, the home side largely dominated the first half. Although West Ham did have a number of good efforts, Home goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and his defence weren't letting anything get past them and at half-time the deadlock was still to be broken.

The rhythm at the start of the second-half never really changed, as both sides were still creating chances but West Ham probably had the best of them on 54 minutes. In trying to pass it back to Lloris, James Collins almost scored a spectacular opener, but the Frenchman recovered in time to prevent the danger.

On 65 minutes, Allardyce decided to make a change as Modibo Maiga replaced Carlton Cole.

Two minutes later, it was the home side who went in front, as they fashioned a counter attack from a West Ham set-piece. Defoe ran the length of the field and squared for Emmanuel Adebayor, who volleyed past Adrian from close range.

With the East Londoners having conceded, Big Sam decided to bring on Mohamed Diame for Joe Cole on 70 minutes. It didn't take long for the Senegalese midfielder to make an impact as he connected well with Maiga's flick on and smashed a fearsome volley goalwards but Lloris was able to dive to his right to make a superb save.

Matthew Taylor came close twice within the space of three minutes, only for his efforts to be thwarted by the home stopper.

Soon after the Hammers made their final change on 77 minutes as Ravel Morrison came on in place of Diarra, West Ham grabbed an equaliser. Another flick on from Maiga was controlled by Taylor and played into the path of Matt Jarvis who beat Lloris to get the travelling contingent believing they could repeat the success of the league meeting.

Big Sam's men took the lead on 85 minutes, when superb team play involving Diame, Jarvis and Morrison ended up with Maiga heading the ball in past the French international keeper to send the away end ballistic!

Five minutes of added time were signalled and Tim Sherwood's side were desperately trying to find another to take the tie into extra time but they were unable to prise open the Hammers defence. Approaching the last kick of the game, the Hammers nearly went even further ahead when Maiga picked up the ball on the half way line and smashed a rocket of a shot towards the goal but it sadly hit the crossbar.

The final whistle was met by rapturous cheers from the 4,200 supporters that had travelled in from the East End of London as their side had cemented a place in the semi-final draw. It was later announced that they will face Manchester City for a two-legged tie to commence early in the new year.

Until then however, it is back to the business of the Barclays Premier League with a trip to Old Trafford to tackle Manchester United on Saturday afternoon. Given this result, and with the Red Devils' current form, who knows what could happen.

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