Hammers Bring Cup Tie Home
By Tom Dowsett
Wednesday 07 Jan 2015 14:51:00
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West Ham United and Everton will take their third-round tie to a replay at Upton Park on Tuesday 13 January after a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park last night.

Sam Allardyce made four changes to the side that took on West Bromwich Albion last time out, as club captain Kevin Nolan, Mark Noble, Matt Jarvis and Enner Valencia all started in place of Alex Song, Cheikou Kouyate and Diafra Sakho, while Andy Carroll was left out due to a minor foot injury picked up in training on Monday.

The visitors could have made the perfect start of the game when Valencia put goalkeeper Joel Robles under pressure. The Spaniard dropped the ball but the striker couldn't benefit as referee Anthony Taylor blew for offside.

The Hammers started to dominate proceedings and earned a succession of corners but weren't able to apply the finishing touch to any of them and the Toffees eventually saw off the danger.

There were then chances at either end, as both goalkeepers got a taste of the action. First, Adrian did well to take the ball from the toe of Kevin Mirallas. The Spaniard initially fumbled the effort but managed to gather at the second attempt.

A minute later Robles got a hand to Stewart Downing's powerful shot and tipped it over.

The Irons were again putting the Everton defence under pressure but wasted a good chance when Jarvis shot straight at Robles.

Minutes later, the home side were on the attack as Nolan gifted possession to Steven Naismith. The Scotsman went on a surging run but Winston Reid produced an outstanding tackle and cleared the danger.

The hosts were also guilty of wasting good opportunities, none more so than on 25 minutes when Romelau Lukaku sprinted away, only to drag his shot wide.

Valencia posed a real problem for Roberto Martinez's side and he excellently held off the challenge of three Everton defenders before seeing the ball go out play for a throw. Thanks to his endeavours West Ham regained the initiative and forced another series of corners.

The match continued at a fast pace with both teams having more chances to take the lead going into half-time but when the referee blew the whistle, it was still goalless.

The Hammers started the second-half on the front foot again and were unlucky not to go ahead on 50 minutes. Carl Jenkinson burst into the box and nearly beat Robles after he got the better of Brian Oviedo but the goalkeeper blocked his effort at the near post.

Jenkinson was alert to halt the threat of Lukaku after the striker had evaded the challenges of both Winston Reid and Noble on 54 minutes.

A minute later, the Hammers went ahead after Downing's corner found Morgan Amalfitano and his cross was headed home by James Collins to send the travelling support into raptures.

Shortly after the visitors should have made 2-0 when another corner was sent over for Noble to get control of, he in turn found Valencia, whose header was brilliantly pushed over the top by Robles.

On the hour mark, Lukaku thought he had levelled for the Toffees but Taylor correctly ruled the effort out. A push on Aaron Cresswell meant the Hammers were given a freekick but before it is taken, Big Sam made his first change, deciding to replace Valencia with Carlton Cole.

The Irons went close to adding a second when Downing sent a shot wide of the near post. Allardyce again made a change, as he brought off Jarvis for Diego Poyet.

The visitors continued to pile on the pressure but saw some good chances elude them before the manager made a final change, as Joey O'Brien replaced Amalfitano in an effort to try and keep hold of the slender advantage they had given themselves.

Ross Barkley tested Adrian on 84 minutes, but the Spaniard reacted brilliantly to keep the scoreline in the visitors' favour.

Everton were still putting the pressure on and in the first of four added minutes, just as the East Londoners were staring their first win at Goodison Park for ten years in the face, their resistance was broken. Oviedo managed to send a cross over to Lukaku despite the best efforts of Reid and O'Brien and it was left to the Belgian striker to plant the ball past Adrian. It was heartbreak for all connected with West Ham.

If the Hammers are to progress, they will have to do it in front of their home fans. Before then however, attention switches to Saturday's Premier League trip to Swansea City.


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