West Ham Cup Run Ended
By Tom Dowsett
Wednesday 23 Sep 2015 13:39:00
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West Ham United's 100% away form came to an end on Tuesday night, as Leicester City scored an extra time winner to once again beat them 2-1 but this time, the Foxes had home advantage, as the Hammers went out of the Capital One Cup.

Slaven Bilic named a strong team for the encounter by only making three changes to the side that won at Manchester City at the weekend, as Winston Reid, Dimitri Payet, and Diafra Sakho were left out, meaning James Collins and Andy Carroll made their first starts of the season, while Mauro Zarate also came in.

Claudio Ranieri's side controlled the opening stages and went in front as early as the fifth minute, when youngster Joe Dodoo slotted the ball past Adrian to give the home side the lead.

Dodoo claimed a hat-trick in the win over Bury in the last round and nearly grabbed his second of this game on 18 minutes, but Collins was in the right place at the right time to knock the ball out for a corner. Thankfully it came to nothing and West Ham survived.

Four minutes later, the hosts piled on more pressure, as James Tomkins was beaten to a header, the ball then broke for Andrej Kramaric who raced past Collins but Adrian got his teammate out of jail and made an easy save from Kramaric's clever effort.

Despite the home side's domination, the Irons found themselves level on 26 minutes, as Manuel Lanzini passed to Zarate, who then tried his luck from the edge of the area and his fierce shot found its way past Mark Schwarzer and into the net.

Just as the hosts were looking to get on the front foot again, the East Londoners were awarded a freekick after Christian Fuchs had fouled Victor Moses. The defender was correctly booked for the offence.

Aaron Cresswell took the set-piece and sent it in the direction of Schwarzer however, the Australian took two attempts to claim the ball.

On 43 minutes, the Hammers had their own spell of pressure but they were unable to find a goal that would have given them the advantage at half-time but they were happy enough when the whistle blew and both teams left the pitch.

The Irons started the better of the two teams in the second-half and could have gone ahead on 51 minutes when a great team move involving Lanzini, Carroll and Zarate resulted in the Argentine going for power rather than precision and wasting the opportunity.

Two minutes later and the home side were back in the ascendancy, as Marc Albrighton unleashed a powerful shot which brought a spectacular save out of Adrian.

Adrian kept his side in the game by making another superb save just nine minutes later, when Mark Noble's failed attempt to send his team on the counter-attack resulted in Andy King picking up possession and tryng his luck but the spaniard was equal to the effort.

On 64 minutes, Bilic decided to make a change, so Payet was introduced in place of Carroll.

The hosts were awarded a freekick just three minutes later, when Pedro Obiang was cautioned for fouling Gökhan Inler however, Adrian was once again on hand to make a superb save to keep his team in the tie.

The visitors made another change on 76 minutes, as Cheikou Kouyate replaced Zarate.

With five minutes of normal time to play, Payet tried to find a winner but his freekick found the side netting.

Moses was the next West Ham player to try and prevent the tie from going into an extra 30 minutes but when he beat two defenders he was then brought down but referee Peter Bankes gave nothing

After a succession of corners were cleared by Ranieri's men, the four minutes of stoppage time that had been added on were up and just like last season if they were going to make it through to the fourth round, the Hammers had to find the elusive goal in extra time.

Both teams were intent on finishing the game without the need for penalties and it was Leicester who came the closest when King tried to flick the ball past Adrian from a corner but the keeper came out on top.

Leicester missed a golden chance as Fuchs sent a great ball into the box but substitute Riyad Mahrez couldn't quite get the telling touch to finish the chance off.

Shortly after, Cresswell who, it has to be said, had a bit of an indifferent night crossed for Noble from the byline however, when the skipper received the ball he was clearly brought down and the East Londoners thought they should have been given the chance to win the game from the spot. Unfortunately though, Bankes booked the captain for diving.

Into the last 15 minutes, and Mahrez had a golden chance to see of the challenge of West Ham but he failed to beat Adrian.

The hosts had further chances to score but another superb save from Adrian and a curling freekick from Jeffrey Schlupp which hit of post and crossbar saved the Hammers.

With seven minutes of the extra period left, West Ham made their final change, as Obiang was replaced by Winston Reid.

Noble had a chance for the Hammers but curled his effort over the bar.

With the game drawing to a close, it was heartbreak for the visitors, as with four minutes left, Fuchs sent the ball into the box and King got his head to it to power past Adrian, meaning West Ham had little time to come up with a second equaliser.

Two minutes of stoppage time were signalled before the final whistle blew, bringing to an end. West Ham's participation in the competition for another year.

They will hope to continue their excellent league form by claiming another victory at home to Norwich City on Saturday afternoon.

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