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Steve Blowers at Upton Park, Recorder Reporter
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Capital One Cup third round: West Ham United 3 Cardiff City 2
In the end, it was just capital for West Ham as Ricardo Vaz Te headed the Hammers into the last 16 with an 88th-minute winner at Upton Park, where Sam Allardyce’s side had earlier surrendered their quick-fire, two-goal lead.
Reformed Ravel Morrison got West Ham off to an absolute flyer before Matt Jarvis notched a second with just seven minutes on the clock.
But after spurning a hat-trick of chances, the Hammers lackadaisically loosened their grip on the tie as Craig Noone pulled one back just before the break and then Peter Odemwingie levelled with a quarter-hour remaining.
But with extra-time looming the Hammers blushes were spared by Vaz Te and Big Sam’s side now find themselves in the fourth round draw,
Both teams had suffered late, late losses at the weekend and following the defeat against Everton, Allardyce retained just four players from the team that had gone down to Everton as only Morrison, Jarvis, James Collins and Modibo Maiga kept their places.
And having opened the scoring against the Merseysiders on Saturday, Morrison wasted no time repeating the feat, when he netted inside the opening 20 seconds.
After Collins tidied up at the back, Maiga found Jarvis, who threaded the ball through to the 19-year-old and, after coolly cutting inside John Brayford, he claimed his third goal of the campaign with a rising shot that gave Joe Lewis no chance.
West Ham could not have asked for a better start and, on seven minutes, they doubled their lead, when Maiga marauded into the Cardiff area and crossed low into the tumbling Jarvis whose eight-yard effort cannoned back off his marker and into the net.
Then on the quarter-hour mark, young Leo Chambers invited Vaz Te to force Lewis into an acrobatic stop, while Maiga sent an angled effort agonisingly beyond the far post.
Certainly, it was all West Ham and when Matt Taylor swung over a right-wing free-kick on 33 minutes, the home side looked all set to add a third but after James Tomkins headed back across goal, James Collins somehow let off his former club by prodding wide from a yard.
Ex-Hammer Malky Mackay had made 11 sweeping changes following his side’s injury-time defeat against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday and the wobbling Welshmen had spent most of the first-half getting to know each other.
But as the interval neared, Noone out-muscled Taylor on the right flank before cutting inside and letting fly with an unstoppable 25-yard curler that gave the airborne Adrian no chance as it flew inside his right-hand upright.
Having given themselves a lifeline, Cardiff emerged for the restart in lively mood as Jordan Mutch tested the Hammers keeper with scorching 20-yarder before ex-Hammer Nicky Maynard tried his luck with an acrobatic close-range volley that the Spaniard blocked with his feet.
Big Sam had replaced Maiga with Mladen Petric at the break, while Mackay brought on Kevin McNaughton for Brayford and, shortly afterwards, Tommy Smith came on for Joe Mason and with West Ham’s early stranglehold on the tie now rapidly diminishing, Mohamed Diame then emerged from the dug-out as Morrison departed to generous applause.
On 62 minutes, Collison almost put the tie beyond the reach of the resurgent Red Dragons with a scorching 20-yarder that Lewis palmed over the top and, when the resultant corner was delivered into the six-yard box, Tomkins could only steer his header high into the Bobby Moore Stand.
Midway through the half, Lewis again did just enough to divert a low cross from Jarvis away from the studs of the sliding Vaz Te, while at the other end Maynard sent a 25-yard free just inches over.
With 20 minutes remaining, Noone almost produced a carbon copy of his first-half stunner, when he burst deep into home territory but this time his bending shot flew beyond the far post.
West Ham failed to heed that warning, though, and with a quarter-hour left, once again, Noone foraged into the Hammers area, where Odemwingie was presented with the simplest of tap-ins to bring Cardiff right back into the tie.
But with extra-time looming, Big Sam’s side shook off the disappointment of losing that two-goal lead, when Chambers played in Collison, who floated a right-wing cross into the six-yard box, where Vaz Te climbed highest to head home the winner.
HAMMERS: Adrian, Chambers, McCartney (Rat 82), Tomkins, Collins, Jarvis, Vaz Te, Taylor, Morrison (Diame 59), Collison, Maiga (Petric h/t) Unused subs: Henderson, Nolan, Ruddock, Moncur.
RED DRAGONS: Lewis, Brayford (McNaughton h/t), Connolly, Hudson, John, Cowie, Mutch, Noone, Mason (Smith 55), Odemwingie, Maynard (Gestede 90+1). Unused subs: Moore, Lappin, Harris, Healey.
Referee: Roger East