West Ham’s penalty prize puts them into cup quarter-finals
22:00 29 October 2013
Capital One Cup fourth round: Burnley 0 West Ham United 2
West Ham booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup as their much-changed line-up weathered a Burnley storm before silencing the home crowd with two penalties in the last 15 minutes.
It was a tough evening for the Hammers and they were second best in the first half, but the Premier League class they were able to bring off the bench proved decisive as they finally moved into the last eight.
After the Premier League draw at Swansea just 48 hours prior to this game, manager Sam Allardyce rang the changes and instead of playing without a striker he decided to play two at once in the shape of Modibo Maiga and Carlton Cole.
Pelly Ruddock made his debut, while there were also starting places for youngsters Leo Chambers and Dan Potts in a 3-5-2 formation designed to take the initiative away from high-flying Championship leaders Burnley.
The Turf Moor side made four changes of their own as they looked to stretch their winning run to nine games and after a cautious start they had the first effort as Sam Vokes shot just over the bar.
On 12 minutes, Burnley carved out two good chances. First former Hammer Junior Stanislas cut inside and saw his shot pushed wide by Adrian and from the resulting corner Danny Ings found some room to let fly and the Spanish keeper tipped it over the bar.
West Ham survived a scare on 40 minutes when a glancing header from Ings looked to be heading for the far corner only for Adrian to make a stunning stop and the Hammers to be reprieved by an offside flag as Burnley looked to pounce on the rebound.
All the Hammers had to offer in a lacklustre first half was a long-ranger from Joe Cole that sailed over the bar and James Tomkins’ header from Matt Taylor’s free kick which was hacked away to safety.
Jack Collison, back from his month’s loan at Bournemouth, replaced the ineffective and seemingly disinterested Mo Diame at half time and that seemed to spark the Hammers into life as they took charge at the beginning of the second period.
His cross almost found Carlton Cole, while Ruddock also delivered a dangerous centre, while at the other end Stanislas fired a free kick over the top.
Tomkins met a Joe Cole corner with a downward header that was blocked by the Burnley defence and with the pressure mounting, Carlton Cole nodded down for Maiga whose shot was blocked towards Joe Cole whose overhead kick flew into the net, but was ruled out for offside.
Taylor’s cross flew across the face of goal as Maiga just failed to get anything on the end of it, while Burnley finally tried to restore their control of the game as first Stanislas had a shot blocked and then Kevin Long fired a half volley over the top.
Stewart Downing replaced Carlton Cole on the hour, but it was Burnley who were back in control by then and they came so close to opening the scoring on 67 minutes.
The Clarets won a free kick just outside the box and full back Kieran Trippier’s delicate chip over the wall, beat Adrian but clattered the cross bar and flew away to safety.
It was a let off for the Hammers and they almost made them pay two minutes later when Downing weaved his way into the box to set up Collison, but his goalbound shot was blocked by a defender.
Skipper Kevin Nolan replaced James Tomkins in a strange move with 20 minutes left and the attacking move seemed to have the desired effect as West Ham fought their way back into the match.
On 75 minutes came the pivotal moment of the night. Kevin Nolan was upended by Jason Shackell in the box and the referee looked at it for a moment before pointing to the spot.
Taylor stepped up and thumped the ball into the top corner to give West Ham the lead.
Burnley huffed an puffed in search of an equaliser, with Michael Kightly brought on to add further attacking impetus.
But they were restricted to long-range efforts and one Vokes header which Adrian coped well with and West Ham rubbed salt into the wounds in injury time when Collison was brought down by Keith Treacy.
The Burnley man was sent off and Collison picked himself up to send the keeper the wrong way from the spot.
West Ham: Adrian, Chambers, Potts, Ruddock, Tomkins (Nolan 71), O’Brien, Diame (Collison h/t), Taylor, Cole J, Maiga, Cole C (Downing 59)..
Unused Subs: Spiegel, Morrison, Tombides, Fanimo.
Attendance: 14,376 (2070 West Ham fans)