West Ham: 'It was all or nothing' says Big Sam

By Rob Virtue on December 19, 2013 12:39 AM |

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West Ham went through to the semi-final of the Capital One Cup, after a fantastic 2-1 victory against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Wednesday evening.

Goals from Matt Jarvis and Modibo Maiga saw West Ham through after Emmanuel Adebayor had given Spurs the lead.

Afterwards manager Sam Allardyce said he was delighted with the result.

"It was a case of exploiting the spaces left by Tottenham," said Big Sam. "They tried to go for a second, and we exploited the space. It's all or nothing, it's a quarter-final, and the last 20 minutes we dominated."

"We only had 16 fit players today, and we change a side when you've got such a big fixture list.

"Rotating the side is what we really needed to do, and of course you need them to prove themselves, to go out and put a good performance in. It's a good night for us, but it will be short-lived with the upcoming fixtures that are so important to us."

The win ensures the east London outfit secured a place in the last four, where they will play against an in-form Manchester City side.

Allardyce said of the draw: "It's a tough one. If it was over one leg, and it was at our place (Upton Park) then it would have been nice, but its over two legs which makes it a little more difficult when you know Manchester City have scored an average of four goals in every home game so I'm just hoping we play at home first."

West Ham are back in league action on Saturday when they take on current champions, Manchester United at Old Trafford, before a Boxing Day derby clash against top of the table Arsenal. The Hammers end the New Year at home to fellow strugglers West Bromwich Albion.

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