Match Report: West Ham 0 Manchester City 3 (0-9 ag)

By Rob Virtue on January 21, 2014 10:54 PM |

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Manchester City rubbed salt into the wounds of West Ham as they triumphed with a 3-0 victory over a poor West Ham side at Upton Park on Tuesday evening, winning the Capital One Cup semi-final by a 9-0 aggregate scoreline.

With Manchester City all ready for Wembley even after the first leg, the Hammers went into this game playing for nothing but pride.

They needing seven goals at the start of tonight, but they have failed to score more than once against Manchester City in their last 17 games.

With Manchester City 6-0 up from the first leg, you would have thought the Citizens would have taken it easy. Think again.

After just three minutes, Alvaro Negredo's free header put Manuel Pellegrini's side 1-0 up and 7-0 on aggregate.

Four minutes later, captain Kevin Nolan thought he had levelled the game with his volley from a Matt Taylor cross, but the linesman ruled it out for offside.

The returning Sergio Aguero eased past the challenge of Roger Johnson, ignored Negredo free in the box and went for glory himself but hit the side netting.

In an action packed first ten minutes, Andy Carroll's flick-on found the feet of Mohamed Diame, however, the Senegal international sliced his shot well over the bar.

Diame was then in the thick of the action again, when he had the beating of Gael Clichy, but Carroll, starting his first game for eight months, diverted his powerful header over the bar.

With 15 minutes on the clock, youngster Marcos Lopes intercepted from a hesitant Taylor, gave the ball to Aguero, who forced a good save from veteran, Jussi Jaaskelainen from 20 yards out.

After just 20 minutes, it was 2-0 on the night and 8-0 on aggregate.

Teenage sensation, Marcos Lopes' pacey run evaded the Hammers midfield, played the ball into Aguero, who jinked past both Johnson and Taylor, skipped past Jaasklainen and simply tapped home to give West Ham a footballing lesson.

The next 15 minutes saw both teams ease off the gas in this already settled semi-final.

City came closes to another when Hammers' on-loan defender, Johnson almost diverted into his own net from a whipping Jesus Navas cross after 38 minutes.

The last time Manchester City lost by an eight goal margin was in 1933 against Wolverhampton Wanderers. It would have been a mountain to climb for West Ham to achieve the same.

After the break, Andy Carroll was replaced by Carlton Cole, while Stewart Downing came on for Joe Cole one minute into the second half.

Ravel Morrison was then brought down in the area by Joleon Lescott, but claims for a penalty were waved away by referee Chris Foy.

On the 50th minute, Downing played a superb through ball to Carlton Cole, with the former England international shrugging off the challenge of Matija Nastasic, but Costel Pantilimon stood strong and saved well.

Thirteen minutes into the second half, Negredo claimed his brace and City's third. After neat and silky play from Lopes and Negredo, the latter steamed into the Hammers' penalty area without a challenge from the defence and chipped the ball over Jaasklainen to make it 9-0 on aggregate.

Just after the hour mark, the visitors made a double substitution with Javi Garcia and Sergio Aguero coming off for Jack Rodwell and Stevan Jovetic.

After a clever free kick taken from Pellegrini's side, the result was Jovetic's cross-cum-shot surprising Jaasklainen and hitting the upright.

With 74 minutes on the clock, West ham's best chance to restore some pride ended with Carlton Cole's header from a Taylor corner going narrowly wide of the left hand post.

More bad news for Sam Allardyce came as Diame was forced to go off on a stretcher after 88 minutes. Jack Collison was the man to replace Diame, but it summed up a miserable night for the West Ham boss.

West Ham: Jaasklainen, Taylor, Tomkins, Johnson, Rat; Diarra, Diame (Collison, 88), Nolan, Morrison, J Cole (Downing, 47); Carroll (C Cole, 45)
Subs Not Used: Adrian, Chambers, Noble, Jarvis

Manchester City: Pantilimon, Clichy, Lescott, Nastasic, Boyata; Lopes, Garcia (Rodwell, 62), Fernandinho, Navas (Kolarov, 78); Negredo, Aguero (Jovetic, 64)
Subs Not Used: Hart, Zabeleta, Demichelis, Dzeko

Attendance: 14,390

Jack Pinnock

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