Carlton Cole and Jonathan Spector were the Hammers heroes on a spectacular night against Manchester United in the Carling Cup.
Cole struck twice in the second half after Spector, playing in an unfamiliar midfield role, had scored a stunning first-half double to put Avram Grant's men into the semi-finals with a famous 4-0 victory. As well praise for the manager, plaudits will also go to Robert Green in goal and Victor Obinna, who had a hand in all four goals.
The draw will be held after Wednesday night's fixtures and West Ham find themselves just a two-legged tie away from Wembley.
Spector, a former Manchester United player, said: "We just worked hard and gave it a go. We were the underdogs we knew if we worked hard we would get the rewards. Playing in a different position helped me. I got forward a bit more, the first goal was a great ball in from Victor Obinna.
"The second goal was played into Victor again, he was a bit unfortunate to swipe and miss and I kind of just picked up the pieces really. It has been disappointing and frustrating not to be in the team but i have been working hard and hoped for the best."
Cole was a handful all night and got the reward with his first two-goal haul in one match for the club. "It was nice to get up and running now. It is only three for the season so I want to capitalise on that in the next games and improve on my performances."
The No9 was a lively presence in helping his team defend from the front and he paid tribute to Wally Downes' arrival. "Wally is an excellent coach. Defensively he has got us working as a unit. We needed that. All credit to the lads because they have to stick at it and put their foot in where it hurts. Everyone is pulling in the same direction and that is all we can ask for.
"This is a turning point. The weekend win against Wigan was massive. Everyone was saying it was the 'save our season' match and we followed it up with three days later with a win against Manchester United. That is a massive positive for us. We need to keep building and trying to progress."