WEST HAM UNITED v ALDERSHOT TOWN
CARLING CUP FIRST ROUND
WEDNESDAY 24 AUGUST 2011
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Final score - West Ham United 1-2 Aldershot Town
96 mins - That's it. Aldershot have won. West Ham are out. Highlights and post-match reaction will appear on West Ham TV. The Hammers return to npower Championship action at Nottingham Forest on Sunday afternoon.
95 mins - The Aldershot fans are whistling...
94 mins - That's West Ham's best chance of the second half and probably their last chance of the match. A long diagonal ball is not dealt with by Straker and Taylor gets there. He takes a touch and shoots with his right foot, but the ball hits the side-netting and not the back of the net.
93 mins - Aldershot are playing out time deep in the Hammers half, winning a couple of throw-ins. Finally the ball goes behind for a goal kick.
92 mins - Time is running out and the ball is in the East Stand ahead of an Aldershot throw.
91 mins - Stanislas himself strikes the free-kick and Young dives to his left to save.
90 mins - Stanislas heads the ball forward and an Aldershot player handles. We're going to have five added minutes. First, Hylton goes off and Anthony Pulis comes on.
89 mins - GOAL! McGlashan gets down the left and out-paces Ilunga before crossing. The ball falls to Hylton, who drives a low right-footed shot across Boffin and into the bottom corner.
89 mins - They probably won't now...
88 mins - Nouble gets forward and crosses low from the right, but Aldershot clear. The 19,879-strong crowd could have extra time on their hands soon...
86 mins - Boffin is called into action again, clawing Hylton's shot out for a corner, Rodman curls the ball over, but Mr Scott has spotted an infringement.
86 mins - West Ham have a free-kick on halfway. Ilunga launches it into the box and Reid wins it. The ball bounces up and Collins controls before smashing upfield.
85 mins - Another chance! Straker crosses and Boffin elects not to come. The ball bounces up and McGlashan flings himself at it, but his header goes over. Just.
84 mins - The Shots are still firing. This time, it's striker Rankine who comes close, turning and firing a rising blast that flashes past the left-hand post. The away fans fancy their chances.
82 mins - West Ham won't want extra time, but they won't want to go out either. They need to fashion a chance here, somehow, with their ten men...
79 mins - Aldershot look the most likely to win this as McGlashan turns and slams a shot a couple of yards over the top.
77 mins - GOAL! Aldershot are level! A cross from the right lands at the feet of Rodman, who cuts inside and shoots. The bal hits Boffin on the legs and Guttridge reacts quickest to slam the ball into the bottom right-hand corner.
76 mins - Aldershot clear the corner and Ilunga fouls McGlashan.
75 mins - Ooooh, so close! Stanislas curls over a superb cross and Nolan leaps, but the combined efforts of centre-backs Jones and Morris keep the ball out as it flicks off a head and behind for a corner. It was only a yard or two wide of the far post.
74 mins - The corner is punched by Boffin but straight to an Aldershot player. He shoots but Nolan is there to hack clear from inside his own six-yard box.
74 mins - That's half a chance. A cross comes in from the right and Hylton's header is goalbound until McCartney nods away. West Ham concede possession again and Rankine has a chance, but Faubert makes a fine block.
72 mins - Nouble is putting himself about already, chasing down defenders and hassling strongly. He earns a good cheer from the home fans for his work ethic.
69 mins - A final change from Big Sam as Piquionne comes off to be replaced by Frank Nouble.
68 mins - Substitute Rankine gets in behind the back four, but Taylor shows good pace to get back and make the sliding challenge. He concedes a corner, which is powerfully headed clear.
66 mins - Herd brings down Ilunga and the crowd want the referee to make it 10v10. He doesn't. Mr Scott books the Aldershot right-back and captain.
65 mins - Aldershot make a second change, with the speedy Jermaine McGlashan replacing Vincenti. That's another attacking change from Dean Holdsworth.
63 mins - The unfortunate McNaughton is the first West Ham player to be sent-off since Piquionne at Everton on 21 January 2011.
60 mins - Another effort from distance, this time from Rodman. The ball flashes across the face of goal and out for a goal kick. Boffin was diving, so it must have been close.
58 mins - It's still pretty end-to-end here as Jersey international Vincenti tries his luck again from 25 yards. The tall midfielder drags his effort low and wide of the left-hand post.
55 mins - Aldershot also make a change. Michael Rankine is on for Taylor.
53 mins - Before the corner can be taken, Barrera is replaced by Taylor. The corner comes to nothing. Aldershot break through Hylton, but Ilunga smashes the ball against the striker and it loops high and behind for a goal kick.
53 mins - It's all happening. Boffin's long clearance is controlled by Piquionne. He holds the ball up and finds Stanislas, whose rasping shot from 25 yards is tipped over by Young.
51 mins - The home side are creaking a bit here. A cross from the left comes in and Hylton's shot is well blocked by McCartney.
50 mins - They fancy this now, do Aldershot Town, as Rodman takes advantage of a Reid slip to hammer a low shot a couple of yards wide of the left-hand post. McCartney is now playing at centre-back, with Ilunga at left-back and Piquionne up front on his own.
49 mins - Three free-kick is delayed while McNaughton makes his way off. The free-kick from Vincenti takes a deflection off the wall and goes narrowly wide. The visitors want a penalty for handball! The corner comes to nothing as a free-kick is given. In the break in play, Ilunga replaces Carew.
47 mins - McNaughton is sent-off on his debut. The centre-back is out-paced by Hylton and he elects to slide in. He mis-times it and brings down the No10. Referee Mr Scott pulls out the red card!
47 mins - No changes from either manager and no chances since the break...Until now...
46 mins - We're back underway again here...
OK, we're nearly ready to re-start. Before we do, just to tell you that Jordan Spence's Bristol City are drawing 0-0 with Paolo Di Canio's Swindon Town at half-time in another first-round tie.
Half-time score - West Ham United 1-0 Aldershot Town
47 mins - After a couple of minutes of added time, the referee blows for half-time. Join us again in less than 15 minutes for the second period.
46 mins - Half a chance for Sears from a neat pass by Barrera, but he is forced wide and his low cross for Stanislas is easily cut out. Moments later, a block by Straker sees the ball fly out of the ground between the Sir Trevor Brooking and East Stands. That's on its way to the bus station...
44 mins - To be fair to Aldershot, they're giving this a good go, as you might expect. They're being out-passed, but they've forced four corners and Boffin has had to make a few saves.
42 mins - Aldershot win another corner as Rodman's cross hits McCartney. Rodman takes and Morris heads down, forcing Stanislas to stab off the line. The Shots come again and have a shot through Taylor from 25 yards, but Boffin is there to claim.
38 mins - Left-back Straker leads the charge this time and cuts the ball right to Rodman. His low cross is dangerous, but Boffin shows good handling as he dives to his right to cut it out.
36 mins - Rodman takes a corner from the right and McNaughton bravely heads clear. He's won virtually everything that has come his way so far.
35 mins - Piquionne does well again, getting to the byline and pulling a low ball back for Sears. It's a shooting chance, but the No19 jumps a bit as he shoots and it's blocked. Sears tries again, but the ball goes behind for a goal kick.
32 mins - McCartney gives the ball to Rodman, who beats Nolan and crosses. Aldershot have three men in the box, but Guttridge's volley is wayward. Barrera brings the ball away and a loose touch nearly lets in Stanislas, but Young is out quickly to clear.
30 mins - Reid intercepts and sends Carew off down the right. The big man shows a turn of pace to get there first and win a throw. The ball is worked across to Barrera and McCartney, but the latter's cross is headed on to Sears, who is offside.
28 mins - Hylton shoots from distance and the ball hits McNaughton. Corner. Rodman takes and Darren Jones rises high but can only glance his header well wide of the target.
26 mins - Stanislas is enjoying himself. He shoots again from very near where he scored earlier, but this time it's close enough for Young to dive to his left and push the ball away for a throw in front of the East Stand.
26 mins - The ball skips behind off a head for an Aldershot corner. It's taken short, but the long-ranger from Vincenti is well over the top.
25 mins - Great football by West Ham. Piquionne, who has looked lively, combines down the left with Barrera, who bursts into the box and crosses low for Carew. The ball is just behind the Norwegian, who tries to backheel it past Young. There is not quite enough pace on the ball and Young saves low down.
23 mins - Good tracking by Nolan, who races back towards his own corner flag to close down Rodman. The No11 tries to skip past the Hammers skipper, but just knocks the ball behind for a goal kick.
21 mins - McNaughton has done well so far. He's done everything simple so far.
18 mins - It's a very entertaining game this. West Ham threaten again through Stanislas, but his pass is cut out and Aldershot break. A long shot comes in and Boffin parries. He leaps and gets to the loose ball, but Faubert is challenged in the melee and needs the physio on. It's time for a drink while the magic sponge does its work.
16 mins - GOAL! Barrera runs at Herd but loses out to the visiting skipper. However, the Mexican hassles and hassles and eventually Herd makes a mistake by passing straight to Stanislas. He takes a touch and curls a superb shot into the top right-hand corner from 25 yards.
15 mins - I am reliably informed that Big Sam has made nine changes to the starting XI that drew with Leeds on Sunday. Only Reid and Nolan started both games.
14 mins - Signs of West Ham taking a hold on the game. Stanislas feeds Faubert wide right. He crosses and Carew gets his head to the ball, but can't direct it goalwards. Aldershot clear their lines.
12 mins - Faubert smashes a free-kick from inside his own half up to the edge of the penalty area. Carew wins the header and the ball drops to Barrera. He runs and crosses left-footed, but again Young makes the catch,
11 mins - Aldershot threaten again as Hylton breaks through a challenge and cuts inside. He shoots right-footed from about 25 yards but it is straight at Boffin.
8 mins - It's open so far. Piquionne loops a pass over the left-back Straker to Sears. He looks up and clips in a high cross that Young claims above the head of Carew.
6 mins - That's a golden chance for the visitors. Taylor races on to a through ball and is clear. Boffin hesitates, but makes up for his error by saving with his legs. McNaughton clears up by smashing the ball out for a throw.
5 mins - West Ham's first proper attack sees Piquionne break down the right and clip in a cross aimed for Carew. Instead, Barrera wins the header but it hits a defender.
4 mins - Aldershot force another throw off Reid. Straker takes it and the ball is headed back to him. The Grenada international hammers the ball across the box at head height, but there is nobody able to take advantage.
3 mins - West Ham are playing in a 4-5-1/4-3-3 formation, with Barrera left and Piquionne right of Nolan, Sears and Stanislas. Carew is leading the line.
2 mins - That will do McNaughton the power of good as he wins a header above Taylor and then stabs a decent ball down the left flank for Carew to chase.
1 min - A long throw into the box drops to Taylor, but his white boot can only volley the ball high over the top. That was a half-chance within 60 seconds for the visitors.
7.46pm - Aldershot's Luke Guttridge gets us underway...
7.45pm - Carew is wearing some snazzy bright yellow boots. Aldershot Town's players have a huddle and we're nearly ready to go...
7.42pm - The two teams emerge to 'Bubbles' led by captains Kevin Nolan and Ben Herd. George McCartney gets a good reception as his name is read out. John Carew also gets a 'Careeeeeeeeeeeeew' from the fans! Finally, 'No37 Callum McNaughton' is welcomed to the first team by the supporters. Nice touch, that.
7.35pm - Aldershot will be in all-white tonight, while West Ham have altered their home strip slightly to wear blue shorts and blue socks. Just to give them a mention, young professionals Ahmed Abdulla, Callum Driver and Eoin Wearen were also called-up as part of the matchday squad this evening.
7.20pm - The two teams are out on the pitch warming-up. The Aldershot Town fans are making a fair bit of noise away to my left in the Sir Trevor Brooking Stand. To give you a bit more information about Callum McNaughton, he signed a third-year scholarship in summer 2010 before being rewarded with a first professional contract in July 2011. I have just spoken to Academy Director Tony Carr and he is excited about the prospect of another Academy graduate making his first-team bow.
7pm - On the bench tonight are third-year scholar goalkeeper Sam Cowler, who will wear No42 and England Under-18 pair George Moncur (No44) and Robert Hall (No46). Moncur scored for West Ham against Aldershot Town in an FA Youth Cup third-round victory over The Shots here in December 2010.
6.55pm - John Carew makes his full debut, George McCartney makes his second 'debut' and Academy graduate and first-year professional Callum McNaughton makes his West Ham United debut! The No37 was born in Bishop's Stortford, spent a spell on loan at his hometown club and returned to captain the Hammers reserve team at the end of last season. Tall and confident, McNaughton is 19 and flame-haired.
6.50pm - The teams are in...
West Ham United: Boffin, Faubert, McCartney, McNaughton, Reid, Sears, Barrera, Stanislas, Nolan, Piquionne, Carew
Subs: Cowler, Taylor, Noble, Ilunga, Nouble, Moncur, Hall.
Aldershot Town: Young, Herd, Straker, Jones, Morris, Guttridge, Collins, Vincenti, Taylor, Hylton, Rodman
Subs: Worner, Brown, Pulis, Montgomery, Bubb, McGlashan, Rankine
6.30pm - The Aldershot Town squad have arrived at the Boleyn Ground. Rumour has it that more than 1,500 travelling fans are making the trip to east London to cheer their team on. We should have team news for you in about 15 minutes...
Good evening and welcome to this evening's re-arranged Carling Cup first-round tie between West Ham United and League Two club Aldershot Town.
The original match was scheduled to take place on Tuesday 9 August, but had to be postponed on police advice due to the civil unrest in parts of London that week.
Tonight, there are no such problems to worry about as West Ham seek to extend their perfect record in the Carling Cup first round - four wins in four attempts! West Ham's most-recent first-round tie was against Southend United on 23 August 2004, when the Hammers ran out 2-0 victors at the Boleyn Ground.
Aldershot, meanwhile, have not won any of the three League Cup first-round ties they have contested since the club was re-formed in 1992.
A full match preview is available here.
The Shots are hoping to become the seventh League Two club to reach the second round, following Barnet, Bristol Rovers, Hereford United, Macclesfield Town, Morecambe and Northampton Town. Paolo Di Canio's Swindon Town could also win through to the second round, as their re-arranged first-round tie with Jordan Spence's Bristol City will also take place tonight.
Aldershot manager and lifelong West Ham supporter Dean Holdsworth will also be keen to get one over his former Bolton Wanderers boss Sam Allardyce. Indeed, Holdsworth has paid tribute to Big Sam for the influence he has had on his coaching career in tonight's matchday programme.
Team news-wise, Allardyce has promised to pick a squad that mixes youth with experience this evening. John Carew could be in line for a full debut, while George McCartney could make his second debut for the Hammers since re-joining the club on a season-long loan from Sunderland.
The two starting lineups and substitutes will be announced at shortly after 6.45pm on this page and on the club's official twitter feed.
West Ham United: Boffin, Faubert, McCartney, McNaughton, Reid, Sears, Barrera (Taylor 53), Stanislas, Nolan, Piquionne (Nouble 69), Carew (Ilunga 49)
Subs: Cowler, Noble, Moncur, Hall.
Aldershot Town: Young, Herd, Straker, Jones, Morris, Guttridge, Collins, Vincenti, Taylor (Rankine 55), Hylton, Rodman
Subs: Worner, Brown, Pulis, Montgomery, Bubb, McGlashan