WEST HAM UNITED v CHELTENHAM TOWN
CAPITAL ONE CUP ROUND TWO
BOLEYN GROUND
TUESDAY 27 AUGUST 2013
KICK-OFF: 7.45PM
REFEREE: GRAHAM SCOTT

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Introduction

West Ham United open their Capital One Cup campaign with a home tie against Sky Bet League Two side Cheltenham Town on Tuesday evening.

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Cheltenham have already had to come through one round to set up their tie with the Hammers, defeating League One outfit Crawley Town 4-3 after extra time.

Their league form has been less impressive, although they did register their first win at the weekend, making the long journey to Accrington Stanley and returning south with the points thanks to Jason Taylor's 71st minute goal.

They are aiming to make the third round of this competition for the first time since entering the Football League in 1999 - they have previously reached Round Two on four occasions.

• West Ham have twice reached the League Cup final, coming up short in 1966 against West Bromwich Albion, and to Liverpool in 1981. They were knocked out in Round Three last year by Wigan Athletic after defeating Crewe Alexandra at this stage.

Sam Allardyce's men have yet to concede a goal in the 2013/14 campaign, having beaten Cardiff City 2-0 and drawn 0-0 with Newcastle thus far,.

Team news

West Ham United

Sam Allardyce could look to give first team opportunities to those players who have not featured in the Barclays Premier League so far. The likes of goalkeeper Adrian, Razvan Rat, James Tomkins and Jack Collison could all make their first appearances of the season, while Ravel Morrison will be hoping to start after coming off the bench in Saturday's 0-0 draw at Newcastle.

George McCartney made his return from a knee injury in Friday night's Development Squad defeat to Tottenham Hotspur and may earn a call into the first team squad.

Cheltenham Town

Experienced striker Jamie Cureton will miss out after dislocating his shoulder on the first day of the season, but fellow forward Terry Gornell has declared himself fully fit and available for selection.

Last Time Out

West Ham United

Saturday 24 August
Barclays Premier League
Newcastle United 0-0 West Ham United
West Ham United: Jaaskelainen; Demel, Reid, Collins, O'Brien; Nolan, Noble, Diame (Morrison 75); Downing (Cole 64) Maiga, Jarvis
Subs not used: Adrian, Tomkins, Rat, Vaz Te, Diarra

Cheltenham Town

Saturday 24 August
Sky Bet League Two
Accrington Stanley 0-1 Cheltenham Town
Cheltenham Town: S.Brown, Lowe, T.Brown, Elliott, Braham-Barnett, Taylor, Deering, Richards, Penn, Gornell (McGlashan 86), Gillespie (Harrison 62)
Subs not used: Roberts, Inniss, Jombati, Vincent, Kotwica
Goal: Taylor 71

Previous meeting

The clubs have never met in competitive football


Ten-year records

West Ham United

2012/13 Premier League 10th
2011/12 Championship 3rd (promoted via Play-Offs)
2010/11 Premier League 20th (relegated to Championship)

2009/10 Premier League 17th

2008/09 Premier League 9th

2007/08 Premier League 10th

2006/07 Premier League 15th

2005/06 Premier League 9th

2004/05 Championship 6th (promoted to Premier League via Play-Offs)

2003/04 Division One 4th


Cheltenham Town

2012/13 League Two 5th
2011/12 League Two 6th
2010/11 League Two 17th
2009/10 League Two 22nd
2008/09 League One 23rd (relegated to League Two)
2007/08 League One 19th
2006/07 League One 17th
2005/06 League Two 5th (promoted to League One via play-offs)
2004/05 League Two 14th
2003/04 Division Three 14th


Referee

• Tuesday's referee will be Graham Scott.

• Scott has only taken charge of one Hammers match before, and they will hope for a better result as he was the man in the middle for the League Cup defeat to Aldershot Town two years ago.

• Hammers man Callum McNaughton saw red on that occasion as the Shots came from behind to triumph 2-1 at the Boleyn Ground.

• Scott's sole refereeing appointment to date this season was a 1-0 win for AFC Bournemouth over Wigan in the Championshup two Saturdays ago, when he issued one red card and six yellows as the Cherries won 1-0.


General Information

• Tickets for this fixture are still available to purchase. Click here for full information.

• The weather forecast for Tuesday evening is a fine one, with clear skies and temperatures of 21C (70F) predicted.

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