WEST HAM UNITED v CHELTENHAM TOWN
CAPITAL ONE CUP SECOND ROUND
TUESDAY 27 AUGUST 2013
REFEREE: GRAHAM SCOTT
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Final score - West Ham United 2-1 Cheltenham Town
95: Adrian lamps the ball upfield and that's it. West Ham are safely through on a night that maybe should have seen them win by a wide margin. Great goals from Vaz Te and Morrison were the highlight, while Adrian will be disappointed to have conceded a penalty on his debut. No matter, the Hammers will be in the hat tomorrow night. Thanks for joining us. We will have exclusive reaction and highlights on West Ham TV, whufc.com and the Club's social media platforms soon. Don't forget, it's Kids for a Quid here on Saturday, when Stoke City are the visitors in the Barclays Premier League.
94: Substitute Kotwica sees his shot bounce well wide. That could be Cheltenham's last hurrah, but we shall see. Goal kick.
93: Cheltenham somehow survive as first Rat drives in a shot that is parried by Brown, then Taylor latches onto the rebound and sees his thumper cleared off the line by Inniss. The build-up beforehand was very good, involving Morrison, Diame, Downing and Taylor.
91: We will have four added minutes. By the way, Ravel Morrison has been voted Man of the Match by Match Sponsor Brac Contracts. He got his first goal for the Club tonight and a good one at that.
90: We won't have six added minutes this half, but we might have four.
89: Tomkins clears for a throw under pressure. This one is hurled into the box by Lowe and Inniss flicks the header wide of the near post. Close-ish. I think Adrian had that covered.
88: Cheltenham haven't given up here just yet, but the Hammers are thwarting their attempts to put some concerted pressure on Adrian's goal.
86: Liverpool and Fulham are being held by Notts County and Burton Albion respectively. The Reds were 2-0 up at Anfield, so that's some comeback from Big Sam's old club. Sunderland have equalised against MK Dons from 2-0 down.
85: One day, one of those will go in! Tomkins collects a pass from Taylor and comes forward 20 yards before driving a shot wide from about 30. That had Brown scrambling, but the ball beat the post by a yard or two.
83: Cheltenham replace Penn with No21 Ashley Vincent. The Robins captain is injured. Elsewhere, Barclays Premier League sides Sunderland and Crystal Palace are losing at home to MK Dons and at Bristol City respectively.
80: Into the final eleven minutes and West Ham continue to create chances. This time Diame drives forward with purpose and finds Morrison. He plays in Rat, whose first-time cross takes a slight nick off a defender and eludes Vaz Te, who ends up in the net.
77: Cheltenham bring on youngster Kotwica for Gornell.
76: Cor, we nearly saw a collector's item there! Downing's corner is high to the far post, where Tomkins is lurking. He heads back across goal, from where McCartney nods powerfully goalwards, only for the ball to hit a defender and smack off the face of the crossbar. Cheltenham clear.
75: More patient build-up from the Hammers as Morrison picks out Collison inside the box. He turns, drops his shoulder and forces Brown into a diving save with a rising shot. Corner.
72: Downing turns on the afterburners but he cannot beat Braham-Barrett. The full-back concedes a corner, though. Downing takes but the initial delivery is cleared. West Ham work it back to the No23, but his second cross is too high for Rat and Cheltenham bring the ball away.
71: Taylor has a go this time, but again the effort is off-target from the Robins' No4.
69: It's all Hammers and Cheltenham are struggling to get out of their own half. However, a succession of crosses comes to nothing. Cheltenham break and the attack ends with Harrison blazing high over the bar from about 25 yards.
67: West Ham are back in control again. Morrison collects about 35 yards out before racing forward and driving a shot over from 25.
66: Great football as Diame, Collison, Downing and Morrison are involved before the No15 tees up Taylor. He takes a touch before shooting low and wide with his right foot.
63: Cheltenham bring on striker Byron Harrison for midfielder Sam Deering. Downing curls in the free-kick dangerously and McCartney glances a header a yard or two over the crossbar.
62: Tomkins sweeps the ball forward for Vaz Te to chase and Elliott hauls back the striker. Yellow card for the big centre-back.
60: From being totally comfortable and looking like they could run away with it, West Ham are now under a bit of pressure. Cheltenham will be energised by that goal. Anyway, Taylor has a go from Vaz Te's pass but Elliott blocks.
57: Goal! Maybe this game isn't over as Richards beats Adrian from 12 yards, despite the Spaniard going the right way. The Cheltenham fans roar with approval and Richards retrieves the ball from the net.
56: I am not entirely sure what happened there but Cheltenham have a penalty. The bouncing ball eluded Adrian as he came out from goal and a Robins forward - McGlashan, I think - ended up on the floor. Rat cleared the ball off the line, but Mr Scott blew and pointed to the spot. Yellow card for the goalkeeper and Richards will take...
55: Cheltenham win a free-kick 30 yards out and McGlashan has another go at finding the top tier. Again, he comes up just short. Unlucky.
54: McGlashan has a go from about 30 yards, but the ball nearly finds the top tier of the Sir Trevor Brooking Stand.
53: It could easily be 3-0 as West Ham turn on the style. Morrison finds Taylor, whose cross is there for Downing to attack. He beats Braham-Barrett in the air and thumps a header a yard wide of the far post.
52: It could easily be 3-0 as West Ham turn on the style. Vaz Te finds Diame wide left. He lays back for Taylor, whose cross picks out Vaz Te between the centre-backs. His header is powerful and on target and Brown does well to punch clear.
48: Diame looks like a giant out there. He is a big man and has a lot of attributes. One of them is pace, as he wins the loose ball in midfield, beats one man and then streaks 30 yards to the edge of the D before spanking a left-foot shot over the crossbar. 'Oooohs' from the home fans. To be fair, the Cheltenham fans are enjoying themselves too.
45.38: GOAL! Another superb goal and this time it is Ravel Morrison. Downing is involved, controlling and then sliding the ball inside for Morrison, who uses a piece of skill to lose the attentions of two defenders before driving a low right-foot shot inside Brown's left-hand post. Superb skill. Superb finish.
One half-time change from Big Sam as Stewart Downing is on for Cole.
Half-time score - West Ham United 1-0 Cheltenham Town
52: That's half-time. An opening half that has been a bit of a slow burner ends with a fizzer from Vaz Te. It's the second consecutive start in which he has scored following a goal in the final game of last season against Reading. The only downer is the loss of Diarra to injury. Join us again in 15 for the second half.
51: West Ham have upped the tempo. Diame and Vaz Te combine before Cole wins another corner. It's to the far post for Tomkins from Cole, but the No5 heads wide of the target.
50: The second corner is taken short before Morrison and Collison combine on the edge of the box. Eventually, the ball falls to Diame, who flicks it up for himself before acrobatically volleying over the crossbar.
49: Very patient stuff from the Hammers ends with Rat winning a corner off Lowe's head. Cole comes across to take right-footed. The corner is headed into the air by Morrison before falling to Tomkins on the corner of the box. He is leaning back, but still works Brown with a dipping effort.
46: Into the first of six added minutes and Rat's cross from the left takes a deflection on its way to Morrison, who lashes at the bouncing ball and slices a volley wide.
42: GOAL! Pick that out! That's a special goal from Vaz Te, who curls an unstoppable shot over the wall and high into the top left-hand corner. What a strike! Vaz Te looks a bit shocked to have done that, but he is soon surrounding by celebrating team-mates. It's not been a classic opening half, but that made up for it!
41: Patient build-up ends with Chambers' cross landing at Diame's feet. He has to go outside the box to keep the ball and then plays it square to Collison. He finds Morrison, whose initial shot is blocked before the No15 is fouled. Free-kick which Vaz Te fancies. He practises these every day at training...
39: Richards comes within a yard of putting Cheltenham in front. A loose ball drops to the No14 after McCartney failed to clear and the bald-headed midfielder smashes a right-foot shot just over the top from 25 yards. Adrian was struggling to keep that one out had it been a yard lower.
37: Well, well, well. A promising Hammers attack sees Chambers and Cole combine down the right from Adrian's accurate clearance. Cole then plays a one-two with Morrison and the latter runs into the box before going to ground. Mr Scott blows his whistle and books Morrison for simulation. No replays in the Press Box tonight, so I cannot tell you if that was a fair decision or not.
34: Mohamed Diame is the man to replace Diarra, who is sadly being carried off. Let's hope it's not as bad as it looks for the big Frenchman, who receives a decent round as he reaches the touchline. Diame gets a loud roar as he runs onto the pitch.
32: Diarra has the physio on again. It seems to be his right knee. Taylor signals to the bench that the No18 is going to need to go off. The Pitch Rescue team trot out with their big orange stretcher.
31: West Ham inject a bit of pace into their attack as Diarra finds Cole, who tries to slide in the overlapping Chambers. Braham-Barrett tracks the run and wins the ball before Cole charges down a clearance and the ball spins away for a goal kick.
29: Gornell threatens down the right, beating Diarra and Taylor before being stopped in his tracks by Rat. He finds Taylor, who plays the ball to Morrison. The No15 is under a bit of pressure but shows good composure to lose his man and bring the ball clear. Applause from the home faithful.
25: Chambers has settled into the game. He is a good footballer, is the England Under-19 international, and he has already played a number of decent passes into the midfield. Chambers, who is wearing No37, spent much of the second half of last season out with a knee injury, but he has always been highly thought of at the Club. Indeed, he was on the bench for three Barclays Premier League matches in October and November prior to his injury.
21: Cheltenham are giving a good account of themselves so far. There is really nothing in the game. I should mention that Inniss is back on, albeit sporting a shirt with no name or number on the back.
20: Diarra tries a few jogs along the touchline before re-entering the fray.
18: Diarra is hurt again, this time making a challenge inside his own half. It's his right leg this time. The France international hobbles a few yards towards the touchline and then sits down on the turf. His race may well be run. Nolan is out warming up.
15: Diarra falls on the ball and he seems to have hurt himself, but he's also given away a free-kick in a central area about 30 yards out. My money here is on Richards. The former Ipswich man curls his shot a fair way off target. Goal kick.
12: West Ham build nicely through the midfield - including Vaz Te doing the splits to make a pass to Diarra - Chambers finds Cole with a neat pass and the No26 wins a corner. Taylor takes, but it's easily headed clear at the near post.
9: Cheltenham come again from a loose ball. The ball spins wide left and Deering crosses high for McGlashan, but the ball loops over the head of the No11 and bounces away for a goal kick. Moments later, Vaz Te and Inniss clash accidentally and the defender needs the physio on. He goes off with what looks to be a cut above his eye. Presumably he'll want to be bandaged up and return to the action.
8: Referee Graham Scott blows for a foul by Elliott and West Ham have a free-kick inside their own penalty area.
7: Deering cuts in on his left foot and shoots from about 30 yards. Tomkins blocks it and the ball spins away for a corner across the turf. Richards to take...
6: Lowe's header in from the right-back position puts Inniss under pressure but the on-loan Crystal Palace man has the strength to hold off Vaz Te and Elliott hacks upfield.
4: Taylor drives the free-kick around the wall but it's straight at Brown, who catches. Good handling from the Cheltenham stopper. Cole and Braham-Barrett are both able to continue.
3: Both physios are on after a clash of heads between Cole and Braham-Barrett, the Cheltenham left-back. It's a foul on Cole as he flicked the ball on before being caught from behind by the No22. It's a dangerous position, too, just 25 yards out to the right of the Robins' goal.
1: Cheltenham win a free-kick about ten yards inside the West Ham half. It's lofted into the box and Tomkins does well to flick the header clear while running towards his own goal. Rat is then tripped as he brings the ball away.
7.45pm - We're off and running as Cheltenham kick-off shooting towards the Bobby Moore Stand end. They have brought 1,500-odd fans from Gloucestershire, including their West Ham-supporting chairman Paul Baker, who used to take the bus from Cheltenham to the Boleyn as a teenager. Great work!
7.42pm - It's time for a bit of Bubbles and here come the two teams, led by captains Tomkins and Penn. It's a proud moment for Academy graduate Tomkins, who has been with the club since the age of seven, when he joined the Hammers as a striker.
7.40pm - You can watch the behind the scenes build-up to tonight's tie now on the Official YouTube channel by clicking on the link above.
7.20pm - I am guessing, but I would think West Ham will line up as follows. Adrian in goal, with Chambers at right-back, Rat at left-back and Tomkins and McCartney in the centre. In central midfield, I'd expect it to be Diarra sitting deep behind Taylor and Morrison, with Cole and Collison either side of centre forward Vaz Te. I might be completely wrong, though.
6.50pm - The team news is in and Big Sam has named four full debutants this evening - Adrian, Razvan Rat, Ravel Morrison and Leo Chambers! James Tomkins will captain West Ham for the first time in a competitive match, I believe.
West Ham United: Adrian, Chambers, Tomkins (c), McCartney, Rat, Diarra (Diame 34), Cole (Downing 46), Collison, Taylor, Morrison, Vaz Te
Subs: Henderson, Nolan, Lee, Lletget, Ruddock
Cheltenham Town: S.Brown, Lowe, Taylor, Elliott, Deering (Harrison 63), Gornell (Kotwica 77), McGlashan, Richards, Inniss, Penn (c), Braham-Barrett
Subs: Roberts, Jones, Jombati, Vincent, Gillespie
Good evening and welcome to the Boleyn Ground for tonight's Capital One Cup second-round tie between West Ham United and Sky Bet League Two club Cheltenham Town.
The Hammers will be confident of reaching the third round, but they cannot under-estimate the threat posed by the Robins, who came from 3-1 down to defeat Crawley Town in the first round.
The Robins, who have never reached the third round themselves in 15 years as a Football League club, come into the game on the back of a first league win of 2013/14 on Saturday - 1-0 at Accrington Stanley. West Ham, of course, secured a creditable 0-0 Barclays Premier League draw at Newcastle United on Saturday, meaning Sam Allardyce's side have yet to concede a goal this season.
As is often the case in the Capital One Cup, Big Sam could look to give first-team opportunities to those players who have not featured in the Barclays Premier League so far this season. 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, while youngsters Sebastian Lletget, Elliot Lee and Pelly Ruddock are also likely to be given a chance in the matchday 18.
For Cheltenham, manager Mark Yates is without striker Jamie Cureton for this fixture, with the veteran currently sidelined by a dislocated shoulder. Forward Terry Gornell got through Saturday's Sky Bet League Two win at Accrington Stanley without any reaction his recent groin injury and he is likely to start, while on-loan striker Steven Gillespie has been handed permission from Fleetwood Town to play in this fixture and he is likely to play some part.
Team news will be confirmed at just after 6.45pm. Meanwhile, you can follow all of the big-match build-up on the Club's social media platforms, which can be accessed by clicking on the links at the top of this page.