MANCHESTER CITY v WEST HAM UNITED
CAPITAL ONE CUP SEMI-FINAL FIRST LEG
WEDNESDAY 8 JANUARY 2014
REFEREE: JONATHAN MOSS
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Final score - Manchester City 6-0 West Ham United
93: The final whistle blows. Well, if we can get an early goal in the second leg... The West Ham players go to their fans and show their appreciation for the support tonight. Diame and Rat throw their shirts into the crowd, while Adrian lobs his gloves in too. It's been a painful, painful night for everyone concerned. City were just too good, too quick, too slick and too clinical for the Hammers. Negredo showed his absolute class, while Dzeko got his two goals in the end. Thanks for joining us tonight. Reaction will follow soon. We'll be on the road again at Cardiff on Saturday.
91: Nasri leads a counter-attack. The defence backs off him and the Frenchman pokes a shot at goal from the edge of the penalty area. Straight at Adrian, who collects.
91: Just the two minutes of added time to be played. Mercifully.
89: Goal! I feel so sorry for Adrian. A quick free-kick on the left. Nasri, a Lopes backheel inside the box, Kolarov to the byline, cutback and Dzeko blasts a first-time finish high into the net. Yet again, Adrian was completely powerless.
86: City's shot No29 is from Kolarov. It is well-struck with his left foot, but the Serb is off target to the right. I should say that Rat is now at left-back and McCartney is now back in the middle.
85: Downing runs at Kolarov and slices his cross into the stand. All you can do is sigh and hope for better at Cardiff on Saturday.
82: Yet another cracking save from Adrian. Dzeko's first-time shot is heading for the bottom left-hand corner, but the Spaniard gets down superbly to push the ball around the post. The corner is cleared as far as Kolarov, who drags his effort wide.
79: Negredo will get his standing ovation. The Spaniard is replaced by Kolarov. He has now scored 18 goals in 29 appearances for City this season. Not bad.
75: O'Brien is replaced by Razvan Rat. Demichelis is playing in midfield for City. From Taylor's free-kick, Johnson's header unfortunately falls outside the penalty area and City can clear.
74: Negredo shoots again. Wide. That's City's 24th shot on goal.
73: Portuguese youngster Marcos Lopes replaces Silva. Lopes is 18, was born in Brazil and joined City from Benfica in 2011.
72: City raid again and Negredo tries a curler this time, but it's too high. City have now scored 60 goals in less than 15 complete home games this season.
70: The corner is taken short and yet again Silva and Nasri are up against one defender. They bypass Diame and Nasri crosses to the far post, where Dzeko heads down and Adrian makes a good save. He blocks and West Ham clear.
69: Negredo wants more. Dzeko finds him in space 25 yards out and Johnson makes the block sliding to his left.
66: Toure is replaced by Demichelis. Toure is still hobbling a bit, presumably from his earlier challenge with Diame.
63: Downing is fouled. He takes the free-kick himself, lofting the ball to the far post, where the ball skims off the head of Johnson and away for a goal kick. Behind the goal, the West Ham fans are still singing.
60: Goal! It's 5-0. Dzeko has his goal. CIty carve West Ham open. Toure into Silva, then to Nasri, Silva and through ball for Clichy, who crosses first-time and Dzeko slides in ahead of O'Brien to finish at the near post. If it was Ben Nevis to start with, it was K2 at half-time and now it's Everest.
59: There is a Conga going up and down the stairs in the away end. You really have to admire our supporters!
57: Noble is the man to be replaced. He jogs off, so at least it's not an injury. The corner from Silva comes over and Dzeko heads over.
56: City sweep through the midfield again and win a corner after Silva and Nasri swap passes and McCartney blocks the cross behind.
55: Dzeko collects a cut-back from Nasri and goes down under a challenge from O'Brien. Mr Moss waves his arms. Nothing given. O'Brien has a word with Dzeko and things threaten to boil over until Johnson intervenes. Diarra will be on shortly.
54: The City fans are doing the Poznan. With their backs to goal, they nearly miss Dzeko making it 5-0. The Bosnian fires a powerful shot a yard over the top.
53: O'Brien and McCartney have swapped positions. McCartney is now playing at left-back.
52: Toure curls the free-kick over the wall and over the crossbar. Adrian had it covered. You have to feel for the goalkeeper. He's had no chance at all, and has made a number of good saves. You could have said the same about his performance on Sunday.
51: Demel remonstrates with Mr Moss as he is whistled for holding back Negredo. The Spaniard had his back to goal and went to ground. This is about 20 yards out. Toure...
49: Goal! West Ham don't deal with the corner as City keep possession from Carlton Cole's header. Nasri to Dzeko to Silva, whose low cross is deflected into the path of Negredo, who lashes a left-foot shot curls past a helpless Adrian.
48: West Ham fans here will just want their team to show some heart. Some fight. City force a corner off Demel.
46: City kick-off.
Carlton Cole replaces Maiga at the break.
Half-time score - Manchester City 3-0 West Ham United
49: Half-time. That didn't quite go to plan, did it...
48: A shot on target! Diame has a go from 25 yards again. It curves and dips but it's close enough to the goalkeeper for him to pat it down and collect with ease. The travelling fans sing in sheer jubilation. Unfortunately, I cannot type the exact lyrics on this website.
46: There will be three minutes of added time. Cole finds Diame 25 yards out, but he cannot get a shot away. The ball dribbles through to Pantilimon.
40: Goal! Noble and McCartney get in each other's way on halfway. Johnson backs off as Toure brings the ball forward and the Ivorian runs into the box before sliding the ball into the left corner. If West Ham get to the final, I'd say they have done rather well.
38: West Ham are really on the ropes. Nasri runs into space behind the West Ham midfield and finds Toure. He feeds Zabaleta in loads of space to his right inside the box. The Argentine looks up and crosses low, but O'Brien is there to put the ball behind for a corner. It's taken short and Nasri gets to the byline, but his cross is too heavy. West Ham clear.
36: Nasri plays a one-two, weaves into the box and plays a square ball for the unmarked Dzeko, who leans back and fires powerfully over the top from 16 yards. Some of the City fans around me jump out of their seats and shout in frustration. It must be tough watching this mob...
35: Cole battles for possession inside the City half and the ball breaks loose on the wet turf. Taylor bursts onto it and shoots as he is closed down, firing the ball over the top.
34: Toure into Silva, who feeds Negredo to his left. The Spaniard takes a touch and drives a shot over the top from 25 yards. Since Diame's shot on 18 minutes, West Ham's attacking threat has really dried up. They need a period of possession to build upon.
33: Dzeko powers in another shot from distance that is blocked. West Ham somehow need to re-group and get to half-time only two goals adrift. At present, City are completely dominant.
31: City win another corner. Silva dips one in and Lescott swings his foot at it. The ball goes over the crossbar and into the singing West Ham fans.
30: Taylor battles on halfway and retrieves the ball. He runs down the right at Zabaleta and crosses low for Maiga. It's too close to Pantilimon, who collects on one knee.
29: Dzeko wants to get in on the act and fires in a shot from 25 yards that rises and rises and eludes the top left-hand corner. Ironic cheers from the West Ham fans. They still haven't lost their sense of humour.
26: Goal! Negredo again. Yet again, it's simple but devastating football. A ball out of defence finds Dzeko, who drops deep off Johnson and holds it up, turns and plays in Negredo, who streaks away from McCartney and fires a left-foot shot high into the net via Adrian's left upper arm.
26: Toure hobbles back onto the pitch...
25: I doubt Toure will be able to continue. He is helped off by two City medical people. We shall see... City have a corner, which Nasri takes and is headed clear for a throw from the near post.
24: Adrian gets a cheer and a song from the visiting fans as Toure receives treatment. He turns and claps the West Ham supporters. Good lad.
23: The Spaniard is called into action again. Toure is hurt challenging Diame, but play goes on. Adrian shows his talent by saving first from Silva low to his right, then low to Nasri low to his left. Both were outstanding stops. In between, there were some rather rushed clearances.
21: Adrian can't be a big fan of Negredo. He scored for Sevilla in a 3-3 La Liga draw with Betis last season. In the reverse fixture, Negredo didn't score, but Sevilla won 5-1!
19: Nasri is encouraged to shoot from 25 yards as he brings the ball forward into space. The Frenchman obliges, but his effort is charged down by McCartney and Maiga can hold the ball up on halfway.
18: O'Brien and Cole battle away and win the ball back inside the City half. Diame collects and runs forward. He has support but opts to shoot from 25 yards, dragging his effort low and wide of the left-hand post.
15: Diame tries to drive West Ham forward after Johnson's snappy tackle had won the ball back. He tries to pick out Downing, who forces Clichy to clear for a throw. From it, Demel wins a corner. It's taken short and worked back to Downing, who clips a cross to the far post. It's headed behind. Noble takes this time, but Mr Moss spots an infringement. Free-kick to City inside their own penalty area.
14: West Ham win another corner over on the right, but this time it's headed into the air by a City player and caught by Pantilimon.
12: Goal! City take the lead and it's a simple goal. Toure lofts a long straight ball over the top between O'Brien and McCartney, Negredo runs through the space and despatches a fine volley into the bottom right-hand corner.
11: Cole is fouled in the centre of the pitch about 15 yards inside the City half. A chance to get some bodies forward. It's taken short and Downing wins a corner over on the right. Loud cheers of encouragement... Downing takes and it's too high for the Hammers, but not for Pantilimon, who catches. He's not the shortest, is the City goalkeeper.
10: West Ham's approach is clearly to sit deep and not to allow their hosts any space. The home side are passing the ball around patiently in midfield, but when Silva lifts one over the top for Dzeko, the striker is caught offside.
9: Cheers from the fans as referee Jon Moss takes a tumble on the slippery surface. Away to my left, it's non-stop singing from the Claret and Blue Army.
8: City build patiently and a hush descends over the stadium. It's just sheer expectation, I think. Anyway, after threatening, an overhit pass goes away for a West Ham goal kick.
7: Tactically, it's 4-3-3 from West Ham. Manchester City, as expected, are playing 4-4-2. Nasri is on the right wing and Silva on the left.
5: A decent bit of West Ham possession ends and City break away at pace. West Ham get back, but Dzeko forces a corner. Silva takes it over on the far side and Garcia flashes a header wide of the near post. Some of the fans around me thought that was in. It was a fair way wide, to be honest.
3: Cripes! Silva plays a one-two to get into the box. He crosses low and O'Brien allows the ball to run, unaware of Zabaleta behind him. The No17 just recovers in time and blocks the shot, but the ball is then cleared by McCartney straight into Negredo and Adrian has to dive to his left to hang on.
2: So far so good. Man City have hardly had a kick. Just the 178 minutes to go! The home side attack for the first time down their right and it's Nasri putting pressure on O'Brien, but the Irishman keeps his cool and clears for a throw.
7.45pm - West Ham kick-off shooting away to my left...
7.42pm - Here come the teams... We have the traditional handshakes and the rest. I'm slightly surprised that Man City are in sky blue and West Ham have white shirts and sky blue shorts and socks on.
7.40pm - It's far from full here at the Etihad Stadium. You'd think they'd be used to the rain by now...! On a serious note, I think they're expecting about 35,000 here tonight. The teams should be with us any minute...
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7.20pm - The rain continues to fall as the stadium slowly fills up. Both squads are out on the sodden turf going through their warm-ups.
7.05pm - Big Sam has given us his thoughts ahead of the big game: "It's been a difficult few weeks over Christmas, to be honest. We have done a particular thing to get the players ready for tonight, which was to not use a lot of them on Sunday. Hopefully, they have got the energy, desire and commitment to go out there and get a result against Manchester City - the best team in the Premier League on home soil.
"We all know how good Manchester City are and we will do our best to keep ourselves in the game and score a goal or two if we get the opportunity and basically play the best we can.
"Roger Johnson is not cup-tied and we have got no great height in our team. He is six foot three and has experience and Manchester City's team has six players who are six foot three or taller, so I just wonder if Roger can mark all six of them!
"A draw would be a fantastic result for us tonight. We all know what a fantastic team Man City are. They haven't dropped a point here in the league yet, so a draw would be fantastic for us. We went to Tottenham with little chance according to everyone else and we put in a great performance to get to this stage.
"It's only the first leg tonight and not like a normal cup tie when you win or lose on the night. We have the second leg as well as the first one so we've got a lot to play for tonight to try to achieve the ultimate goal, which would be massive for us if we could get to Wembley."
6.50pm - The semi-final team news is in! West Ham make eight changes from Sunday's FA Cup defeat at Nottingham Forest, with just Adrian, Downing and Maiga retaining their places. It's a completely new back four, with Roger Johnson becoming the sixth Hammer in four days to make his debut. Mark Noble will skipper the side alongside Mo Diame and Matt Taylor in midfield, with Downing and Joe Cole supporting quarter-final hero Maiga. For City, it's four changes from the team held 1-1 at Blackburn Rovers on Saturday, with captain Kompany, Zabaleta, Toure and Nasri coming into the side for Boyata, Nastasic, Fernandinho and Milner.
West Ham United: Adrian, Demel, O'Brien, Johnson, McCartney, Noble (c), Diame, Taylor, Downing, J.Cole, Maiga
Subs: Jaaskelainen, Rat, Diarra, Collison, Morrison, Jarvis. C.Cole
Manchester City: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Clichy, Kompany (c), Lescott, Toure, Garcia, Nasri, Silva, Negredo, Dzeko
Subs: Hart, Nastasic, Demichelis, Kolarov, Fernandinho, Milner, Lopes
6.35pm - Both teams have arrived at the Etihad, where it is chucking it down with rain at present. Who does that benefit? Anyway, we'll have the confirmed team news for you in about ten minutes. In the meantime, why not view our exclusive photo gallery and video offerings on our social media platforms - all completely free of charge! Simply click on the links above to enjoy the big match build-up now...
Good evening and welcome to the Etihad Stadium for tonight's Capital One Cup semi-final first leg between Manchester City and West Ham United.
The Hammers are just 180 minutes from Wembley and their first major cup final in eight years, but Sam Allardyce's side will have to be at their very best to beat Manuel Pellegrini's expensively-assembled Citizens.
While the Barclays Premier League has been an unhappy hunting ground, in the main, the Capital One Cup has provided West Ham with some outstanding moments already this season. Big Sam's side defeated Cheltenham Town and Cardiff City at the Boleyn Ground before going to Sky Bet Championship leaders Burnley in the fourth round and winning 2-0. The quarter-finals proved even more fruitful as West Ham came from a goal down to win 2-1 at Tottenham Hotspur through late goals from Matt Jarvis and Modibo Maiga.
Manchester City have been in stunning form at home this season, winning 13 out of 14 matches in all competitions - losing only to Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League - and scoring 55 goals in the process. In this competition, Pellegrini's men defeated Wigan Athletic 5-0 at home before winning 2-0 at Newcastle United and 3-1 at Leicester City to reach the last-four.
Both sides have scored freely in this competition. Ricardo Vaz Te (two), Ravel Morrison (two), Matt Jarvis (two), Jack Collison, Matt Taylor and Modibo Maiga have netted West Ham's nine Capital One Cup goals, while Edin Dzeko (four), Stevan Jovetic (two), Aleksandar Kolarov, Jesus Navas, Alvaro Negredo and Yaya Toure have netted City's ten goals in their three victories.
The second leg will be played at the Boleyn Ground on Tuesday 21 January at 7.45pm. If you cannot make it to the Etihad Stadium tonight, then why not secure your seat for the return and possibly cheer the Hammers on to Wembley!
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Team news-wise, West Ham's Mark Noble is in the squad after recovering from a calf injury sustained against Fulham on New Year's Day, while new signing Roger Johnson is also available. Captain Kevin Nolan is unavailable as he serves the second game of his four-match suspension, while the game has come too soon for Andy Carroll and Vaz Te, who are both now back in full training. Defensive trio James Tomkins (groin), James Collins (calf) and Winston Reid (ankle) will all miss out.
Manchester City will be without Sergio Aguero (calf), Jesus Navas (knee) and Dedryck Boyata (suspension), Micah Richards and Steven Jovetic will miss the match, but centre-back Martin Demechelis and midfielder Jack Rodwell should be available.
West Ham have reached the League Cup final on two occasions, losing out over two legs to West Bromwich Albion in 1966 and Liverpool after a replay in 1981. City have won this competition twice, in 1970 and 1976, and were runners-up in 1974.
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