Ticket update for cup contest

West Ham United have already turned full attention to Wednesday night's Carling Cup quarter-final visit of Everton.

Having secured a 1-0 victory against Blackburn Rovers on Sunday, Alan Curbishley's men welcome the team from Merseyside full of confidence - although as Everton were 3-0 winners against Fulham the day before they will also be in upbeat mood. Lucas Neill, writing in his Captain's Blog column, summed up what the contest meant to the Hammers.

"I am hoping for an intimidating atmosphere and a genuine opportunity to win a game that will get us into a cup semi-final," he wrote in his message to fans. "Both teams will fancy their chances but at home I am hoping that with your support we will have the edge. Thank you in advance for the proverbial 12th-man support we are going to need against Everton on Wednesday."

Curbishley will not be able to call upon the cup-tied Nolberto Solano and Henri Camara, although Carlton Cole's one-match ban after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season against Blackburn is carried over for the trip to Middlesbrough on 22 December. Dean Ashton's goalscoring return will do his chances of a start no harm, while Lee Bowyer and the rested Freddie Ljungberg will hope to return to the 16.

The Carling Cup quarter-final, which will not be televised live, has to be settled on the night - with extra time and then penalties to be played if required. For the winners, the semi-finals will be staged over two legs on 9 and 23 January. The final is scheduled for Sunday 24 February at Wembley. 


Tickets for Wednesday's match are now only available online or over the telephone to either club members or supporters with clubcards. Anyone without an access card will need to purchase from either the stadium ticket office.

Supporters will also be able to pay on cash turnstiles on the evening. Areas available will be Dr Martens Stand upper tier, Bobby Moore Stand upper  and East Stand upper tier - Cash turnstiles will open from 6.30pm onwards with supporters adivsed to arrive at the stadium early.