West Ham United 1-2 Everton FT

Carling Cup fifth round
Boleyn Ground
Referee: Mark Halsey

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90min - There will be three minutes of added time.

88min - GOAL! - Green and Gabbidon get in a mix-up and allow Yakubu to score into an empty net. Heartbreak for the home side.

86min - Everton attack but Green saves the day and sets the team away on an attack. Ashton does superbly to win a corner.

84min - Ashton fires wide after a bright move. Ljungberg has given his all and was involved again.

83min - West Ham United are trying to apply the pressure. Bubbles is ringing out as well to give the team an extra lift. Reid does well to win a corner.

80min - Pantsil is playing on the right with Ljungberg in support of Ashton through the middle.

76min - Mullins breaks superbly. The ball is fed to Ljungberg but he cannot get a shot away and neither can Reid when it falls to him. Pantsil is on for Cole, who was limping earlier.

75min - McCartney again clears the danger. Everton are building the pressure.

73min - Pantsil is about to come on. A great saving challenge by McCartney denies Cahill just as he looked free to shoot for goal.

71min - Ljungberg wins the ball again but the move breaks down. It might take a moment of brilliance to win this.

67min - Neill is booked for the challenge on Arteta. Upson gets the ball away from the free-kick in. Boa Morte is coming off for Kyel Reid, whose only other game this season came in the 1-0 Carling Cup victory against Plymouth Argyle when he made the winning goal for Ashton.

65min - Ljungberg beats the offside trap and plays in a decent ball. It is cleared for a corner and from the resulting ball in, Boa Morte just fires wide.

63min -  The home side are penned inside their own area for a spell before Gabbidon tidies up with a chest-back to Green.

59min - Cole goes down in the box but the referee waves away the appeal. The home side are growing in confidence.

58mins - Upson does well to stop Arteta's run into the box. The ball breaks for West Ham United on the right but again it comes to nothing.

55min - Ashton gets a chance to run but is stopped in his tracks. Neither side has really got going yet.

53min - Ljungberg surges forward again. He slips in Mullins but the midfielder is just crowded out as he shaped to shoot.

50min - A great ball whipped in by Boa Morte forces Everton to concede a corner. Ljungberg takes it but the play comes to nothing.

48min - Ljungberg gets the Hammers going on the right wing. The crowd respond well to it and are in up in arms when Ashton is penalised for a foul.

46min - Ashton and Cole get us under way in the second half.


45min - Boa Morte sends in the set-piece but it goes all the way through to Howard.

45min - The fourth official has indicated there will be two minutes of added time. Ljungberg dispossesses Pienaar and surges up the right. He has played well this half and wins a free-kick in a threatening position.

43min - Corner to Everton after McCartney's clearing header. Arteta takes but Cahill is penalised for a foul in the area. Up the other end and Ljungberg nearly sets Cole away but Everton do well to block.

40min - GOAL! - It was coming. Fierce Everton pressure finishes with Osman firing in unmarked from the edge of the area. Green had no chance.

39min - Neill superbly holds off Pienaar in the box after a delightful pass from Yakubu. Cahill then nearly gets on to Pienaar's low shot after it is pushed to him by Green. Neill gets the danger away.

37min - Just as Everton look likely to take control of the ball in a dangerous position, Ljungberg races fully 20 yards to get in a great saving tackle.

36min - Come on you Irons is ringing out around the ground for the first time tonight. The fans have liked what they have seen so far from their team.

34min - McCartney does brilliantly again to head clear on the edge of the six-yard box but it leaves Cahill in a heap on the floor. The Australia midfielder needs to go off for treatment after a knock to the head.

33min - Boa Morte is back on but he has got a lot of strapping around his left thigh. Corner to Everton after Cole tracks back well in defence. McCartney does well to head away the danger.

31min - Nice build-up play involving Ljungberg and Cole finishes with Ashton shooting over. The striker never got over the ball and could not direct it on target. Boa Morte is down for treatment.

30min - Arteta wins a corner after his free-kick forces Upson to head behind. Green claims the corner with ease.

29min - Ljungberg's superb cross nearly picks out Cole and Ashton is close to getting on the second ball. Everton get it away only for Parker to stop their attacking move with a nice tackle.

27min - A couple of crunching tackles go in from both sides but the match is being played in a good spirit.

25min - Boa Morte fires over after stunning build-up play involving Ashton and Ljungberg work an opening through the centre of the park. It had looked like Ljungberg was about to let fly when the Portuguese attacker strode forward and had a go himself.

22min - Parker fouls Osman to concede a free-kick in midfield.

21min - An outstanding surge forward from Boa Morte nearly gets Ashton free. Everton break it up and come forward themselves. Mark Noble, John Pantsil and Kyel Reid get a good reception as they warm up.

18min - The ball drops to Cahill and he shoots for goal. Again Green is well placed to catch with ease. Straight up the other end and Ashton nearly slips Cole in but the ball runs through to Howard.

17min - Neill tidies up after Yakubu and Pienaar threatened to trick their way through.

15min - West Ham United are bossing this with Scott Parker and Hayden Mullins looking assured and fine support from Boa Morte and Ljungberg on the flanks.

14min - Boa Morte wins a crunching challenge with Neville. There is commitment throughout this West Ham United side.

13min - Cahill gets a chance to head for goal after the restart but it is straight at Green. No danger there.

12min - GOAL - Carlton Cole scores! The striker runs on to a defence-splitting pass from Lucas Neill and rounds Tim Howard to score. He nearly lost his balance but kept his composure to maintain his fine run.

10min - A superb pass by Hayden Mullins splits the Everton defence. It drops nicely for Dean Ashton but Everton react well to clear the danger. Arteta counterattacks but Green claims his low cross.

9min - Lucas Neill surges up the right wing but is fouled by Joleon Lescott. A chance to play the ball into a dangerous position but it comes to nothing.

8min - A bright move forward ends with right-back Phil Neville going over under pressure from Luis Boa Morte. Mark Halsey awards a foul.

6min - Neither side has yet settled into the contest. Most of the play has been confined to midfield areas. Everton win the first corner and swiftly get a second. The play stops with a weak header from Yakubu that trickles wide.

3min - It is a bitterly cold evening and both sides are taking their time to get going.

1min - Lee Carsley and Tim Cahill get us under way


7.35pm - After a brisk warm-up on a freezing night at the Boleyn Ground, both sides are back in the changing rooms. The stage is set for a thrilling cup-tie with a place in the semi-finals at stake.
6.42pm - Freddie Ljungberg and Dean Ashton both return to the starting lineup in place of the injured Matthew Etherington and cup-tied Nolberto Solano. Robert Green gets the nod in goal ahead of Richard Wright while there is also a place on the bench for young winger Kyel Reid. Everton are without the injured Leighton Baines and Alan Stubbs, with Phil Jagielka in at centre-back and Joleon Lescott switching to left-back.


West Ham United: Green, Neill (c), Upson, Gabbidon, McCartney, Ljungberg, Mullins, Parker, Boa Morte (Reid 67), Ashton, Cole (Pantsil 77)
Subs not used: Wright, Spector, Noble

Everton: Howard, Neville (c), Yobo, Jagielka, Lescott, Osman, Pienaar, Carsley, Arteta, Cahill, Yakubu
Subs not used: Wessels, Hibbert, Gravesen, Johnson, Anichebe

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