SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY v WEST HAM UNITED
FA CUP with BUDWEISER THIRD ROUND
SUNDAY 8 JANUARY 2012
Final score - Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 West Ham United
102 mins - We're into added time at the end of added time and there are some handbags over on the far side. Wednesday take the free-kick short and the final whistle is blown. West Ham are out. Highlights and reaction from today's tie will appear on West Ham TV soon.
101 mins - Potts gets a yellow card for a late challenge and that's going to be that, I think. The hosts have a free-kick near the corner flag.
100 mins - West Ham have a golden chance to equalise. Hall and O'Brien work the space well on the right. O'Brien crosses and two defenders get in each other's way. The ball drops to Nouble unmarked on the corner of the six-yard box. He volleys powerfully off-target.
98 mins - Hall, Baldock and O'Brien combine before the latter holds off his marker and crosses to the near post. Baldock is there but his header flashes high and wide of the near post.
96 mins - A cross from deep from O'Brien causes a bit of mayhem but Montenegro cannot benefit. Four-and-a-half minutes to go...
94 mins - Nouble is fouled wide on the left on halfway. West Ham have a chance to build again until O'Brien and Hall make a mess of things and the Irishman passes the ball into the advertising board.
93 mins - Potts gets forward down the left and tries to cross but he slices horribly wide and into the stand containing the West Ham fans.
92 mins - The home fans want handball against Reid, but referee Mr Stroud gives nothing. The Owls supporters are getting a bit excited and singing about going to Wembley. That might be a bit premature...
91 mins - We're going to have ELEVEN minutes of added-time.
90 mins - West Ham have a chance to respond as Nouble is fouled, but Wednesday scramble Collison's free-kick to safety.
88 mins - GOAL! Oh dear, oh dear. West Ham are going to need all that added-time now as O'Grady gets in behind McCartney. The angle is against him, but the striker's low shot goes past Boffin and inside the far post.
87 mins - Lowe replaced Bennett. An exclusive gallery of images from today's tie is available to view now here.
86 mins - The injured player is Bennett. He is still being made comfortable before being carried off. We're going to have a lot of added time. Both sets of fans applaud as the Owls No3 is stretchered off.
83 mins - The physios are still tending to the Sheffield Wednesday players and the stretcher has been called for. Not a nice sight. Let's hope whoever it is who is injured is not seriously so.
80 mins - Hall is causing all kinds of trouble for the Owls. First he runs at three defenders before finding O'Brien. When he receives the ball back, his cross is knocked behind for a corner. Hall takes it himself and Weaver punches clear. From the next ball in Nouble wins it and two defenders head each other. Both go down and need treatment.
78 mins - Montenegro is on for O'Neil. Hall goes wide right. He is immediately involved but his attempted through ball for Baldock is over-hit. Not long to go, or else we'll do it all over again on Tuesday 17 January at the Boleyn Ground.
77 mins - Brian Montenegro is called back to the bench. He's going to be on for his debut soon.
76 mins - Wednesday have a corner as the ball thuds off Potts' shins and behind. Batth goes to ground inside the box, but it comes to nothing.
75 mins - Both teams are going for it. First, Nouble over-runs the ball after bursting on to Baldock's pass. Next, a low cross in from Morrison is hacked clear by O'Brien.
73 mins - Classic first touch from Jones, who stabs his right foot at a cross inside the area and smashes the ball about 30 yards into the air and into the stand behind. Not good.
72 mins - Boffin comes for the free-kick but is beaten to it by Batth, who heads over. Jones comes on for Tavernier for the Owls, while Sears is replaced by Hall.
71 mins - Baldock is having no luck. He gets in behind and sends a rasping shot across the face of goal that Weaver pushes on to the inside of the far post. The ball bounces into the centre of the area but eludes Nouble following up. Wednesday break and McCartney brings down Morrison. Yellow card for the skipper.
70 mins - Hall is called back to the visitors' dugout. He will be on for his second first-team appearance soon. Meanwhile, Weaver shanks his clearance from Potts' long ball straight to O'Neil. The No32 tries to shoot first-time but makes a mess of it.
68 mins - Baldock wins another corner for the Hammers. Collison delivers but it's headed clear. The Hammers keep up the pressure before Collison's pass is cut out.
67 mins - O'Brien overlaps O'Neil and pulls the ball back for Sears,whose shot is blocked behind. The corner is cleared and when Collison tees up Lansbury, his shot is blocked.
66 mins - Morrison backs into Reid and holds the ball up well before laying off for Lines. He shoots low from 25 yards and McCartney slides to make a miraculous block. Moments later, McCartney cannot prevent the corner. The ball is high to the far post and Boffin makes the catch.
65 mins - Nouble is ready to come on. Tomkins jogs past him and gives the striker an encouraging tap on the shoulder. Carew is replaced by Nouble.
63 mins - Take a bow Dan Potts! Jermaine Johnson cuts outside O'Brien and shoots low past Boffin. It looks as if the ball is destined for the bottom corner until Potts makes the intervention. West Ham break and Carew wins the initial header. Weaver drops Batth's header back but Carew cannot benefit.
63 mins - Reid is back on after West Ham deal with the resulting free-kick. Lansbury is the man to make the clearance.
62 mins - Not good news for Reid. He goes up high for a header and lands awkwardly after challenging O'Grady. The physio is on and it initially looks serious, but within a few seconds he is back on his feet.
61 mins - Frank Nouble will be on shortly, presumably for Carew.
59 mins - A loose clearance from O'Neil's cross falls to Lansbury. He has options, but drags his shot well wide. Gary Megson makes his first change and it's an attacking one. Clinton Morrison is on for Reda Johnson. Morrison goes up front, Jermaine Johnson to left wing and Bennett to left-back.
58 mins - Potts gets forward well and swaps passes with Sears. The full-back gets into the box before being challenged by Batth. It's a great tackle. No foul and Wednesday clear.
57 mins - The crowd is confirmed as 17,916. Most of them are 'Oooohing' as Jermaine Johnson gets to the byline and crosses. Boffin catches in front of his face.
56 mins - Plenty of action since the break and this time it's Otsemobor, coming forward and collecting the pass from O'Grady. The full-back leans back as he shoots and the ball flies high into the stand.
55 mins - Baldock won't stop running, even with the disappointment of his penalty miss. He spins on to O'Neil's pass but has nobody inside the six-yard box to cross to. Wednesday scramble the ball out for a throw. Seconds later, Baldock heads on again, but it's straight to Weaver.
53 mins - Wednesday have definitely been given a lift by the penalty save. A loose backpass has Boffin struggling and he is forced to concede a throw. Luckily, Lines' pass for Bennett is too strong and West Ham get off the hook with a goal kick.
50 mins - A golden opportunity goes begging for the Hammers. The home fans are singing the name of Nicky Weaver. The goalkeeper also saved two penalties for Manchester City in their famous Division Two Play-Off final win over Gillingham way back in 1999. Until the previous year, he had been fighting for the No1 jersey at Maine Road with Hammers goalkeeping coach Martyn Margetson. It's a funny old game.
49 mins - Baldock shoots low to Weaver's right and the goalkeeper makes the save! The ball flies high and behind for a corner. Collison wastes the corner but ballooning it high and out for a goal kick on the far side.
48 mins - West Ham have a corner won by Baldock off Jones. It's taken quickly by Collison and the cross comes in. Carew loses the initial header but the ball drops to Reid. He gets his body in between the ball and a defender and is brought down. Penalty!
47 mins - O'Neil initially does well before poking the ball to Bennett. He passes inside to O'Grady, but his cross bounces into the arms of Boffin.
46 mins - Sheffield Wednesday get the second half underway. Both sides are now shooting towards their own supporters.
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All six outfield substitutes are out warming up with fitness coach Eamon Swift. Big Sam obviously wants to keep his options open for after the break.
48 mins - That's half-time. Honours even and it's been a really intriguing game so far. Both teams have had chances, most notably Jermaine Johnson for the hosts. Both sides have had one shot on-target and four off-target, which sums up how close it has been. Join us again shortly for the second half.
47 mins - A final chance for Wednesday from another Bennett long throw. Jones and Batth have gone forward. West Ham deal with it and Sears helps the ball on to Baldock. He spins and tries to release O'Neil with a first-time volley - really difficult skill - but his effort is just short. Unlucky.
45 mins - A good sweeping move from back to front sees O'Neil feed Baldock. He tries to run Jones but the centre-back sticks to him and concedes the corner. The corner is decent but scrambled away to O'Neil. His cross flicks off a head and drops to Collison, who takes a touch and stings Weaver's palms with a rasping shot. West Ham maintain the pressure but a fourth cross into the box flicks off Carew's head and out for a throw. We'll have at least two more minutes...
43 mins - Johnson and Tavernier combine down the right before the cross comes over. McCartney heads behind. The corner comes over and Batth wins it. O'Grady challenges Boffin and fouls the big Belgian as he punches the ball clear.
42 mins - Wednesday threaten and it is Lines who brings the ball across the face of the box before crossing. McCartney thrashes the ball clear with his left foot.
40 mins - Carew is back on. Potts takes a quick throw to Baldock. He takes a touch and shoots from 30 yards. The sliced effort just goes the right side of the corner flag for a goal kick.
38 mins - Oh dear. Brilliant build-up involving Carew, O'Brien, Baldock and Collison ends with the No10 crossing at head height for Sears about three yards out. He is under pressure, but Sears heads over when he should hit the target. Carew is off after taking a knock. It's his right leg.
37 mins - Another massive miss by a Wednesday player! Bennett hurls in a long throw from the left and Batth attacks it. He is completely unmarked but heads wide of the post from 12 yards. He got plenty of power on that, but the direction was a bit off.
36 mins - This has been an absorbing game, without really catching light completely. Both teams are giving their all and the opening goal would up the ante still further. The fans are making plenty of noise at both ends.
33 mins - That's unlucky. Boffin's long clearance is helped on by Baldock. He collects again from Sears before the ball is worked right to O'Brien. He hangs the cross up for Carew. The Norwegian tries to head down for Baldock, who is unmarked, but the ball hits Jones. Unfortunate.
32 mins - The other Johnson, Reda, brings down O'Brien about 30 yards from the Wednesday goal wide on the West Ham right. O'Neil to deliver... He curls the ball over, Carew arcs his neck and heads into the air. Baldock tries to keep the ball in, but he's offside.
31 mins - The same pair are involved again as Johnson slides and brings down Potts as he clears his lines. Free-kick.
30 mins - Jermaine Johnson again, this time streaking down the left away from Potts and crossing. Boffin dives to his right and falls on the ball. Good handling.
28 mins - West Ham win a corner in comedic fashion. O'Neil picks out Lansbury and as he turns his marker, he slips. Semedo gets back but can only stab the ball behind for a corner. Collison floats the ball across but Weaver is there again. He's been busy, has the home goalkeeper, but none of his work has been particularly difficult.
26 mins - Collison wins the ball back inside the home half and finds Sears. His shot is blocked and the ball drops back to Collison. He lays wide to McCartney, whose cross is blocked out for a throw. From it, Potts crosses, the ball takes a deflection and Weaver collects again.
24 mins - Sears is in a great position as West Ham break. He takes on Otsemobor but then inexplicably loses control of the ball as he enters the penalty area. It rolls harmlessly away and through to Weaver. Shame.
23 mins - Arguably West Ham's best move of the game so far as they pass the ball around patiently before Lansbury lays it into the channel for Baldock. He gets there first but his low cross to the near post is easy for Weaver.
22 mins - The home fans had actually started celebrating before their cheers turned to 'Ooohs'! Amazing miss.
20 mins - WHAT A MISS! Jermaine Johnson does everything right, collecting a pass from Bennett threaded between McCartney and Potts before wrong-footing the latter. He is literally in the middle of the goal, ten yards out and passes the ball past Boffin and wide of the post. It looked easier to score, honestly!
19 mins - Semedo is back in the action. It's been a decent start to the game. A decent tempo and both teams trying 100 per cent. A good old-fashioned cup tie, to coin a phrase.
16 mins - Both teams are employing 4-4-2 formations. Semedo is down now and it is O'Neil who is thye culprit. The No32 is booked for the challenge. Semedo has the physio on. That has been brewing for the past five minutes or so.
15 mins - Lansbury fouls Semedo in the centre circle. The ball is lofted in and Batth wins the header but it's easy for Boffin.
13 mins - Action at both ends. First, Jermaine Johnson wins a flick-on above McCartney and Tavernier is in behind. He shoots low but drags it across the face of goal and wide. West Ham break from the goal kick and Baldock collects. He shoots left-footed from 25 yards but it's wide of the far post. O'Neil is back on. His clash was with Semedo, but like I said I didn't see exactly what happened.
12 mins - Bloody nose for O'Neil, but I reckon he'll be back on as soon as the red stuff has stopped flowing.
10 mins - Something happened off the ball there. Baldock's cross is blocked clear after O'Neil won the ball back, but the midfielder was then taken out on his way into the box. I'm not sure who by or what exactly happened or if it was accidental, but O'Neil is down holding his face. The physio comes on.
8 mins - Chance to shoot from a free-kick. Reid clears and Baldock flicks on for Carew - strange, eh! The big Norwegian turns Jones and is brought down. O'Neil takes but his right-foot effort is too high and curls over the crossbar.
7 mins - Collison's corner is right under the crossbar. The inswinger is punched clear by Weaver under pressure. O'Neil tries to keep the ball in with a backheel, but can only concede a goal kick on the near side.
6 mins - Bennett hurls in a throw and Potts heads clear. The follow-up shot is screwed well wide. From the goal kick, Lansbury gets in behind the home defence and could square to Sears. He shoots instead and Weaver diverts the ball high into the air. It lands on top of the crossbar and goes behind.
5 mins - The England band are making some din in the Kop to my right, but they are being outsung by the travelling Hammers. There must be at least 3,000 of them here this afternoon.
3 mins - Better from Carew, holding off his marker and bringing Collison into play. The Hammers have made a confident start here. McCartney shoots from 35 yards and it's blocked. Carew reacts quickest and wins a throw from Jones.
2 mins - A ball down the inside-left channel. Jones looks favourite but Baldock wins the ball from the defender and lays back to McCartney. Sears gets into a pocket of space but his right-footed cross finds Carew offside.
1 min - The long ball forward from O'Brien sees Carew challenge, but he's beaten in the air. Jermaine Johnson comes forward down the Wednesday left but is unceremoniously halted by a sliding challenge from O'Neil.
3pm - Here are the two teams, led by captains George McCartney and Rob Jones. After the handshakes, West Ham will kick-off through Baldock and Lansbury. Three players are lined up on the near side. This one will go back to Joey O'Brien...
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2.40pm - Just to fill you in on some information about the younger players in the Hammers squad. Olly Lee is a central midfield player who has been out on loan at Dagenham and Redbridge earlier this season and has been a regular in Ian Hendon's development squad. Brian Montenegro is a Paraguay Under-20 international forward who has scored regularly for Hendon's side, while Rob Hall is an England Under-19 international forward who made his debut at Derby County on New Year's Eve. All three will be desperate to make their FA Cup debuts this afternoon.
2.35pm - It's transfer window time and there are sure to be plenty of exciting announcements being made over the coming three weeks or so. To get the big news first, follow West Ham United on twitter by clicking here.
2.05pm - George McCartney will captain the Hammers this afternoon as Big Sam announces his team for today's FA Cup tie. West Ham make seven changes from the side who beat Coventry City on Monday - only McCartney, Reid, Collison and Baldock keep their places.
Sheffield Wednesday: Weaver, Otsemobor, Semedo, Bennett, O'Grady, Batth, Lines, R.Johnson, Tavernier, J.Johnson, R.Jones
Subs: Bywater, Lowe, Morrison, Beevers, Prutton, Palmer, D.Jones
West Ham United: Boffin, O'Brien, Reid, McCartney, Potts, O'Neil, Lansbury, Collison, Sears, Baldock, Carew
Subs: Green, Tomkins, Bouba Diop, O Lee, Hall, Montenegro, Nouble
1.35pm - The Hammers have arrived at Hillsborough. There was a little bit of drama as the team coach could not fit under the concourse next to the players' entrance, but nothing to worry about! Big Sam happily signed autographs on his way into the stadium, as did a few of the players.
Good afternoon and welcome to Hillsborough for this afternoon's FA Cup with Budweiser third-round tie between npower League One promotion-chasers Sheffield Wednesday and West Ham United.
The Hammers reached the sixth round last season and will be hopeful of progressing again this season, but they will have a difficult afternoon against an Owls side who are unbeaten in their eleven home league matches this season.
Sam Allardyce has a strong squad at his disposal, but is likely to hand game time to players who have recently returned from injury or suspension - namely Jack Collison, Winston Reid, Gary O'Neil, Sam Baldock and Joey O'Brien. Alongside them, Big Sam has also included a number of promising youngsters in his squad, including Dan Potts, Rob Hall, Frank Nouble, Brian Montenegro and Olly Lee.
Managed by Gary Megson, Wednesday have enjoyed a fine season so far and, like the Hammers go into Sunday's game second in their respective division. The hosts have won their previous two league matches and have lost just once in eleven matches in all competitions.
Today's match marks the first meeting between the clubs since West Ham triumphed 4-2 at Hillsborough in a League Cup second-round tie on 20 September 2005. The Owls have the upper hand in the FA Cup, though, having won all three meetings between the two clubs in this competition.
The team news will be confirmed at 2pm, with the lineups published first on the club's official twitter feed.
Sheffield Wednesday: Weaver, Otsemobor, Semedo, Bennett, O'Grady, Batth, Lines, R.Johnson (Morrison 59), Tavernier (D.Jones 73), J.Johnson, R.Jones
Subs: Bywater, Lowe, Beevers, Prutton, Palmer
West Ham United: Boffin, O'Brien, Reid, McCartney, Potts, O'Neil (Montenegro 78), Lansbury, Collison, Sears (Hall 73), Baldock, Carew (Nouble 65)
Subs not used: Green, Tomkins, Bouba Diop, O Lee