Tuesday January 11, 2011 Semifinal Finished Upton Park

West Ham United 2 - 1 Birmingham City

  • Noble 13’
  • Cole 78’
  • Ridgewell 56’

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  1. Foster howler saves Hammers

    Foster howler saves Hammers

    Ben Foster's 78th-minute howler gifted 10-man West Ham a 2-1 win over Birmingham in their Carling Cup semi-final clash at Upton Park. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • West Ham United
    • Birmingham City
    • - Thanks for joining our live commentary. What a night it's been at Upton Park - and somehow West Ham will take a 2-1 aggregate lead to St. Andrews!
    • 90+3' FULL TIME! WEST HAM WIN 2-1!
    • 90+2' West Ham are close to winning this, and they know it! Alex McLeish is roaring his men on, but they;re being frustrated by Upson and Tomkins at the moment
    • 90' West Ham sub: Mark Noble off, Radoslav Kovac on
    • 90' We'll have three minutes of injury time, with Birmingham constantly pressing and the Hammers pinned back into their own box
    • 89' West Ham have their backs to the wall now...
    • 88' James Tomkins has been named man of the match at Upton Park tonight. Make of that what you will...
    • 87' There's that attacking sub, then! The colossal Zigic comes on to make it 4-4-2 for Birmingham, and West Ham's defence could be in for an uncomfortable final few minutes!
    • 87' Birmingham sub: Sebastian Larsson off, Nikola Zigic on
    • 86' Carr reaches the byline again with a burst of pace, before cutting a decent ball back across the face of goal. Green tips the ball back over his bar, but the linesman has already flagged to say the ball went out of play. Not sure about that one...
    • 85' Not the best introduction for Chilean international Beausejour - getting caught by a schoolboy offside trap on the left wing. Surely Alex McLeish is considering a more attacking substitution now?
    • 84' Birmingham sub: Alexander Hleb off, Jean Beausejour on
    • 83' The West Ham centre-back is right in the thick of the action at the moment - as he hacks into a dodgy tackle on Carr to concede a free kick wide right
    • 82' Upson drives a diagonal ball straight out of play, and Birmingham have a throw now deep in their own half
    • 81' Noble fails to keep the ball in on the left wing, giving Birmingham a throw
    • 80' They're back on the attack, the visitors, as Tomkins desperately heads Fahey's cross clear
    • 79' Lady luck is shining on Avram Grant tonight - Birmingham have been in complete control in this second half!
    • 78' GOAL! WEST HAM RETAKE THE LEAD! Parker picks out Spector with a lovely ball down the right wing. Spector cuts a lovely low cross in towards Cole, who hits a limp shot on goal. Foster completely misjudges it, and allows it to trickle through his legs as he dives to his right! Horrible goal for the Birmingham keeper to concede
    • 77 Zavon Hines gets his first few touches on the ball as he drives into the Birmingham box from the right, but his ferocious low cross is deflected behind by Johnson for a corner. That's their first real chance of the half - West Ham
    • 76' The corner is lifted into the centre again, towards DAVID MURPHY! HEADED INCHES WIDE OF THE LEFT POST! What a header - he thought he'd scored!
    • 76' The ball is swung back towards the far post and JEROME! HEADED WIDE BY TOMKINS!
    • 75' Jerome holds off another challenge to keep possession on the left wing. He cuts back before trotting towards the box
    • 74' West Ham sub: Freddie Sears off, Zavon Hines on
    • 73' West Ham sub: Frederic Piquionne off, Carlton Cole on
    • 72' Ferguson barges into the box from the right channel, before going down under Upson's shoulder barge! Birmingham scream penalty, but the ref waves on! Falls into the 'seen 'em given' catagory...
    • 71' Murphy and Fahey run into each other on the edge of the Hammers' area, giving the hosts a brief reprieve, but this is just relentless pressure from Birmingham at Upton Park
    • 70' Faubert barges into Gardner on the Birmingham left, and concedes another free kick. The Claret and Blue shirts are starting to look rather tired out there...
    • 69' Brilliant football from Jerome - picking up the ball under pressure on the edge of the box before riding Parker's challenge and cutting the ball back to keep possession for the Blues
    • 68' Carr hares off on an overlapping run on the right wing, but is caught offside. It's all Birmingham
    • 67' Hleb is released in the left channel, and charges into the area. He cuts back onto his right foot, but doesn't pull the trigger and is quickly charged down. West Ham clear - chance wasted
    • 65' Ferguson and Alexander Hleb have so much time in the midfield now! They try to link up on their way into West Ham's third, but Ferguson miscontrols the ball
    • 64' It's neither! Ferguson dinks a lovely ball over the top FOR RIDGEWELL TO HEAD! SAVED BY GREEN! The linesman's flag is up, however. Ridgewell just set off on his run a split-second too soon. Clever set-piece from Birmingham, though
    • 63' Larsson and Gardner stand over it...
    • 62' Gardner catches Upson in possession, before drawing a foul from Noble and Tomkins some 20 yards from goal. Another decent chance for the visitors
    • 61' Suddenly, this match is Birmingham's to win! They offered precious little in the first half, but have been rewarded with a much-improved ambition in this half
    • 60' What a shocking turn of events for Avram Grant, as Obinna is shown a straight red for kicking Larsson between his legs under an Upson throw. An utterly needless offence, and a straightforward red card. What was he thinking?
    • 59' RED CARD! OBINNA IS SENT OFF FOR WEST HAM!
    • 58' Well, it's exactly what Birmingham deserve after their constant pressure in this half. Will West Ham be made to pay for not making more of their first-half chances?
    • 57' GOAL! Larsson swings the ball in from the left wing and Liam Ridgewell heads confidently past Green and into the back of the net!
    • 57' It's swung into the middle, and CLEARED OFF THE LINE BY SEARS! It's another corner for Birmingham, and that's a let-off for West Ham!
    • 57' Birmingham break, and win a corner from the right. End to end at Upton Park!
    • 56' The ball is switched to Noble, who cuts a low cross to Sears inside the box. Sears can't bring the ball under control though, and Birmingham hack the ball clear
    • 55' Green charges out to claim well, before distributing immediately to Parker on the left wing!
    • 54' Piquionne raises an arm as he goes into a challenge on the right wing, and gives away another free kick. Larsson to take, too far out to shoot
    • 53' Swung in near post towards JEROME! Headed well wide under pressure from Spector
    • 52' Cleared as far as Johnson, who shows some lovely footwork in the West Ham box before drawing a challenge for another corner
    • 51' Carr charges along the right wing, and wins a corner with a deflected cross. This is much, much better from the visitors - who are committing men forwards now!
    • 50' Gardner steps up... and hammers the ball wide of the left post! Poor effort, in truth - should Larsson have taken it?
    • 49' Gardner stumbles through the West Ham midfield and crashes into Reid. The ref blows for a free kick, 20 yards out and central...
    • 48' Parker lofts a long ball into the Birmingham half, nodded on by Winston Reid and collected by Foster
    • 47' Birmingham already look to be playing with more intent in this half, moving the ball around with increased tempo and actually bothering to harry the West Ham midfield!
    • 46' WE'RE BACK FOR THE SECOND HALF! Birmingham have made one substitution at half time: Scott Dann off, David Murphy on
    • 45+1' HALF TIME! West Ham take a deserved 1-0 lead into half time, and Alex McLeish has some real work to do in his dressing room to turn this game around. Will the visitors even try to get back into this, or will they settle for a 1-0 defeat in the first leg? Come back in a few minutes to find out...
    • 45+1' It's swung into the middle, and cleared as far as Gardner. Parker and Spector are back for West Ham to apply pressure on the right wing, and the home side hack the ball clear.
    • 45' Jerome wins corner on the right, with seconds left to play in the first half
    • 44' Headed over the bar by Johnson, and Green quickly sends the ball up the other end of the field for another West Ham counter attack!
    • 43' Piquionne is penalised for a handball just inside the West Ham half - which Sebastian Larsson will look to sweep into the box
    • 42' Jerome busts a gut to get ahead of Tomkins under a high ball on the right wing, but he still can't keep it in play. He's working hard out there, but he's just not getting any support or service!
    • 41' Carr hares off along the right wing to stop a deflected pass going out of play, and Scott Parker catches him late. Dowd takes a second to look at the situation, before deciding not to card the West Ham midfielder
    • 40' Upson charges along the left wing again for the Hammers, before cutting the ball back to Obinna. The Nigerian takes a touch, before firing a swerving shot a yard wide of the left post!
    • 39' Birmingham's captain Stephen Carr cuts a very unhappy figure at the moment, as he goes to take a throw from the right wing. It's just not clicking for the visitors - who might just be happy going into the interval a single goal behind
    • 38' Piquionne fires a low ball towards Sears on the edge of the box, who takes a touch and SHOOTS! High and wide of the right post
    • 37' They don't manage it, though, as Sebastian Larsson (anonymous so far) fails to keep the ball in play on the left wing. West Ham throw
    • 36' Tomkins finds Upson, who lifts a ball up towards Piquionne. Johnson cuts in perfectly to whip the ball away, however, and Birmingham look to spend some quality time on the ball
    • 35' Keith Fahey leans into Faubert on the right wing, and wins a free kick
    • 34' Jerome loses the ball on the right wing, now, and Upson has a throw for West Ham. It's a thankless task up front for Birmingham's lone striker at the moment
    • 33' West Ham try to lift a ball towards Spector on the right wing, easily cut out by Barry Ferguson for Birmingham
    • 32' Faubert swings in a lovely cross from the right towards Sears, who chests the ball down and SHOOTS! Dragged wide of the left post from 15 yards, but a decent effort under pressure
    • 31' West Ham back in possession, and moving the ball nicely around the midfield
    • 30' The corner is headed clear, and Birmingham have got away with that. Stunning counter-attacking football from the hosts
    • 29' West Ham counter at speed though, Obinna sells Johnson with a lovely dummy inside the area, cutting onto his right foot. He fires a right foot shot towards Foster's near post! TIPPED AROUND THE POST BY FOSTER! Magnificent goalkeeping
    • 28' Gardner takes a pot-shot from range, which takes a deflection into the box. Jerome tries to get onto it but West Ham just about scramble the ball clear!
    • 27' Freddie Sears lifts a delicate ball over the top towards Piquionne, who goes down in the box under the attentions of Roger Johnson! Phil Dowd waves play on and, in Piquionne's defence, the West Ham striker didn't even appeal for a pen
    • 26' Birmingham enjoy their longest spell of possession so far, but Ridgewell's eventual cross from the left byline is gathered again by Green.
    • 25' The ball is eventually driven forwards to Jerome, and cut out once again by a well-marshalled defence
    • 24' Brilliant play by Gardner - driving into West Ham's and riding two or three challenges
    • 23' It's all West Ham, and Birmingham are being completely outplayed at the moment
    • 22' The corner is swung in towards JAMES TOMKINS AT THE FAR STICK! TIPPED OVER THE BAR BY FOSTER!
    • 21' Brazilian football from West Ham - with both fullbacks up in support! The ball is cut inside from the right to Spektor, who SHOOTS FROM RANGE! Parried out for a corner by Foster!
    • 20' West Ham counter with Upson on the left wing. The centre-half-turned-full-back curls a decent-looking cross towards Faubert at the far stick, but Ridgewell gets there first to head clear!
    • 19' The visitors move the ball down the right flank with Stephen Carr, whose vicious low cross is well claimed by Green!
    • 18' Johnson advances with the ball wide left, before Parker slams in with a perfectly-timed sliding challenge. Birmingham throw
    • 17' Better from Birmingham, who get a few touches on the ball in the middle of the park before Roger Johnson passes away possession with an over-hit pass through the middle
    • 16' West Ham with the momentum then, and the hosts' midfield continue to boss the middle-third with some crisp, close passing
    • 14' That goal was a combination of relentless pressure from West Ham in the box, and Birmingham utterly failing to clear their lines. Foster could perhaps have done better, but the English keeper's view was obscured by the mass of shirts in the box
    • 13' GOAL! Mark Noble bursts forwards into the Birmingham box, before dinking a cross to Obinna at the back stick. Obinna heads back to Spector on the near post, who lashes a volley on the turn across the face of goal. It finds Noble on the right stick, and the midfielder lashes the ball in off Foster at the near post!
    • 12' Jerome back on the ball wide left, and lays the ball off to GARDNER! Fired low into Green's hands, and well-saved
    • 11' James Tomkins takes a second too long dealing with a wayward long ball towards Jerome, and the Birmingham forward almost nicks the ball away
    • 10' West Ham passing the ball crisply in the opening 10 minutes, as Parker tries to lift the ball over Piquionne and into the path of Freddie Sears. Nodded out for a West Ham throw
    • 9' The long ball towards Jerome is easily cut out again, and West Ham break with Parker. The ball is switched wide right towards Faubert, who wins a throw midway into the visitors' half
    • 8' Good chance for West Ham, but Birmingham just about defended well enough. The Blues are back on the ball, in the middle of the park
    • 7' The ball is knocked left to Upson on the wing, who picks out Frederic Piquionne at the near post! Piquionne contorts his body to SHOOT! BLOCKED! The ball falls for UPSON! Deflected wide for a corner by Foster!
    • 6' Parker picks up the ball on the halfway line, and twists and turns before playing all the way back to Robert Green
    • 5' Swung in to the middle of the park, and knocked wide of Foster's right post.
    • 4' Julien Faubert advances from left-back, before picking out Victor Obinna. Obinna cuts back and crosses! Deflected out for a corner...
    • 3' Scott Dann lifts the ball wide right towards Stephen Carr, but it's cut out by Scott Parker
    • 2' Jerome cuts the ball back to Craig Gardner on the right wing, who fires a teasing low ball in across the face of Robert Green's goal. With Jerome on the right, however, there's no one in the area, and the ball goes straight through to the left wing
    • 1' Reid picks off an attempted long-ball, which is hoofed forwards towards Cameron Jerome - playing along up front tonight
    • 1' WE'RE UNDERWAY AT UPTON PARK!
    • 19:45 There're players on the pitch, and bubbles in the air. We're at Upton Park for a mid-week cup-tie! Can Avram Grant prolong his tenure as West Ham boss with a good result tonight? Or will Alex McLeish get one over on his former bosses at Birmingham - and now West Ham's owners - David Gold and David Sullivan? We're seconds away from finding out...
    • 19:40 The referee this evening is Mr. Phil Dowd, from Staffordshire
    • 19:35 BIRMINGHAM: Foster, Carr, Dann, Johnson, Ridgewell, Larsson, Gardner, Hleb, Ferguson, Fahey, Jerome. Subs: Taylor, Murphy, Derbyshire, Zigic, Beausejour, Mutch, Jiranek
    • 19:35 WEST HAM: Green, Faubert, Tomkins, Reid, Upson, Spector, Sears, Noble, Parker, Obinna, Piquionne. Subs: Boffin, Cole, Boa Morte, Kovac, Nouble, Hines, Spence
    • 19:30 West Ham manager Avram Grant: 'It's a big, big game for us... Everone is excited for this. I don't know of any football player in any competition who doesn't want to be in a semi-final... We're playing at home so we need to pick up a good result. We will try to score and take an advantage into the second game."
    • 19:25 Birmingham boss Alex McLeish: "I'd love to go down and win, but we know it's a game played over two legs. We'd like to bring back a favourable result for the second leg at St. Andrews, and we'll do our best to go and get that result... We have the capability to win it, but we'll have to be right - tactically - for the game. If that means coming back with a draw or a narrow victory, so be it. We certainly won't be parking the bus in front of goal."
    • 19:20 OptaJoe on Twitter: '2 - West Ham have progressed to the League Cup final only twice from seven semi-finals. 3 - Birmingham have lost their last three League Cup semi-final first leg games.'
    • 19:15 Birmingham will welcome back several key players for the trip to Upton Park. Barry Ferguson, skipper Stephen Carr, Ben Foster, Roger Johnson and Liam Ridgewell were all rested for the 4-1 FA Cup win at Millwall on Saturday. Midfielder Sebastian Larsson is included in the squad despite being given permission to speak to Newcastle over a possible move, and Striker Matt Derbyshire will be hoping his two goals at the New Den will bolster his chances of starting against Avram Grant's side.
    • 19:10 The England striker was one of several first-team players rested for the FA Cup win over Barnsley, so Scott Parker, centre-back Matthew Upson and forward Freddie Sears should also return. Thomas Hitzlsperger has returned to training after a long-term thigh problem and he could be back in action by mid-February, but Kieron Dyer (thigh) remains out.
    • 19:05 Carlton Cole looks set to return to the West Ham team for the Carling Cup clash, with his manager Grant desperate for the gloom to be lifted from the club after a torrid week of internal fighting.
    • 19:00 Good evening and welcome to our live text commentary of West Ham v Birmingham!
  • Summary

    • 78' GOAL! WEST HAM RETAKE THE LEAD! Parker picks out Spector with a lovely ball down the right wing. Spector cuts a lovely low cross in towards Cole, who hits a limp shot on goal. Foster completely misjudges it, and allows it to trickle through his legs as he dives to his right! Horrible goal for the Birmingham keeper to concede
    • 76' The corner is lifted into the centre again, towards DAVID MURPHY! HEADED INCHES WIDE OF THE LEFT POST! What a header - he thought he'd scored!
    • 76' The ball is swung back towards the far post and JEROME! HEADED WIDE BY TOMKINS!
    • 60' What a shocking turn of events for Avram Grant, as Obinna is shown a straight red for kicking Larsson between his legs under an Upson throw. An utterly needless offence, and a straightforward red card. What was he thinking?
    • 59' RED CARD! OBINNA IS SENT OFF FOR WEST HAM!
    • 57' GOAL! Larsson swings the ball in from the left wing and Liam Ridgewell heads confidently past Green and into the back of the net!
    • 57' It's swung into the middle, and CLEARED OFF THE LINE BY SEARS! It's another corner for Birmingham, and that's a let-off for West Ham!
    • 29' West Ham counter at speed though, Obinna sells Johnson with a lovely dummy inside the area, cutting onto his right foot. He fires a right foot shot towards Foster's near post! TIPPED AROUND THE POST BY FOSTER! Magnificent goalkeeping
    • 22' The corner is swung in towards JAMES TOMKINS AT THE FAR STICK! TIPPED OVER THE BAR BY FOSTER!
    • 21' Brazilian football from West Ham - with both fullbacks up in support! The ball is cut inside from the right to Spektor, who SHOOTS FROM RANGE! Parried out for a corner by Foster!
    • 13' GOAL! Mark Noble bursts forwards into the Birmingham box, before dinking a cross to Obinna at the back stick. Obinna heads back to Spector on the near post, who lashes a volley on the turn across the face of goal. It finds Noble on the right stick, and the midfielder lashes the ball in off Foster at the near post!
    • 7' The ball is knocked left to Upson on the wing, who picks out Frederic Piquionne at the near post! Piquionne contorts his body to SHOOT! BLOCKED! The ball falls for UPSON! Deflected wide for a corner by Foster!
    • 19:35 BIRMINGHAM: Foster, Carr, Dann, Johnson, Ridgewell, Larsson, Gardner, Hleb, Ferguson, Fahey, Jerome. Subs: Taylor, Murphy, Derbyshire, Zigic, Beausejour, Mutch, Jiranek
    • 19:35 WEST HAM: Green, Faubert, Tomkins, Reid, Upson, Spector, Sears, Noble, Parker, Obinna, Piquionne. Subs: Boffin, Cole, Boa Morte, Kovac, Nouble, Hines, Spence

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • R. Green
      • J. Faubert
      • J. Tomkins
      • W. Reid
      • M. Upson
      • F. Sears Substitution Out (74′)
      • M. Noble Goal Substitution Out (90′)
      • J. Spector
      • S. Parker
      • Obinna Red Card
      • F. Piquionne Substitution Out (74′)

      Subs

      • L. Boa Morte
      • C. Cole Substitution In74′ Goal
      • R. Boffin
      • Z. Hines Substitution In74′
      • J. Spence
      • R. Kovác Substitution In90′
      • F. Nouble
    • Starting line-up

      • B. Foster
      • S. Carr
      • S. Dann Substitution Out (45′)
      • R. Johnson
      • L. Ridgewell Goal
      • B. Ferguson
      • C. Gardner
      • S. Larsson Substitution Out (87′)
      • A. Hleb Substitution Out (83′)
      • K. Fahey
      • C. Jerome

      Subs

      • M. Taylor
      • D. Murphy Substitution In45′
      • N. Žigic Substitution In87′
      • M. Derbyshire
      • M. Jiránek
      • J. Mutch
      • J. Beausejour Substitution In83′
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