Filed: Monday, 20th March 2006
By: Matthew O'Greel
West Ham have one foot in the FA Cup semi-finals thanks to a first-half strike from Dean Ashton.
Ashton struck in the 41st minute to give the Hammers a precious half-time lead in tonight's FA Cup quarter-final tie at Manchester City.
The Hammers - who went into the game minus Lionel Scaloni (dropped) and Anton Ferdinand (injured) but with Shaka Hislop and Matthew Etherington - rarely threatened the City goal in a quiet half, although the home side - missing key striker Georgious Samaras - made precious few goalscoring opportunities.
City's best chance came minutes before Ashton gave the Hammers the lead; Shaka Hislop fumbled a Reina cross and Musampa's overhead kick was goalbound before Paul Konchesky intervened to head off the line.
The goal finally arrived just four minutes ahead of the break - and it proved to be well worth waiting for.
We'll have more for you at the final whistle.
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