Filed: Tuesday, 25th September 2012
By: Staff Writer
West Ham are out of the Capital One Cup after being humiliated by Wigan at the Boleyn Ground tonight.
Having been beaten just once at home in 2012 hopes were high of further progression for Sam Allardyce's side in the newly-named competition.
But in the end there was very little to cheer as the Hammers were humbled by an ordinary-looking Latics team.
Modibo Maiga had given West Ham the perfect start when he took advantage of a dreadful back pass to fire the Hammers ahead with just six minutes on the clock.
But United's lead was to last for just nine minutes as Argentinian striker Boselli levelled the scores when he nipped in to convert Maynor Figueroa's centre.
Ricardo Vaz Te and Jordan Spence both went close shortly after whilst Academy graduate Robert Hall once again looked lively throughout the first half.
However Spanish defender Ivan Ramis, who looked like he was on his way to West Ham before his move was hijacked by Wigan boss Roberto Martínez - silenced the home crowd six minutes ahead of the half time whistle with a goal out of nothing.
The former Mallorca defender was allowed to run from deep before unleashing an absolute piledriver of a shot from the 35 yard mark which flew into the top corner of Stephen Henderson's net.
And as if that wasn't bad enough, Boselli extended the visitor's lead even further when he made it 3-1 just three minutes later. Having beaten West Ham's offside trap, the £6million man lifted the ball over the oncoming Henderson to give his side a comfortable lead to take into the half time break.
West Ham - who were misssing a string of first team regulars - never really looked like getting back into the tie after the break although Rob Hall rattled the woodwork when his deflected effort wrongfooted goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi.
But the only goal of the half came from the penalty spot when reserve goalkeeper Stephen Henderson felled James McArthur six minutes from the end of normal time.
Substitute Jordi Gomez converted the resulting spot kick to make it 4-1 on the night and confirm West Ham's extremely disappointing exit from the competition.
The only positive note on a desperately disappointing night came when Dylan Tombides replaced the injured Gary O'Neil just before Gomez's spot kick.
The 18-year-old, who was recently given the all-clear to resume his professional career having fought cancer came on to make his first team debut.
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05:15PM 26th Sep 2012
''I could not care less. I'm almost relieved to be honest. This team needs to put every effort into staying up first and foremost, and finishing in the top half if that proves to be realistic. This club will not attract top talent if we're battling relegation every year.''
by Jason Cooper
07:43AM 26th Sep 2012
''I do not understand how Big Sam can say he is disappointed with HIS team's performance last night! After all he picked the team! I saw him on Sky Sports earlier that afternoon stating he would give one or two of the young lads a chance most probably off the bench, his starting line up and subs bench said something different!
We were four players short in a team that could quite simply not compete with Wigan, the defence were woeful and the midfield not much better. BUT my biggest moan is that West Ham failed to use its best asset, Matt Jarvis. He looked a very confused and fustrated man isolated out on the wing for huge parts of the game. I lost count the number of times he was totally ignored by McCartney as the ball quite predictably made its way out to Vaz Te (who in my humble opinion is about as good with crosses as Dracula). Yet when the ball did get to Jarvis we looked dangerous! You work it out!
It has become quite clear that the League Cup was not high on Big Sam's agenda this term but spare a thought for the fans who left in their thousands after the fourth goal all of them saying the same thing... that performance was not worth £10 of anyone's money! But then again we will no doubt beat QPR with a full strength, fully-rested starting 11 on Monday and everything will be alright and the moaning will be but a distant memory!''
by Tell it how it is Charlie!
09:22PM 25th Sep 2012
''Any one would think Allardyce doesn´t like Cup competitions! I would have thought this competition offered West Ham the best chance of getting into Europe and a little money spinner in the later stages.''