Carabao Cup
Tottenham Hotspur 2 West Ham United 3

Wednesday, 25th October 2017
by Staff Writer

West Ham are through to the last eight of the Carabao Cup after producing a stunning comeback against Tottenham at Wembley.

Two goals adrift at the break, it looked like curtains for West Ham's hopes of progressing further in the competition - until an Andre Ayew brace pulled United back into the game, and an Angelo Ogbonna header won it.

On a memorable night in North West London, there were few signs of things to come in an opening half that Tottenham dominated.

The hosts found themselves in front with just five minutes on the clock, having taken advantage of some appalling defending by West Ham's makeshift rearguard.

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Slaven Bilic's side were caught on the counter attack, whilst some slick passing from Spurs ended with Moussa Sissoko sneaking in behind all three central defenders before slotting the ball beyond stand-in 'keeper Adrian.

The Spanish stopper enjoyed better fortune a few minutes later when he managed to prevent a goal-bound Dele Alli header from doubling Tottenham's lead - a save that proved to be pivotal as the game progressed.

However there was nothing he could do to prevent Alli from registering eight minutes ahead of the break, as the England midfielder's curler deflected off the side of Declan Rice's temple before finding the net.

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As the second half arrived and the opening minutes passed, there were still no signs that the Hammers were about to turn the game on its head in the space of just 15 crazy minutes.

That turnaround began when the previously ineffectual Andre Ayew stabbed home Edimilson Fernandes?EUR(TM) partially-saved drive in the 55th minute, giving Bilic's beleaguered team new hope.

And they took full advantage of that by grabbing an equaliser just five minutes later, with Ayew once again adding the key touch. This time Manual Lanzini was the architect, sending a deep cross towards the Ghanaian who finished brilliantly, firing into the roof of Michel Vorm's net.

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West Ham's Argentinian talisman has endured a slow start to the current campaign, but this was to be the night on which he reminded all just how valuable he is to the club.

With 70 minutes gone, Lanzini - who left the field with a particularly splendid black eye - drifted a corner into the box from where Angelo Ogbonna rose highest and found the net, scoring what proved to be the winning goal.

Cue ecstasy and elation in the away portion of the national stadium - and a place in the last eight of the Cup.

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Player Ratings

Adrian San Miguel Del Castillo
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Sam Byram
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Aaron Cresswell
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Angelo Ogbonna
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Declan Rice
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Edimilson Fernandes
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Mark Noble
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Cheikhou Kouyate
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Manuel Lanzini
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Andre Ayew
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Andy Carroll
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Marko Arnautovic
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Pedro Obiang
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Joe Hart
Did not play.

Arthur Masuaku
Did not play.

Jose Fonte
Did not play.

Sead Haksabanovic
Did not play.

Javier Hernandez
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Adrian San Miguel Del Castillo, Sam Byram, Aaron Cresswell, Angelo Ogbonna, Declan Rice, Edimilson Fernandes, Mark Noble, Cheikhou Kouyate, Manuel Lanzini, Andre Ayew, Andy Carroll.

Goals: Andre Ayew 55 Andre Ayew 60 Angelo Ogbonna 70              .

Booked: None.

Sent off: None.

Tottenham Hotspur: Vorm, Trippier, Rose (Eriksen 81), Alderweireld, Son, Dier, Sissoko, Llorente (Dembele 72), Alli, Foyth, Davies.

Subs not used: Gazzaniga, Sanchez, Nkoudou, Winks, Walker-Peters.

Goals: Sissoko (6), Alli (37).

Booked: .

Sent off: None.

Referee: Mike Dean.

Attendance: 0.

Man of the Match: Andre Ayew.