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RAPIDHAMMER: West Ham out: 3 x gegen ManCity, 3 x kein Tor

Wednesday, 16 January 2008

West Ham out: 3 x gegen ManCity, 3 x kein Tor

West Ham trifft gegen Manchester City einfach nicht ins Tor. Drei Mal spielten die Hammers diese Saison gegen die Hellblauen aus Manchester: 0:2, 0:0 und Mittwoch Abend 0:1 lauten die Ergebnisse. Das erste Mal seit 10 Jahren scheiterten die "Irons" bei ihrem ersten Einsatz im FA Cup in Runde 3. Wie sagte ich schon bei meinem Match report vom ersten Spiel im Boleyn Ground: "Ach wo sind die Zeiten hin, als McAvennie und Tony Cottee für die Hammers stürmten??"
FA Cup 3rd round replay: Man City 1 West Ham Utd 0
Match report by Matthew O'Greel, KUMB:
"Alan Curbishley celebrated his 50th game in charge of the Hammers tonight - but that was as far as the celebrations went as his side were sent tumbling out of the FA Cup.
A 73rd minute header from City's Brazilian midfielder Elano was enough to seperate the sides, as the Hammers drew a blank against Sven Goran Eriksson's outfit for the third time this season.West Ham may have been the better side on the night - and in terms of goalscoring opportunities they certainly edged it - but once again failure to convert any of those chances led to United's first 3rd round exit in ten years, and with it the chance of heaping further misery on Sheffield United who awaited the winners of tonight's tie in the 4th round.Perhaps most guilty on the night were Dean Ashton - who could only fire straight at fledgling keeper Joe Hart from just six yards out in the 31st minute - and Luis Boa Morte who opted to fire at goal from an impossible angle rather than set up an unmarked Freddie Ljungberg five minutes into the second half.For Boa Morte inparticular it was a miserable night, and after a questionable booking and further censure from referee Clattenburg he was removed from the pitch to presumably save himself being dismissed. Just moments after the Portuguese winger's withdrawal City scored the only goal of the game when a Petrov cross - virtually the first time he'd managed to get behind Lucas Neill, in stark contrast to the first tie 10 days ago - was first headed against the post by Bianchi before being stabbed home by Elano after it fell kindly for him.That pretty much summed up West Ham United's night, for nothing really went their way - including two penalty shouts, one either side of the break that on another night (or in another venue) may have been considered more carefully by the match official. However bar the aforementioned chances the Hammers failed to make the most of their superiority and can have no complaints at losing out, albeit by the narrowest of margins."

Man City: Hart, Corluka, Richards, Dunne, Ball, Hamann, Ireland, Elano, Castillo (Bianchi 34), Petrov, Vassell (Gelson 81).
Subs Not Used: Schmeichel, Onuoha, Garrido.
Booked: Hamann.
Goal: Elano 73.
West Ham: Green, Neill, Ferdinand, Upson, McCartney, Ljungberg (Faubert 62), Bowyer, Noble, Etherington, Boa Morte (Cole 70), Ashton.
Subs Not Used: Wright, Mullins, Spector.
Booked: Boa Morte.
Att: 27,809
Ref: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear).
Die übrigen Ergebnisse vom Mittwoch:
Havant and Waterlooville v Swansea 4:2
Newcastle - offensichtlich aufgebaut durch die überraschende Bestellung von Kevin Keegan zum neuen Manager - v Stoke 4:1

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