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Thursday 19 December 2013

Capital One Cup: West Ham enjoy life at the Lane

Second win of the season at Spurs secures last four berth while Man Utd beat Stoke

  • West Ham's Matthew Taylor clears during the tie at White Hart Lane

  • Ashley Young scored one and set up the other for Man Utd at Stoke

West Ham United grabbed their second win of the season at White Hart Lane to reach the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup, where they will be joined by Manchester United, who won 2-0 away to Stoke City.

Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 West Ham United

West Ham came from behind with two late goals to hand defeat to Tim Sherwood in his first match as temporary head coach at Spurs.

"It's a victory we can enjoy tonight, but tomorrow it's getting ready for Manchester United"
Sam Allardyce

Sherwood fielded Emmanuel Adebayor alongside Jermain Defoe up front and was rewarded when the two combined for the Togolese striker to open the scoring midway through the second half. But Matt Jarvis levelled for West Ham 10 minutes from time and, five minutes later, Modibo Maiga headed in the winner, his first goal in more than a year.

After the match Sherwood said he was not sure whether he would be in charge for the trip to Southampton in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday, a match for which Andros Townsend is a doubt after going off with a hamstring injury.

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is hoping the win will spur his team to climb from their position of 17th in the Barclays Premier League table ahead of their match away to Manchester United on Saturday.

"It's a victory we can enjoy tonight, but tomorrow it's up and at it again and getting ready for Manchester United," he said. "With a resilient performance - like we showed tonight - against Manchester United, hopefully we might get something there. Hopefully it will kick us on."

Stoke City 0-2 Manchester United

Ashley Young scored his first goal in more than a year and a half and set up Patrice Evra to score the second to send Manchester United into the semi-finals with a win at a stormy Britannia Stadium.

The match had to be stopped during the first half for a violent hailstorm but when it resumed Young proved to be key for United.

Wayne Rooney was absent from the starting line-up for United through injury and is considered a doubt for the visit of West Ham United in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday. With Robin van Persie absent for four weeks with a thigh strain, Danny Welbeck played alone up front.

In the draw for the semi-finals, which take place over two legs, United were drawn to face Sunderland, while West Ham will play Manchester City.

Captial One Cup results

Fifth round
Stoke City 0-2 Manchester United
Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 West Ham United

Semi-final draw

Sunderland v Manchester United
Manchester City v West Ham

First legs to be played week commencing January 6; second legs week commencing January 20.

Key Points

  • West Ham beat Spurs 2-1 to reach semi-finals of Capital One Cup
  • Man United also in last four after beating Stoke City 2-0
  • In last four, West Ham to face Man City, while Man Utd will play Sunderland

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