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West Ham v Burnley as it happened


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By Chris Whyatt

2220: That's all from me folks. Enjoyable evening. Thanks for your company and contributions. Check out our match report for the full recap on West Ham's 5-1 win over Burnley. Bit harsh 'em. But what a tantalising quarter-final that'll be when the Hammers make their way North to Stoke. See you soon. Thursday in fact. Do join me.

BBC Sport's Frank Keogh at Upton Park on Twitter: "West Ham have not played at Wembley for 30 years. Now one game away for second time this season #BBCFootball "

West Ham manager Avram Grant [with hands deep in pockets of standard puffa Premier League manager jacket]: "You're always expected to win as the Premier League team. But they are very good, with plenty of attacking players. We spoke about exposing their high defensive line at half-time and we did that. Stay up and win the FA Cup? I'd buy that right now. Having Thomas back is crucial."

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Anonymous texts in: "Amazed that these officials didn't spot THREE fouls for the critical second goal - an offside, foul on the keeper and handball. Amazed."

It was a remarkable goal. Cole's second touch was remarkable! But what a finish seconds later. Do watch highlights if you can.

Thomas Hitzlsperger on ESPN: "It went so well tonight. I didn't know what to expect after so long out. The fans must have forgotten about me. Hopefully that will flood the camp with confidence now. We needed it. It's been a tough time [being injured] so this is a special day for me."

2200: Nah, the FA Cup ain't dead. Oxygen aplenty there.

2158: Must just tell you about a phenomenal goal-line clearance from Winston Reid prior to Sears' searing strike. Substitute Chris Iwelumo looked to have headed Burnley's second but Reid raced back to head away to safety via the bar and post. Spectacular.

Full time

Sears goal: Bit of pinball on the edge of sorry Burnley's box but Freddie Sears strides onto it to strike a true finish high past Grant. He deserved that.


2149: Noble dallies with hungry well-placed strikers awaiting a pass. Must doff cap to his vision for Carlton Cole's Jekyll and Hyde goals.

Nathan White on Twitter: "Avram Grant should just manage cup games, look at his record; Chelsea in Euro final, Pompey FA Cup, West Ham this season. Brilliant!"

Jamie in West Hampstead, London, texts in: "After Chelsea drew 2-2 away in Europe a few seasons ago, my dear Mum claimed that meant they were 4-2 up. Why? Because away goals count double..."

2144: Despite the score, I'm still impressed with how Burnley pass and move. This is great preparation for West Ham's match with Liverpool at the weekend. Goals, confidence, new players shining.

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Anonymous texts in: "St Andrews University colleague asked me during World Cup if David Beckham would be playing for the US team this year?"

2140: Splendid rising volley from West Ham's Senegalese striker Ba, whose been a real handful of trouble all night, but Grant tips over smartly. And off he trots for Piquionne. Earned his crust tonight.

BBC Sport's Frank Keogh at Upton Park on Twitter: "If score stays at 4-1, Avram Grant's cup record at West Ham will be: Played 9 Won 8 Lost 1. For 22 Against 9!"

Rodriguez goal: Yep. Comical. Wayne Bridge, who should know better, plays the ball back to a surprised Robert Green on his goal-line with Tyrone Mears breathing down his neck. Green's attempted hoof hits Mears in the face before Jay Rodriguez pokes in the, erm, accidental nose assist from his team-mate. Not pretty.


2130: Hectares of space for Jay Rodriguez as West Ham go to sleep. But he curls well over. Hang on. More comedy.

2127: Hammers instant new hero Thomas Hitzlsperger is replaced by Pablo Barrera as the stadium rises as one to salute him. What an impact. Can he drive West Ham up the Premier League table?

2125: London-accented oles tumbling down the Upton Park stands now. Leyton Orient-West Ham for the 2011 FA Cup final anyone?

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Matt from Stoke Newington texts in re/ football wisdom: "One particularly bright friend if mine once asked if the supporters changed ends at half time. Can you imagine the logistics?"

Reid goal: Expert corner from expert dead-ball delivery man Thomas H means Winston Reid only has to glance the ball across his sweaty forehead it to fly past flummoxed Grant. Game over.


2116: Freddie Sears looks a tasty player. Picks up Ba's weak pass before shooting into Grant's midriff. West Ham to face Stoke - at the Britannia - for a coveted place in the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley. Barring something remarkable from Burnley.

Cole goals: Never seen anything like that. The first was an embarrassing calamity. Noble played him in but, in acres of space, his hideous second touch takes the ball to the keeper but Carlton Cole falls on him then handles it before hooking into the gaping goal. Couldn't miss, eventually. Seconds later, as Burnley again get caught playing a high line, he traps Noble's pass sumptuously before curling a perfect high shot past Grant. Yin. Chalk. Yang. Cheese. Incredible.



2106: Sloppy passing all round. Chris Eagles chips the ball into the empty net. Offside though. What on earth is this now.

2104: Bubbles drifting up through the Upton Park stands... from a machine that is artificially manufacturing them. I'm not deflated by that. Second half gets under way.

2100: Been covering the FA Cup all weekend. My best moment is easy to recall. Someone - and that's all I'm saying - explained that the winners of the tie would go through to the next round while the losers would be knocked out. Chuckle. Do you wish to share any ridiculous football wisdom with me and a few others? Amateur or professional games both qualify...

2056: In case you were wondering, Hitzlsperger did not place that. Didn't look up. Didn't think. He just absolutely cracked it with the technique of a master brain surgeon. And the ball moved like John Travolta's hips in Saturday Night Fever when gathering pace as it tore past Burnley keeper Lee Grant. Some expert media commentators are criticising him for not stopping it! What about you?

BBC Sport's Frank Keogh at Upton Park on Twitter: ""SHOOT" bellow the West Ham fans every time Hitzlsperger is getting the ball. 6 months out. On mark within 25 mins."

Half time

2046: Some creation in the air. Freddie Sears takes a Zidane-like flick from Lars Jacobson [not often you'll hear that I'd bet] in his stride before shooting wide with his left foot. Enjoying this?

2044: Burnley lost 5-3 at West Ham last season in the Premier League. There isn't a huge gulf between the two sides. Scottish winger Wallace down injured after a challenge on Wayne Bridge so the visitors a man light...

2041: More wonderful football from Burnley as Ross Wallace comes off the wing to thread a delightfully weighted pass inside the full-back which Speedy Gonzalez Mears sprints onto only for his sliding cross to be blocked well inside West Ham's box.

2037: Not surprised Hammers fans desire breathing space as Burnley go close once again. Impressive. Snappy pass into feet from Danny Fox is laid off neatly by Rodriquez but Rob Green is equal to the powerful low shot from Chris Eagles. Fine play indeed.

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Anonymous texts in: "Good work 'DaddyMertons'. Now, if you could just predict a 5-0 win for west ham, we can all go home, job done..."

2033: But the visitors soon calm their jitters with some classy movement and passing between Mears, Eagles and Rodriguez. The chance they work is, however, quickly flagged offside. Eddie Howe shouting on passionately from the touchline as his dugout look on.

2030: West Ham high on confidence now, Burnley rocking a tad...

West Ham goal: Seconds after walloping that premonition of a Tweet into the text and Thomas Hitzlsperger finds space 20 yards out to lash an unstoppable nuclear rocket of a thunderbolt high into the net. Breathtaking goal less than 30 minutes into his debut.


DaddyMertens on Twitter: "Any chance of a 30-yard wonder strike for Hitzlsperger on his debut today? I definitely think so!"

2019: Tactics shmactics. West Ham rocking a 4-3-3 but it ain't making much difference. So far. Hitzlsperger escapes some close attention to feed Freddie Sears but the youngsters touch eludes him. Onus more on the Hammers because Burnley look fairly comfortable.

2017: Winston Reid dallies as Burnley nearly capitalise then, almost immediately, Ross Wallace cuts inside to test Robert Green with a fierce left-footer from 18 yards. Poor organisation from the hosts.

2014: Easily cleared once more as the Irons work a shooting space for Scott Parker from a counter attack. His effort is tame though. Hang on, terrible defending...

2011: Good movement from Burnley's Rodriguez on the wing. West Ham trying to build possession. The visitors, I should tell you, are wearing white instead of their usual claret and blue. Corner to Burnley...

2007: Carlton Cole, who's had a tough season, does a fair impression of Cristiano Ronaldo to find space for a fine cross for West Ham debutant Thomas H. But the ball is on the German's significantly weaker right side and he cannot produce a typical cannon as the stubbed shot whimpers into nothing. Promising though. Open.

2005: Tyrone Mears forces a corner for Burnley this time but the ball, delivered from the right, thuds off Tomkins head back into the stands from the direction it came. Huge echo! Crowd yet to roaring.

2002: But Burnley keeper races out to pinch the ball from Demba Ba's tiptoes. Hitzlsperger getting a nice early touch on the ball force a corner, but the dead-ball comes to nothing.

2000: We're under way at Upton Park. Early chance perhaps.

1959: Very interested to see how Burnley's hot young talent Jay Rodriguez gets on tonight...

Ash in Bristol texts in: "No Obinna tonight for West Ham! He has been their creative spark this season. Interesting to see how they play without him..."

BBC Radio 5 Live
1956: England centre-back Matthew Upson misses out because of tendonitis for West Ham tonight but reports that he will not play again this season are a Grand Canyon or two wide of the mark. That's what first-team coach Wally Downes told Radio 5 live a short while ago. "All footballers have knocks lurking if you give them a scan," he said. "Matthew will be back soon."

1950: Proud Lancastrians Burnley, lest we forget, have rich pedigree. In the first season of post-war football they actually beat Liverpool on the way to reaching the FA Cup final and, less than 15 years later, were playing European football. History lesson over. Their modern team play attractive passing football and are managed by one of the brightest young managers in the game today. And here he is, Eddie Howe, with kick off 10 minutes away. "They are very strong, but we've got nothing to lose."

England fast bowler Jimmy Anderson at the Cricket World Cup on Twitter [from India]: "Bed now. Will hopefully wake up to a Burnley win. If not will have to put up with Yardy & Gooch gloating for a week. Night x"

West Ham: Green, Reid, Tomkins, Jacobsen, Bridge, Sears, Parker, Noble, Hitzlsperger, Cole, Ba.
Subs: Boffin, Barrera, Boa Morte, Spector, da Costa, Hines, Piquionne.
Burnley: Grant, Mears, Duff, Carlisle, Fox, Elliott, Cork, Eagles, Marney, Wallace, Rodriguez.
Subs: Jensen, Alexander, Iwelumo, Edgar, Bikey, Easton, Thompson.
Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)

German midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger makes his competitive debut for West Ham more than five months joining the club.

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1936: The relegation-threatened Hammers are going to need to summon that win-at-all-costs attitude to stay up. But tonight's fifth-round FA Cup match could be a welcome relief from the pressures of Premier League football. Championship Burnley are the visitors to Upton Park. The floodlights are on. The ground is filling while Bovril floods the nostrils. Do get involved! As always, you can Tweet the commentary via the hashtag #BBCFootball. You can also throw a question at me direct on @whyattchris or text me via 81111 (UK).

1930: Picture this. Captain Fantastic Scott Parker, hair flapping about furiously in the wind, neck-and-neck with Demba Ba as they screech past Matthew Upson on the final bend like something out of Super Mario Kart. Wonder how competitive West Ham's millionaire players were on a recent team-bonding trip to a karting circuit...

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