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Coventry 1-2 West Ham

West Ham celebrate their late winner
West Ham celebrate their winner

West Ham left it late before earning a place in the last eight of the Carling Cup with a goal from Carlton Cole.

Coventry played the match at a fast pace and deservedly took the lead when Jay Tabb stole in at the back post to nod in Isaac Osbourne's flighted pass.

But West Ham were level within three minutes when Marcus Hall deflected Luis Boa Morte's shot into his own net.

And the visitors snatched victory in the third minute of added time when Cole pounced on a Ben Turner mistake.

It was a cruel end for the centre-back and Coventry, who took the game to their Premier League opponents from the first moment and played much the better football.

The lively Tabb and Michael Mifsud set the tempo and both had chances which flashed wide, as did striker Leon Best.


The Hammers failed to muster a single effort on target in the first half, when they were aggrieved that Turner escaped punishment after tangling with Boa Morte outside the box and Cole in it.

To make matters worse, Hayden Mullins did not reappear for the second 45 because of a knee injury and Anton Ferdinand failed to see out the match because of a hamstring problem.

The Hammers conjured a chance when Cole headed wide from a Matthew Etherington corner before Tabb showed him how to do it, nodding in Osbourne's delightful forward ball on 68 minutes.

The home fans at the Ricoh Arena were in raptures, but West Ham were given a lifeline when Boa Morte pounced on Arjen de Zeeuw's weak clearing header.

George McCartney soon wasted a good opportunity for the Hammers, lashing into the side-netting, before Etherington fired a free-kick well wide.

But with extra-time looming Cole struck to break home hearts with a clean finish from the edge of the area after Turner's error in judging a long ball forward.

  • Coventry boss Iain Dowie on an alleged handball in the build-up to West Ham's late winner:
    "I do not want to bemoan the referee's decision but yes there was a handball. I'm sure Rob Styles will ring me to say he's got it wrong.

    "I am very proud of the players. They could not have done anything more.

    "Obviously, it is very galling to lose in that way. There will be a few broken hearts in our dressing room."

  • West Ham boss Alan Curbishley:
    "Coley's worked ever so hard and deserved his goal.

    "I hope it gives him more confidence because we play next at Upton Park and I hope he carries on.

    "He has had to wait for his chance and he is now grabbing it. He is there, he has got a chance."

    Coventry: Marshall, McNamee, De Zeeuw, Turner, Hall, Tabb, Doyle, Osbourne, Gray (Simpson 46), Mifsud, Best (Kyle 70).
    Subs Not Used: Ward, Cairo, Thornton.

    Booked: Osbourne.

    Goals: Tabb 68.

    West Ham: Wright, Neill, Ferdinand (Gabbidon 85), Upson, McCartney, Bowyer, Noble (Pantsil 61), Mullins (Spector 46), Etherington, Boa Morte, Cole.
    Subs Not Used: Green, Reid.

    Booked: McCartney, Neill, Spector.

    Goals: Hall 71 og, Cole 90.

    Att: 23,968

    Ref: Rob Styles (Hampshire).

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