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West Ham 1-0 Oxford

West Ham 1-0 Oxford

West Ham   1 - 0   Oxford Utd

Scott Parker spared West Ham's blushes by scoring the winner deep into injury time to overcome League Two's Oxford in the Carling Cup second round.

The visitors forced keeper Marek Stech into good saves from James Constable and Asa Hall while Simon Heslop and Harry Worley went narrowly wide.

Parker came close 10 minutes from time while Carlton Cole had an effort ruled out for offside after 88 minutes.

As extra-time loomed, Parker converted Frederic Piquionne's cross.

The timing was harsh on the visitors who had been stubborn and organised throughout and at least deserved a crack at the Hammers in extra-time.

But while West Ham manager Avram Grant will be thankful to have avoided a cup giant-killing, this performance only laid bare the size of his task at Upton Park.

West Ham are without a point after two league games this season and they are struggling for fire power.

And the truth is that the result was tough on Oxford who, for long periods of this match, were as good as their top-flight opponents.

Piquionne might have put the Hammers in front in the first minute but his rasping 20-yard shot was neatly turned around the post for a corner by Oxford goalkeeper Ryan Clarke.

But it was the header he missed from six yards and when under no pressure with just the goalkeeper to beat which summed up the home side's problems.

The first half was all huff and puff and no end product for the Hammers and it could have been worse for the hosts because the visitors had their chances.

Alfie Potter, who once scored for Havant and Waterlooville against Liverpool at Anfield in an FA Cup fourth-round tie, was a scampering menace, firing in a 25-yard shot which stung the hands of Stech.

Constable and Hall, the latter with a blistering 30-yard drive, also brought sharp saves from the West Ham goalkeeper in the first half.

The second half was much of the same, Grant's men driving forward but too often without conviction or creativity.

Oxford might have produced a heroic result if shots from Hall and Potter had been more precise. But as it was, they were stung by a late, late show from Parker.

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Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Carling Cup

Home Team Score Away Team Time
West Ham 1-0 Oxford Utd FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Parker 90+3

    West Ham

    Substitutes

    Oxford Utd

    • 01 Clarke
    • 03 Tonkin
    • 06 Wright
    • 22 Worley
    • 23 Purkiss
    • 04 Bulman (Baker 70)
    • 08 Heslop yellow card
    • 14 Hall
    • 09 Constable
    • 15 Potter (Green 86)
    • 17 Cole (Clist 46)

    Substitutes

    • 21 Eastwood,
    • 05 Creighton,
    • 11 Clist,
    • 19 Baker,
    • 20 Deering,
    • 10 Midson,
    • 24 Green
    Ref: LiningtonAtt: 20,902
    WEST HAM
    OXFORD UTD

    Possession

    • West Ham 65%
    • Oxford Utd 35%

    Attempts on target

    • West Ham 10
    • Oxford Utd 4

    Attempts off target

    • West Ham 11
    • Oxford Utd 4

    Corners

    • West Ham 9
    • Oxford Utd 3

    Fouls

    • West Ham 5
    • Oxford Utd 7
    • Final Result
    • 94:50 The match gets underway.
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+2:51 Assist by Frederic Piquionne.
    • 90:00+2:51 GOAL - Scott ParkerWest Ham 1 - 0 Oxford Utd Scott Parker scores a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. West Ham 1-0 Oxford Utd.
    • 90:00+0:58 Defending throw-in by Jonathan Spector (West Ham).
    • 90:00 The match has reached full-time.
    • 89:17 Benni McCarthy fouled by Simon Clist, the ref awards a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Mark Noble from the free kick.
    • 89:03 Defending throw-in by Jonathan Spector (West Ham).
    • 88:41 Goal kick taken long by Ryan Clarke (Oxford Utd).
    • 87:51 The referee blows for offside against Benni McCarthy. Ryan Clarke takes the indirect free kick.
    • 86:05 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Simon Heslop by Scott Parker. Ryan Clarke restarts play with the free kick.
    • 85:23 Substitution Matthew Green comes on in place of Alfie Potter.
    • 85:03 Defending throw-in by Ben Purkiss (Oxford Utd).
    • 84:01 Attacking throw-in by Ben Purkiss (Oxford Utd).
    • 83:34 Pablo Barrera takes a shot. Richie Baker gets a block in.
    • 83:17 Defending throw-in by James Tomkins (West Ham).
    • 82:11 Defending throw-in by Tal Ben-Haim (West Ham).
    • 82:04 Attacking throw-in by Julien Faubert (West Ham).
    • 81:37 Asa Hall takes a shot. Save by Marek Stech.
    • 80:52 Attacking throw-in by Jonathan Spector (West Ham).
    • 80:30 James Constable is caught offside. Free kick taken by Marek Stech.
    • 80:19 Defending throw-in by Julien Faubert (West Ham).
    • 79:34 Scott Parker takes a shot. Save made by Ryan Clarke.
    • 78:49 Goal kick taken short by Marek Stech (West Ham).
    • 78:11 Carlton Cole takes a shot. Save by Ryan Clarke.
    • 77:31 Goal kick taken short by Marek Stech (West Ham).
    • 77:31 Substitution Benni McCarthy replaces Freddie Sears.
    • 76:50 Corner taken left-footed by Simon Clist from the right by-line, Frederic Piquionne makes a clearance.
    • 75:03 Attacking throw-in by Jonathan Spector (West Ham).
    • 74:46 Carlton Cole takes a shot from 12 yards. Blocked by Jake Wright.
    • 73:57 Attacking throw-in by Anthony Tonkin (Oxford Utd).
    • 70:45 Corner taken by Mark Noble from the right by-line, Headed effort on goal by Frederic Piquionne from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the goal.
    • 69:31 Goal kick taken long by Ryan Clarke (Oxford Utd).
    • 69:31 Substitution Dannie Bulman leaves the field to be replaced by Richie Baker.
    • 69:31 Shot on goal by Freddie Sears from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 68:47 Shot from 20 yards by Pablo Barrera. Simon Clist gets a block in. Corner taken right-footed by Mark Noble, Jake Wright manages to make a clearance.
    • 67:24 Attacking throw-in by Julien Faubert (West Ham).
    • 66:06 The ball is sent over by Anthony Tonkin, Jonathan Spector makes a clearance. Corner from right by-line taken by Simon Clist.
    • 65:20 Goal kick taken short by Marek Stech (West Ham).
    • 64:43 Harry Worley has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 64:10 Attacking throw-in by Anthony Tonkin (Oxford Utd).
    • 62:40 Attacking throw-in by Jonathan Spector (West Ham).
    • 62:23 Attacking throw-in by Julien Faubert (West Ham).
    • 61:01 Goal kick taken long by Ryan Clarke (Oxford Utd).
    • 61:01 Substitution Carlton Cole comes on in place of Junior Stanislas.
    • 61:01 Mark Noble produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 60:18 Frederic Piquionne takes a shot. Save made by Ryan Clarke.
    • 58:21 Attacking throw-in by Anthony Tonkin (Oxford Utd).
    • 57:16 Tal Ben-Haim takes the direct free kick.
    • 57:16 Booking Simon Heslop receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 56:56 Jonathan Spector fouled by Simon Heslop, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 56:35 Attacking throw-in by Anthony Tonkin (Oxford Utd).
    • 56:05 The assistant referee flags for offside against Pablo Barrera. Ryan Clarke takes the indirect free kick.
    • 55:44 Unfair challenge on Scott Parker by Simon Heslop results in a free kick. Scott Parker restarts play with the free kick.
    • 55:00 The assistant referee flags for offside against Frederic Piquionne. Ryan Clarke takes the free kick.
    • 54:25 Defending throw-in by Ben Purkiss (Oxford Utd).
    • 54:04 Foul by Mark Noble on Dannie Bulman, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Dannie Bulman.
    • 53:39 Frederic Piquionne concedes a free kick for a foul on Dannie Bulman. Harry Worley takes the direct free kick.
    • 53:23 Attacking throw-in by Ben Purkiss (Oxford Utd).
    • 52:46 Frederic Piquionne has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 52:26 Attacking throw-in by Freddie Sears (West Ham).
    • 51:44 Defending throw-in by Anthony Tonkin (Oxford Utd).
    • 51:30 Attacking throw-in by Julien Faubert (West Ham).
    • 51:08 Simon Heslop has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.
    • 50:06 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Mark Noble, James Constable fouled by James Tomkins, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Ryan Clarke.
    • 49:45 Attacking throw-in by Julien Faubert (West Ham).
    • 49:29 Unfair challenge on Pablo Barrera by Anthony Tonkin results in a free kick. Pablo Barrera restarts play with the free kick.
    • 45:44 Effort on goal by Simon Clist from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
    • 45:01 Substitution Simon Clist joins the action as a substitute, replacing Mitchell Cole.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+0:42 Defending throw-in by Jonathan Spector (West Ham).
    • 45:00 The ref blows to signal half-time.
    • 44:14 Pablo Barrera produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 43:18 Mark Noble takes the inswinging corner, Jake Wright makes a clearance.
    • 42:47 Attacking throw-in by Jonathan Spector (West Ham).
    • 41:12 Asa Hall produces a drilled right-footed shot from 30 yards. Save made by Marek Stech. Outswinging corner taken by Mitchell Cole from the left by-line, James Constable produces a right-footed shot from close in that clears the bar.
    • 40:02 Julien Faubert takes a shot. Asa Hall gets a block in. Short corner taken by Mark Noble.
    • 38:47 Defending throw-in by Ben Purkiss (Oxford Utd).
    • 37:43 Defending throw-in by Ben Purkiss (Oxford Utd).
    • 36:30 Outswinging corner taken by Mark Noble from the right by-line, clearance made by Harry Worley.
    • 36:22 Defending throw-in by Jake Wright (Oxford Utd).
    • 35:40 James Constable challenges James Tomkins unfairly and gives away a free kick. James Tomkins takes the direct free kick.
    • 35:12 Attacking throw-in by Jonathan Spector (West Ham).
    • 33:50 A cross is delivered by Julien Faubert, Frederic Piquionne produces a header from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 32:41 Goal kick taken long by Ryan Clarke (Oxford Utd).
    • 31:20 Goal kick taken short by Marek Stech (West Ham).
    • 30:54 Attacking throw-in by Ben Purkiss (Oxford Utd).
    • 28:53 The assistant referee signals for offside against James Constable. James Tomkins takes the free kick.
    • 27:19 Shot by Junior Stanislas. Dannie Bulman gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Mark Noble, clearance made by Harry Worley.
    • 26:59 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Spector by Simon Heslop. James Tomkins takes the free kick.
    • 25:52 Corner taken by Mark Noble from the right by-line to the near post, Frederic Piquionne takes a shot.
    • 24:39 Attacking throw-in by Julien Faubert (West Ham).
    • 24:22 Frederic Piquionne fouled by Jake Wright, the ref awards a free kick. Mark Noble takes the direct free kick.
    • 24:00 Alfie Potter produces a drilled right-footed shot from 25 yards. Marek Stech makes a save.
    • 23:02 Goal kick taken short by Marek Stech (West Ham).
    • 22:31 Jonathan Spector challenges Alfie Potter unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ryan Clarke restarts play with the free kick.
    • 21:00 Goal kick taken long by Ryan Clarke (Oxford Utd).
    • 18:43 James Constable is caught offside. Scott Parker restarts play with the free kick.
    • 17:11 Attacking throw-in by Ben Purkiss (Oxford Utd).
    • 16:43 Shot from outside the box by Junior Stanislas misses to the left of the target.
    • 15:51 James Constable takes a shot. Comfortable save by Marek Stech.
    • 14:58 Attacking throw-in by Julien Faubert (West Ham).
    • 11:16 Attacking throw-in by Anthony Tonkin (Oxford Utd).
    • 10:01 The official flags Frederic Piquionne offside. Ryan Clarke takes the free kick.
    • 9:36 Goal kick taken short by Marek Stech (West Ham).
    • 8:29 Goal kick taken long by Ryan Clarke (Oxford Utd).
    • 7:06 Attacking throw-in by Anthony Tonkin (Oxford Utd).
    • 5:51 Defending throw-in by Ben Purkiss (Oxford Utd).
    • 5:25 Effort on goal by Scott Parker from long range goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 4:36 Defending throw-in by Jonathan Spector (West Ham).
    • 4:08 Goal kick taken long by Ryan Clarke (Oxford Utd).
    • 3:56 Attacking throw-in by Julien Faubert (West Ham).
    • 2:49 Goal kick taken long by Ryan Clarke (Oxford Utd).
    • 0:46 Frederic Piquionne takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Brilliant save by Ryan Clarke. Corner taken right-footed by Mark Noble, Header from deep inside the area by Pablo Barrera goes over the bar.

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