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The referee brings the game to a close.
Carlton Cole takes a shot. Simon Mignolet makes a save.
Carlton Cole challenges Nedum Onuoha unfairly and gives away a free kick. Simon Mignolet takes the free kick.
Mark Noble joins the action as a substitute, replacing Pablo Barrera.
Steed Malbranque takes a shot. Save by Marek Stech.
Corner taken by Pablo Barrera, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by James Tomkins misses to the left of the goal.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Nedum Onuoha on Carlton Cole. Direct free kick taken by Luis Boa Morte.
Effort from the edge of the area by Phillip Bardsley goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Unfair challenge on Scott Parker by Boudewijn Zenden results in a free kick. Radoslav Kovac takes the direct free kick.
Boudewijn Zenden takes a shot. Blocked by Scott Parker.
(West Ham) makes a substitution, with Carlton Cole coming on for Frederic Piquionne.
Julien Faubert fouled by Danny Welbeck, the ref awards a free kick. Julien Faubert takes the free kick.
Cristian Riveros concedes a free kick for a foul on Kieron Dyer. Scott Parker delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel.
Frederic Piquionne has a headed effort at goal from just inside the area that misses to the right of the target.
Ahmed Elmohamady challenges Tal Ben-Haim unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Marek Stech.
Boudewijn Zenden comes on in place of Jordan Henderson. Victor Obinna goes off and Kieron Dyer comes on.
Corner taken by Victor Obinna from the right by-line, Headed effort from deep inside the area by James Tomkins misses to the left of the goal.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Manuel da Costa on Phillip Bardsley. Jordan Henderson crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Marek Stech.
A cross is delivered by Ahmed Elmohamady.
Jordan Henderson takes a shot. Comfortable save by Marek Stech.
Effort from long range by Victor Obinna goes wide left of the goal.
Darren Bent produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
Steed Malbranque is brought on as a substitute for Asamoah Gyan.
Foul by Cristian Riveros on Radoslav Kovac, free kick awarded. Scott Parker restarts play with the free kick. Victor Obinna finds the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Sunderland 1-2 West Ham.The assist for the goal came from Pablo Barrera.
A cross is delivered by Luis Boa Morte, save by Simon Mignolet.
The ball is sent over by Pablo Barrera, Kieran Richardson gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Victor Obinna from the right by-line, Paulo Da Silva makes a clearance.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Frederic Piquionne. Indirect free kick taken by Paulo Da Silva.
Effort from deep inside the area by Pablo Barrera misses to the right of the target.
Cristian Riveros challenges Victor Obinna unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Manuel da Costa.
Radoslav Kovac concedes a free kick for a foul on Asamoah Gyan. Jordan Henderson takes the direct free kick.
Strike by Asamoah Gyan from inside the six-yard box clear the bar.
The ball is swung over by Phillip Bardsley, save made by Marek Stech.
Manuel da Costa gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Welbeck. Kieran Richardson restarts play with the free kick.
Pablo Barrera takes a shot. Blocked by Cristian Riveros. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Victor Obinna from the right by-line.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Jordan Henderson.
Phillip Bardsley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Victor Obinna. Free kick crossed right-footed by Victor Obinna from left channel, clearance made by Paulo Da Silva.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Pablo Barrera by Paulo Da Silva. Pablo Barrera restarts play with the free kick.
Paulo Da Silva is brought on as a substitute for Anton Ferdinand. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Jordan Henderson, Asamoah Gyan finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close range. Sunderland 1-1 West Ham.Jordan Henderson provided the assist for the goal.
Pablo Barrera takes a shot. Save by Simon Mignolet.
Danny Welbeck has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
Scott Parker produces a drilled right-footed shot from 12 yards. Save by Simon Mignolet.
A goal is scored by Frederic Piquionne from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Sunderland 0-1 West Ham.Assist on the goal came from Victor Obinna.
Asamoah Gyan takes a shot. Marek Stech makes a save.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Welbeck on Julien Faubert. Free kick taken by James Tomkins.
Victor Obinna takes a shot. Save by Simon Mignolet. Shot from 30 yards from Frederic Piquionne. Simon Mignolet makes a save.
Cristian Riveros has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Nedum Onuoha fouled by Luis Boa Morte, the ref awards a free kick. Phillip Bardsley restarts play with the free kick.
The offside flag is raised against Frederic Piquionne. Simon Mignolet restarts play with the free kick.
Darren Bent gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tal Ben-Haim. James Tomkins takes the direct free kick.
Phillip Bardsley takes a shot. Scott Parker gets a block in. The ball is swung over by Ahmed Elmohamady, blocked by James Tomkins. Corner taken right-footed by Jordan Henderson, Close range headed effort by Nedum Onuoha misses to the right of the goal.
Shot from just outside the area by Kieran Richardson misses to the right of the target.
Danny Welbeck takes a shot. Save made by Marek Stech.
Centre by Darren Bent.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Anton Ferdinand on Victor Obinna. Scott Parker takes the free kick.
Victor Obinna fouled by Anton Ferdinand, the ref awards a free kick. Scott Parker crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Phillip Bardsley.
Asamoah Gyan takes a shot. James Tomkins gets a block in.
Ahmed Elmohamady produces a cross.
Shot from outside the box by Victor Obinna misses to the left of the target.
Victor Obinna has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area missing to the wide left of the goal.
Long range shot by Victor Obinna goes wide right of the net.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Cristian Riveros on Luis Boa Morte. Free kick taken by Scott Parker.
Victor Obinna has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses right.
Frederic Piquionne gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Phillip Bardsley. Direct free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Cristian Riveros on Radoslav Kovac. Manuel da Costa takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken by Victor Obinna, Simon Mignolet makes a save.
The match has kicked off.
The half-time whistle blows.
The match restarts for the second half.
Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan will start his first game for the club in their Carling Cup third-round clash with West Ham.
The Black Cats' record signing, who has made two appearances as a substitute to date since his £13million-plus arrival from Rennes, will be joined by midfielder Bolo Zenden in the team, while Andy Reid and Jack Colback are also in contention.
However, skipper Lee Cattermole is suspended, while John Mensah (calf) and Michael Turner (ankle) will also miss out. Keeper Craig Gordon is a week away from returning to full training after breaking his arm, but striker Fraizer Campbell is starting six months on the sidelines following knee surgery on Friday and David Meyler (also knee) is a long-term casualty.
Boss Steve Bruce said: "We are capable of winning a cup, although history tells you that the big boys seem to win that as well.
"But we will do our utmost. We are capable of winning five, six games, and that's what you need to do to win a bit of silverware.
"We will treat it with the respect it deserves, put out a team I hope is good enough to win the match and see where it takes us."
West Ham are likely to be without Valon Behrami and Thomas Hitzlsperger. Behrami sustained a knee injury in the draw at Stoke while Hitzlsperger is struggling with a thigh problem.
Israeli defender Tal Ben Haim is back after missing the Stoke game but long-term absentees Zavon Hines, Jack Collison and Peter Kurucz (all knee) remain sidelined.
West Ham boss Avram Grant admits he does not have the luxury of resting some of his first-team regulars in the Carling Cup.
The Hammers got off the mark in Barclays Premier League when Scott Parker's goal earned them a 1-1 draw at Stoke on Saturday.
Now they face Sunderland and Grant sees the game as a real chance to get a win under their belts.
He said: "We want to win any game - friendly games, league games and also in the Carling Cup - so we will go to this game and we want to win and we want to be in the next round.
"But Valon Behrami (knee) got injured on Saturday and also Thomas Hitzlsperger is injured. So we won't have players resting as they'll play.
"This is an opportunity to see the other players. We have good players in the squad and they will play. The most important thing is the league and building something for the future. I think the Carling Cup is like a bonus."
Obinna sinks Sunderland
Nigeria international Victor Obinna dashed Sunderland's Carling Cup dreams as West Ham tasted victory against Barclays Premier League opposition for the first time this season with a 2-1 win.
The 23-year-old struck 14 minutes after the break to send the Hammers into the fourth round courtesy of a deserved win at the Stadium of Light.
They took the lead with 35 minutes gone when Frederic Piquionne rounded Simon Mignolet to fire home.
The Black Cats were indebted to their Belgian goalkeeper when, having already denied both Obinna and Piquionne in quick succession, he kept out Scott Parker's effort from point-blank range.
Club record signing Asamoah Gyan briefly restored order with a 41st-minute header, his second goal in his first start for the club following a #13million-plus move from Rennes.
However, the Wearsiders were a shadow of the outfit which took a point from Arsenal at the weekend and they surrendered tamely in front of a disgruntled crowd of 21,907.
The Hammers, for whom skipper Parker was outstanding, will hope to repeat the feat at home to Tottenham on Saturday as they attempt to claim their first three-point haul of the campaign, while Sunderland head for Liverpool having seen an opportunity pass them by.
Ever since arriving at the Stadium of Light during the summer of last year, Steve Bruce has voiced the opinion that the club, while unlikely to win the Premier League title, is more than capable of lifting one of the domestic trophies.
For that reason, the Carling Cup is a priority, and he went into the tie insisting there was no reason the Black Cats could not make the latter stages of this season's competition.
In truth, they could have been out of it by half-time after a lukewarm opening 45 minutes during which the Hammers might have tied up victory.
Despite making seven changes to the side which claimed a first league point of the campaign at Stoke on Saturday, the visitors started brightly with Piquionne and Obinna causing problems, although initially without troubling Mignolet.
Sunderland, with nine of the men who were selected for Saturday's 1-1 draw with Arsenal retained and #13million-plus man Gyan added, initially struggled to get going.
However, they might have been in front with 15 minutes gone had Darren Bent not marginally overhit his cross to the unmarked Gyan, who just failed to reach it.
Nedum Onuoha, as he had done against the Gunners, headed a Jordan Henderson corner just over, and the home side were belatedly building a momentum.
But the Londoners were not content to soak up pressure and would have been ahead on the half-hour had Mignolet not palmed away Obinna's curling shot and then recovered well to claim Piquionne's follow-up.
The opening goal came 10 minutes before half-time, and it was the Belgian who had to pick the ball out of his net after Piquionne accepted Obinna's pass and calmly rounded him to score.
Mignolet was exposed once again two minutes later when Parker exchanged passes with Pablo Barrera and stabbed the ball towards the bottom corner, only for the goalkeeper to throw out a hand to turn away his effort.
But Sunderland responded with four minutes of the half remaining when Gyan glanced home another Henderson corner to spare his side a tongue-lashing at the break.
The might have gone behind once again within seconds of the restart when Barrera's shot took a wicked deflection off Cristian Riveros and dropped just wide of the post with Mignolet completely wrong-footed, although he was perhaps due a slice of good fortune after being beaten by Cesc Fabregas' outrageous fluke at the weekend.
Gyan fired wastefully over after being picked out by full-back Phil Bardsley following an enterprising run down the right four minutes later, but Barrera's 55th-minute chip was close enough to send Mignolet scurrying anxiously back towards his line before it dropped over.
But there was nothing he nor anyone else to do to keep Grant's men out four minutes later.
The impressive Parker combined with Barrera once again and when he slid a pass into the Mexican's run, he squared for Obinna to thump a low drive past the keeper and just inside the post.
Bruce immediately replaced the tiring Gyan with Steed Malbranque, who forced a vital save from keeper Marek Stech with six minutes remaining, and Mignolet had to deny substitute Carlton Cole deep into injury time as hopes of another late, late rescue act faded.
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