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Freddie Sears finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty box high into the middle of the goal. West Ham 5-1 Burnley.Assist on the goal came from Jonathan Spector.
Centre by Tyrone Mears, Chris Iwelumo takes a shot. Clearance made by Winston Reid.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Graham Alexander by Jonathan Spector. Daniel Fox takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Jay Rodriguez by Winston Reid results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Graham Alexander.
Frederic Piquionne takes a long range shot clearing the bar.
Steven Thompson on for Chris Eagles. Jay Rodriguez gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Pablo Barrera. Mark Noble takes the free kick.
Frederic Piquionne is brought on as a substitute for Demba Ba.
Shot by Demba Ba. Lee Grant makes a save. Corner taken right-footed by Mark Noble to the near post, Jack Cork makes a clearance.
Jonathan Spector fouled by Michael Duff, the ref awards a free kick. Mark Noble takes the free kick.
Booking for Wade Elliott for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for a foul by Wade Elliott on Mark Noble. Mark Noble takes the free kick.
Graham Alexander is brought on as a substitute for Dean Marney. Ross Wallace leaves the field to be replaced by Chris Iwelumo. Jonathan Spector joins the action as a substitute, replacing Carlton Cole.
Jay Rodriguez finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. West Ham 4-1 Burnley.Tyrone Mears provided the assist for the goal.
Effort on goal by Jay Rodriguez from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
The referee shows Jay Rodriguez a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Thomas Hitzlsperger leaves the field to be replaced by Pablo Barrera. Jay Rodriguez gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lars Jacobsen. Mark Noble takes the free kick.
Wayne Bridge fouled by Ross Wallace, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Scott Parker.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Demba Ba on Lee Grant. Direct free kick taken by Lee Grant.
Shot by Scott Parker. Save made by Lee Grant.
Demba Ba takes a shot. Save made by Lee Grant. Short corner worked by Mark Noble.
Winston Reid finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. West Ham 4-0 Burnley.Corner taken by Thomas Hitzlsperger, assist by Thomas Hitzlsperger.
Effort from 12 yards by Freddie Sears. Save by Lee Grant.
Chris Eagles has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Foul by Michael Duff on Demba Ba, free kick awarded. Mark Noble takes the direct free kick.
Effort on goal by Chris Eagles from long range goes over the crossbar.
Carlton Cole scores a goal from inside the box to the top right corner of the goal. West Ham 3-0 Burnley.Assist by Mark Noble.
Thomas Hitzlsperger gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Eagles. Direct free kick taken by Dean Marney.
Carlton Cole fires in a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. West Ham 2-0 Burnley.The assist for the goal came from Mark Noble.
Chris Eagles is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Winston Reid.
Effort from the edge of the area by Freddie Sears goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Clarke Carlisle by Winston Reid. Direct free kick taken by Lee Grant.
Corner taken right-footed by Mark Noble from the left by-line, clearance by Clarke Carlisle.
Carlton Cole challenges Ross Wallace unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tyrone Mears.
Corner taken by Ross Wallace from the right by-line, clearance made by Carlton Cole.
Chris Eagles takes a shot. Robert Green makes a save.
Daniel Fox challenges Freddie Sears unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lars Jacobsen takes the direct free kick.
The official flags Tyrone Mears offside. Indirect free kick taken by Robert Green.
The official flags Carlton Cole offside. Free kick taken by Lee Grant.
The referee blows for offside against Mark Noble. Free kick taken by Lee Grant.
The referee blows for offside against Jay Rodriguez. Free kick taken by Robert Green.
Thomas Hitzlsperger scores a goal from a long way out to the top left corner of the goal. West Ham 1-0 Burnley.The assist for the goal came from Scott Parker.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Thomas Hitzlsperger on Chris Eagles. Daniel Fox takes the free kick.
James Tomkins challenges Jay Rodriguez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Dean Marney takes the free kick.
Tyrone Mears is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Robert Green.
Drilled left-footed shot by Ross Wallace. Save by Robert Green. Jay Rodriguez takes a shot. Save by Robert Green. The referee blows for offside against Wade Elliott. Indirect free kick taken by Robert Green.
Jay Rodriguez takes a shot. Save by Robert Green. Corner taken by Ross Wallace from the right by-line, Michael Duff concedes a free kick for a foul on Lars Jacobsen. Free kick taken by Robert Green.
Scott Parker produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.
Corner taken by Ross Wallace, James Tomkins manages to make a clearance.
James Tomkins concedes a free kick for a foul on Jay Rodriguez. Clarke Carlisle takes the free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by Mark Noble, clearance by Clarke Carlisle.
Chris Eagles produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Ross Wallace from the right by-line, clearance made by James Tomkins.
Mark Noble takes a short corner.
Wade Elliott has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the target.
West Ham boss Avram Grant is expected to field a strong side for the FA Cup fifth-round home clash with Burnley match but admits a group of fringe players will get a chance to impress, mainly from the bench.
Benni McCarthy, who has been battling weight problems during a torrid 18-month spell at the club, had been tipped to start but he suffered a dead leg in a reserve match against Chelsea in midweek and could miss out.
Pacy 17-year-old striker Paul McCallum signed for West Ham from non-league Dulwich Hamlet on deadline day and has been tipped for greatness by Hammers co-chairman David Sullivan, who said his capture "could be the signing of the (transfer) window".
Grant admitted one "very young" player could feature against Burnley.
When asked if he was thinking of playing McCallum, the 56-year-old replied: "Maybe."
Grant has warned West Ham's rivals that the best is yet to come from in-form striker Demba Ba.
Ba completed his move to Upton Park from Hoffenheim last month after walking out on the German side, with whom he enjoyed two-and-a-half prolific seasons.
"He is a very good player. I followed him for a long time in the German league," Grant said.
"He always scored, he is always moving. It is very difficult to mark him and he hits the target. That is what you want from a striker. Those are the most important things for a striker - movement and being able to hit the target - and that is what he did against West Brom.
"I think they cleared off the line from him twice last week.
"He can play anywhere - right, left, behind. He is good and he is not in the best shape yet because he had a break from December 21 and we are building him slowly, slowly."
Grant will be hoping to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup for the third time as a manager tomorrow when the Hammers take on Eddie Howe's npower Championship side.
The Israeli made the last eight with Chelsea in 2008 and reached the final last season with Portsmouth before losing 1-0 to the Blues.
On both occasions his squad included a number of foreign footballers, and he insists that they understand the history and traditions associated with the competition as much as the home-grown players who grew up watching the competition in Britain.
"Demba is aware of the importance of the FA Cup, he knows about it," Grant said.
"Don't think only people in England know about the FA Cup."
Defender Clarke Carlisle insists Burnley have the attitude and aptitude required to cause an FA Cup upset.
The npower Championship side have looked resurgent under the guidance of Eddie Howe while West Ham languish in the Barclays Premier League relegation zone.
Carlisle is confident the Lancashire side have it within them to secure victory at Upton Park.
"There would be no point turning up to a game if you didn't have the belief you could win," Carlisle told Press Association Sport.
"And I think we have strong grounds for a belief. We are in good form at the minute, the squad is feeling confident. We have enough quality within our ranks to cause any team in the land a problem.
"We just need to make sure we produce that quality on the matchday and that defensively we're solid. If that happens, we'll be in with a fantastic shout."
Overall it has been a frustrating season for Burnley, whose indifferent form resulted in the departure of boss Brian Laws in December.
However, since former Bournemouth manager Howe arrived in mid-January, the Clarets have steadily risen up the Championship table and Carlisle acknowledges the 33-year-old's arrival has had a big impact.
"It is obviously giving the lads confidence and belief," he said.
"That shows in the run of form we're in and the way we have been able to churn out such good away performances, contrary to everyone's expectations. I think the biggest thing the gaffer has given us is direction.
"I felt we were a team that didn't know which way we wanted to go beforehand, but he has collared everyone and said, `This is the way we are going'.
"He said, `We're going to do things this way and you're either in or you're out' - and that is what I believe this squad needed. Let's hope everybody buys into it fully to make us successful."
With such confidence in the camp, the player who famously made a guest appearance on the BBC's Question Time last month believes a tilt at promotion back to the Premier League at the first attempt is still achievable.
Carlisle said: "Even in our spell of sporadic form we have always been in and around the play-off picture."
Hammers cruise through
Thomas Hitzlsperger was on target on his West Ham debut as Avram Grant's side shrugged off their relegation worries to book a place in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup with a clinical 5-1 hammering of Burnley.
The German, who had been out for six months with a thigh injury, opened the scoring with a 25-yard thunderbolt before Carlton Cole scored twice in three second-half minutes to put the Hammers in the driving seat.
The second of the England forward's strikes - a beautifully-taken half volley - was followed by Winston Reid's powerful header on the hour to make it 4-0.
An error by Robert Green gave Jay Rodriguez a consolation for the Clarets, but Grant's team scored again through Freddie Sears in injury time to seal the emphatic win and set up a quarter-final clash with Stoke.
For Grant, the match represented a chance to deflect attention from his side's lowly league position and make up in some part for his team's failure to make it to Wembley in the Carling Cup.
The Israeli was boosted by Hitzlsperger's return and he also handed starts to Freddie Sears and James Tomkins, who came in for Achilles injury victim Matthew Upson.
It had been reported that Upson would be out for the rest of the season but the Hammers captain allayed those fears by saying before kick-off that he expected to be back in training "very soon".
Burnley boss Eddie Howe brought in Wade Elliott for Chris Iwelumo.
Cole, who scored the equaliser in West Ham's six-goal thriller at West Brom last week, threatened early, racing onto Demba Ba's through-ball but Lee Grant came out to pick up the ball just in time.
Ross Wallace then whipped a beautiful ball over the top that set Rodriguez free. The England Under-21 man lifted the ball over the onrushing Green but Reid came to the stopper's rescue with a crucial clearance.
Green quickly made amends by superbly tipping over Rodriguez's lob.
The home crowd were beginning to get anxious as Burnley stroked the ball around the park with ease.
Their nerves were settled, however, when Hitzlsperger charged at the away defence and paused before unleashing a blistering 25-yard strike that flew past Grant to give the Hammers the lead.
Grant should have done more to keep it out but the midfielder did not care, running to the corner flag to celebrate with his team-mates.
The Hammers looked settled by the opener but the visitors soon reminded the Premier League side of their attacking threat when Green saved well down to his right from Chris Eagles' 25-yard drive.
Howe's team pressured the West Ham defence with a number of attempts as the half drew to a close but the Hammers defence stood strong, with Reid in particular doing well to stifle the pacy threat of Rodriguez.
Burnley came out after the break looking for an early equaliser but they were shocked by Cole's two strikes in the first five minutes of the second period.
Mark Noble threaded Cole through with a brilliant ball but the England striker dithered allowing Grant to come out attempt to dive for the ball.
Cole was given a second chance though as the ball came spun free and the 27-year-old swung his leg out to somehow stab the ball home whilst still laying on the floor.
Cole's first goal may have partly been down to luck, but there was nothing fortuitous about his second.
Noble played a long raking ball over the stationary Clarets back four, Cole raced on and dispatched a beautiful half-volley into the top left-hand corner of Grant's goal to make it 3-0 with 55 minutes on the clock.
Grant, who had remained sullen throughout the first half, afforded a smile as he watched his team look for a fourth goal and it soon came through Reid's just before the hour.
The New Zealand defender rose to head home a six-yard header from Hitzlsperger's corner.
Rodriguez was booked for a late challenge on Freddie Sears before Hitzlsperger departed to a rousing reception to be replaced by Pablo Barrera.
The away side pulled one back 12 minutes later when Green's careless clearance hit Tyrone Mears on the head inside the six-yard box and the ball fell to Rodriguez who nodded home into an empty net.
Cole was not given a chance to seal his hat-trick as he was replaced by Jonathan Spector with 15 minutes left.
Grant then had to be at his best to tip over Ba's fizzing 25-yard volley 10 minutes from the end.
That was the Senegalese's last contribution as he was replaced Frederic Piquionne with eight minutes remaining.
The Frenchman ballooned a 30-yard effort over the Burnley goal near the death as the Hammers looked for a fifth.
Reid then pulled off a fantastic goal-line clearance at the other end before Sears wrapped the win up with an 15-yard strike at the death.
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