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  • Date:24 Aug 2010
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:Upton Park
Goal!

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The referee brings the game to a close.

92:51 +2.51

Scott Parker finds the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. West Ham 1-0 Oxford Utd.Assist on the goal came from Frederic Piquionne.

89:17

Simon Clist gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Benni McCarthy. Shot comes in from Mark Noble from the free kick.

87:51

Benni McCarthy is ruled offside. Ryan Clarke takes the free kick.

86:05

Unfair challenge on Simon Heslop by Scott Parker results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Clarke.

85:23

Matthew Green replaces Alfie Potter.

83:34

Pablo Barrera takes a shot. Blocked by Richie Baker.

81:37

Asa Hall takes a shot. Save by Marek Stech.

80:30

The referee blows for offside against James Constable. Indirect free kick taken by Marek Stech.

79:34

Scott Parker takes a shot. Save by Ryan Clarke.

78:11

Carlton Cole takes a shot. Save by Ryan Clarke.

77:31

Freddie Sears leaves the field to be replaced by Benni McCarthy.

76:50

Corner taken left-footed by Simon Clist, Frederic Piquionne makes a clearance.

74:46

Carlton Cole has an effort at goal from 12 yards. Jake Wright gets a block in.

70:45

Outswinging corner taken by Mark Noble, Headed effort from inside the area by Frederic Piquionne misses to the right of the goal.

69:31

Shot from inside the area by Freddie Sears clears the bar. Richie Baker on for Dannie Bulman.

68:47

Pablo Barrera produces a drilled left-footed shot from 20 yards. Simon Clist gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Mark Noble from the right by-line, Jake Wright manages to make a clearance.

66:06

The ball is sent over by Anthony Tonkin, Jonathan Spector makes a clearance. Inswinging corner taken by Simon Clist from the right by-line.

64:43

Harry Worley produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.

61:01

Effort from deep inside the area by Mark Noble misses to the right of the target. Carlton Cole comes on in place of Junior Stanislas.

60:18

Frederic Piquionne takes a shot. Save by Ryan Clarke.

56:56

Foul by Simon Heslop on Jonathan Spector, free kick awarded. Simon Heslop goes into the referee's book. Tal Ben-Haim takes the free kick.

56:05

The assistant referee signals for offside against Pablo Barrera. Indirect free kick taken by Ryan Clarke.

55:44

Simon Heslop concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott Parker. Scott Parker restarts play with the free kick.

55:00

Frederic Piquionne is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Ryan Clarke.

54:04

Mark Noble gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dannie Bulman. Dannie Bulman takes the direct free kick.

53:39

Frederic Piquionne challenges Dannie Bulman unfairly and gives away a free kick. Harry Worley takes the free kick.

52:46

Frederic Piquionne has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

51:08

Effort from outside the penalty box by Simon Heslop goes wide right of the goal.

50:06

Mark Noble takes the outswinging corner, Foul by James Tomkins on James Constable, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Clarke.

49:29

Anthony Tonkin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Pablo Barrera. Pablo Barrera takes 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

Simon Clist is brought on as a substitute for Mitchell Cole.

44:14

Shot from just outside the box by Pablo Barrera goes over the crossbar.

43:18

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Mark Noble from the left by-line, clearance made by Jake Wright.

41:12

Asa Hall takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save by Marek Stech. Outswinging corner taken by Mitchell Cole, 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. Mark Noble takes a short corner.

36:30

Corner from the right by-line taken by Mark Noble, Harry Worley makes a clearance.

35:40

James Constable gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Tomkins. James Tomkins takes the free kick.

33:50

Julien Faubert produces a cross, Header from close in by Frederic Piquionne misses to the left of the goal.

28:53

The assistant referee flags for offside against James Constable. James Tomkins takes the direct free kick.

27:19

Junior Stanislas produces a drilled right-footed shot from 25 yards. Blocked by Dannie Bulman. Inswinging corner taken by Mark Noble from the left by-line, clearance by Harry Worley.

26:59

Simon Heslop challenges Jonathan Spector unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by James Tomkins.

25:52

Outswinging corner taken by Mark Noble from the right by-line played to the near post, Frederic Piquionne takes a shot.

24:22

Jake Wright gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Frederic Piquionne. Direct free kick taken by Mark Noble.

24:00

Alfie Potter takes a shot. Save by Marek Stech.

22:31

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alfie Potter by Jonathan Spector. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Clarke.

18:43

The assistant referee flags for offside against James Constable. Indirect free kick taken by Scott Parker.

16:43

Shot from outside the box by Junior Stanislas misses to the left of the target.

15:51

James Constable takes a shot. Save by Marek Stech.

10:01

The referee blows for offside. Ryan Clarke takes the free kick.

5:25

Scott Parker takes a long range shot harmlessly clearing the crossbar.

0:46

Frederic Piquionne has an effort at goal. Ryan Clarke makes a fantastic save. Corner taken right-footed by Mark Noble from the right by-line, Header on goal by Pablo Barrera from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

The referee starts the match.

The match has reached half-time.

The referee gets the second half underway.

Match Preview

Grant ponders defensive changes Manuel Da Costa and summer signing Tal Ben Haim could come into the West Ham defence for Tuesday night's Carling Cup tie against Oxford. Hammers boss Avram Grant is anxious for West Ham to tighten up at the back after conceding six times in their first two games of the season. Matthew Upson is doubtful after suffering a blow to the face in Saturday's defeat by Bolton while midfielders Thomas Hitzlsperger and Valon Behrami are still sidelined. Winston Reid views the game as an opportunity for West Ham to belatedly kick-start their season. The New Zealand international, who starred at the World Cup, has started life in the Barclays Premier League on the wrong end of successive heavy defeats to Aston Villa and Bolton. Reid, 22, may know very little about League Two side Oxford, having only moved to West Ham earlier this month from Danish club FC Midtjylland - but the target is crystal clear. West Ham need a morale-boosting victory ahead of next Saturday's league trip to Manchester United. "We haven't had the best start to the season - two games and no points. It's most important that we win," said Reid. "We have to go out to win all those cups because it's a chance to win a trophy." Oxford are likely to be without Damian Batt. Batt was injured by Kevin Betsy's heavy challenge in Saturday's 0-0 draw at Wycombe and limped out after 11 minutes. The knock on his ankle means he is a major doubt, so manager Chris Wilder is likely to call on Ben Purkiss to fill in at right-back. Wilder also has concerns over striker Matthew Green, another player to be forced off during the weekend's visit to Adams Park. Green sustained a dead leg and is only rated as 50-50 for the game at Upton Park. Alfie Potter and Mitchell Cole are on standby to come into the U's three-pronged attack, alongside James Constable and Jack Midson.

Formation:442Manager: Avram Grant

West Ham

Formation: 442Manager: Chris Wilder

Oxford Utd

  • Marek Stech
  • Julien Faubert
  • James Tomkins
  • Jonathan Spector
  • Tal Ben-Haim
  • Pablo Barrera
  • Scott Parker
  • Mark Noble
  • Junior Stanislas
  • Freddie Sears
  • Frederic Piquionne
  • SUBS
  • Robert Green
  • Carlton Cole
  • Luis Boa Morte
  • Radoslav Kovac
  • Benni McCarthy
  • Manuel da Costa
  • Herita Ilunga

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Match Report

Parker late show spares Hammers blushes Scott Parker came up with a winner deep into stoppage time to spare West Ham Carling Cup humiliation and earn a 1-0 win. Parker smashed home Frederic Piquionne's cross but 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 point-less after two games this season in the Premier League and they are struggling for fire power. Their next two games are against Manchester United and Chelsea and on this showing more humiliation could be in store. The truth is the result was harsh on Oxford who for long periods of this match matched their top-flight opponents, so much so that it was difficult to determine who were the big-time team. It was the same old story from West Ham. Lots of neat passing and fluid movement but no real penetration. They had made six changes from the team which lost to Bolton at the weekend. Marek Stech took over from Robert Green in goal and defender Tal Ben Haim, on loan from Portsmouth and once of Chelsea, was handed his debut. Scott Parker and Mark Noble, however, were retained in midfield and they ensured that the Hammers had most of the possession. But it is one thing passing the ball about in pretty patterns, quite another doing it with penetration. Piquionne was one of the culprits. He 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 West Ham's problems. Not direct enough. Too little fire power. The first half was all huff and puff and no end product, unless we count the boos which rained down on the team at half-time. It could have been worse because Oxford 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. Captain James Constable and Asa 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, West Ham driving forward but too often without conviction or creativity. Grant was forced to throw on Carlton Cole for Junior Stanislas in the 62nd minute in a bid to give his side more fire power. But take nothing away from Oxford. They were magnificent when you consider that they had spent four seasons in the Conference, had battled financial problems and only returned to the Football League in May. They have a healthy future in front of them if this is anything to go by. They 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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