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Ryan Shawcross produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.
Victor Obinna has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
Victor Obinna fires in a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. West Ham 3-1 Stoke.Assist by Mark Noble.
Shot by Ryan Shawcross from outside the box goes over the target.
Shot on goal by Ryan Shawcross from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Marek Stech.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Higginbotham by Carlton Cole. Glenn Whelan restarts play with the free kick.
The official flags Carlton Cole offside. Asmir Begovic restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Jonathan Walters on Tal Ben-Haim, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Marek Stech.
Glenn Whelan takes the outswinging corner, Marek Stech makes a comfortable save.
Dean Whitehead gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mark Noble. Marek Stech takes the direct free kick.
Scott Parker takes a shot. Asmir Begovic makes a save.
Carlton Cole concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Shawcross. Free kick taken by Robert Huth.
Victor Obinna takes a shot. Robert Huth gets a block in. Short corner taken by Mark Noble from the left by-line.
Victor Obinna takes a shot. Blocked by Robert Huth. Corner taken short by Mark Noble.
Handball decision goes against Jonathan Walters. Direct free kick taken by Marek Stech.
Manuel da Costa gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box low into the middle of the goal. West Ham 2-1 Stoke.The assist for the goal came from Mark Noble.
Victor Obinna takes a short corner.
Foul by Ryan Shawcross on Carlton Cole, free kick awarded. Victor Obinna produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, Robert Huth gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rory Delap by Victor Obinna. Direct free kick taken by Dean Whitehead.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rory Delap by Tal Ben-Haim. Tal Ben-Haim goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Asmir Begovic restarts play with the free kick. Jonathan Walters gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Julien Faubert. Marek Stech restarts play with the free kick.
Victor Obinna has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide left of the goal.
Corner taken right-footed by Victor Obinna.
The ball is delivered by Pablo Barrera, Scott Parker scores a headed goal from close range. West Ham 1-1 Stoke.Assist on the goal came from Pablo Barrera.
Mark Noble takes a short corner.
Shot on goal by Mark Noble from just inside the area goes over the target.
Andy Wilkinson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Victor Obinna. Direct free kick taken by Mark Noble.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Valon Behrami by Danny Pugh. Mark Noble restarts play with the free kick.
Rory Delap on for Tuncay Sanli.
Victor Obinna takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic.
(West Ham) makes a substitution, with Valon Behrami coming on for Luis Boa Morte. Benni McCarthy leaves the field to be replaced by Mark Noble.
Short corner taken by Victor Obinna from the left by-line.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tuncay Sanli by Scott Parker. Free kick taken by Danny Higginbotham.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tal Ben-Haim by Tuncay Sanli. Marek Stech takes the free kick.
Victor Obinna comes on in place of Radoslav Kovac.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Manuel da Costa on Eidur Gudjohnsen. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Tuncay Sanli, clearance by James Tomkins.
Danny Pugh is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Julien Faubert restarts play with the free kick.
Scott Parker has an effort at goal from outside the box which misses left.
Tuncay Sanli takes a shot. Save by Marek Stech. Tuncay Sanli takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post.
Tuncay Sanli takes a shot. Save by Marek Stech. Corner taken by Tuncay Sanli played to the near post.
Tuncay Sanli takes a shot. Marek Stech makes a save. Corner taken by Tuncay Sanli played to the near post.
(Stoke) makes a substitution, with Eidur Gudjohnsen coming on for Kenwyne Jones.
Jermaine Pennant leaves the field to be replaced by Danny Pugh.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Pablo Barrera played to the near post, James Tomkins produces a headed effort from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Glenn Whelan takes a shot. Julien Faubert gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Jermaine Pennant, Luis Boa Morte makes a clearance.
Jermaine Pennant takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Carlton Cole makes a clearance.
Tal Ben-Haim challenges Andy Wilkinson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jermaine Pennant, clearance by James Tomkins.
Inswinging corner taken by Pablo Barrera from the left by-line, Manuel da Costa has a headed effort from close range and clears the crossbar.
Pablo Barrera takes a shot. Blocked by Robert Huth.
Scott Parker concedes a free kick for a foul on Glenn Whelan. Direct free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
Carlton Cole has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
Foul by James Tomkins on Kenwyne Jones, free kick awarded. Dean Whitehead restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dean Whitehead by Carlton Cole. Dean Whitehead takes the free kick.
Pablo Barrera takes a shot. Glenn Whelan gets a block in. Corner taken by Pablo Barrera, Close range headed effort by James Tomkins clears the crossbar.
Jermaine Pennant challenges Luis Boa Morte unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tal Ben-Haim restarts play with the free kick.
Effort on goal by Glenn Whelan from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.
Shot by Scott Parker from outside the box goes high over the target.
Tuncay Sanli produces a header from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tal Ben-Haim by Jermaine Pennant. Direct free kick taken by Marek Stech.
Jonathan Walters fouled by Pablo Barrera, the ref awards a free kick. Dean Whitehead restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Jermaine Pennant by Luis Boa Morte results in a free kick. Jermaine Pennant crosses the ball in from the free kick, Scott Parker gets a block in.
Pablo Barrera takes a shot from inside the box clearing the bar.
Dean Whitehead concedes a free kick for a foul on Luis Boa Morte. Scott Parker takes the free kick.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Tuncay Sanli. Marek Stech restarts play with the free kick.
Tuncay Sanli concedes a free kick for a foul on James Tomkins. Direct free kick taken by James Tomkins.
Inswinging corner taken by Jermaine Pennant, Kenwyne Jones fires in a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. West Ham 0-1 Stoke.Jermaine Pennant provided the assist for the goal.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Jermaine Pennant, Kenwyne Jones scores a headed goal from inside the box. West Ham 0-1 Stoke.The assist for the goal came from Jermaine Pennant.
Dean Whitehead concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott Parker. Free kick taken by Scott Parker.
Andy Wilkinson fouled by Luis Boa Morte, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Andy Wilkinson.
Jermaine Pennant concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott Parker. James Tomkins takes the direct free kick.
Foul by Kenwyne Jones on Radoslav Kovac, free kick awarded. Manuel da Costa restarts play with the free kick.
The match begins.
The whistle is blown to end the first half.
The referee starts the second half.
The whistle goes to signal the end of normal time, with extra time looming.
The second half of extra-time kicks-off.
The referee signals the end of extra time.
Grant seeks repeat performance
Avram Grant is hoping history repeats itself in more ways than one when West Ham face Stoke for a place in the Carling Cup quarter-finals.
Grant pits his wits against Potters boss Tony Pulis in the fourth round of the competition for the second straight year after managing Portsmouth to a 4-0 victory over the Staffordshire side last season.
More importantly, relegation-haunted Pompey took the confidence from that win into their next Barclays Premier League game against Wigan, who they thrashed by the same scoreline.
"It would be very nice to repeat that," said Grant, who is back under pressure at the rock-bottom Hammers after their five-match unbeaten run came to an end on Saturday.
"I remember the game well. It was three weeks after I arrived and it was a great game. After that, we also won a big game in the league and the football side improved."
That pattern has continued somewhat at Grant's new club, with West Ham following up last month's Carling Cup third-round win at Sunderland with their first league victory of the season against Tottenham.
Grant added: "The Carling Cup is important. We won at Sunderland in the last round and this gave us a big lift forward for the league. We played well against a difficult team and then won against Tottenham. We want to do the same again."
Grant is set to be without captain Matthew Upson and striker Frederic Piquionne, with both players going off injured against Newcastle.
"The medical department are doing their best to get as many players ready as possible," said Grant, who will introduce one or two fringe men to his squad.
"We have a few players that are coming back from injury and we need to protect them. It is not easy.
"We want to use them. It is difficult when you play two times a week but we will do the best we can."
Dean Whitehead is available for Stoke after completing a one-match suspension.
Midfielder Whitehead was banned for Sunday's 2-1 defeat to Manchester United having picked up his fifth booking of the campaign the previous weekend at Bolton.
Danny Collins is likely to miss out after sustaining an injury against United, while Tuncay Sanli, who came off the bench in that game to score the Potters' equaliser, and goalkeeper Asmir Begovic are set to be handed places in the starting line-up.
Ricardo Fuller could play some part despite a shoulder problem, but Marc Wilson is cup-tied having played for Portsmouth earlier in the competition.
Meanwhile, Tony Pulis insists he has no problem with Tuncay - but has challenged the forward to build upon his impressive cameo against United.
Reports suggested that, having been omitted from the squad to face Bolton in the Barclays Premier League earlier this month, the 28-year-old left the Reebok Stadium in a taxi just prior to kick-off.
Pulis has played down talk of a rift with the player, but wants to see Tuncay produce the kind of magic he did against United on a more regular basis.
"It was a great goal when we needed a bit of inspiration," Pulis told www.stokecityfc.com.
"He can produce things like that, but he needs to do that more often for us.
"People have asked me if there is a problem with Tunny; there isn't. He's as good as gold and he's a great lad to have around the place."
Tuncay has seen his chances limited at Stoke this term by the impact of new arrivals Kenwyne Jones and Jon Walters, and with Ricardo Fuller also in the mix up front, Pulis is delighted to see the competition for a starting berth heating up.
"It's vital that we have strength in depth and competition for places in all departments because it is very much a squad game," Pulis said.
"We have a good group of strikers here now capable of giving us more goals, but they have to take their chance when they are called up."
Subs on song for Hammers
West Ham's substitutes came to Avram Grant's rescue as they helped seal a place in the Carling Cup quarter-finals with a 2-1 extra-time victory over Stoke.
The Potters looked set to pile the pressure on Hammers boss Grant after the home side missed several chances to cancel out Kenwyne Jones' early opener at Upton Park.
But captain Scott Parker finally equalised with six minutes of normal time remaining before Manuel Da Costa and substitute Victor Obinna completed the turnaround.
Bottom of the Barclays Premier League, the Hammers looked set to crash out of the League Cup until the second-half introduction of Obinna, Mark Noble and Valon Behrami.
Grant was once again looking to use the competition to kick-start his side's season, while the visitors were keen to bounce back from two straight defeats.
Both sides reverted largely to their line-ups from the previous round, although the Hammers also handed Benni McCarthy his first start in more than seven months.
The South African had the first sniff of a chance in the fourth minute with an air shot from Carlton Cole's knockdown but Stoke took the lead just two minutes later, Jones rising to power home Jermaine Pennant's corner.
The home side were demonstrating the defending that had seen them keep just one clean sheet in the league this term, though they went close to levelling in the 13th minute when Cole diverted Pablo Barrera's wayward strike just over the bar.
The lively Cole sent a weak long-range header at Asmir Begovic, while Tuncay got plenty of power but not quite enough accuracy on his effort at the other end.
Tal Ben Haim almost sold goalkeeper Marek Stech short with a backpass with Jones lurking and then incredibly almost gifted the ball to the striker again moments later.
Hammers defender James Tomkins did nod a Barrera corner over the crossbar but Stoke were looking increasingly dangerous on the break and Danny Higginbotham's cross was just too high for Jones to connect with properly.
Like Jones, Cole was looking sharp and a fabulous turn almost saw him equalise but he could not keep down what was a difficult left-foot finish.
There was no such excuse for strike partner McCarthy two minutes before the break when Cole put the ball on a plate only to see the South African produce another air shot.
Glenn Whelan saw a dangerous 20-yard shot deflected behind as Stoke regained control of the match at the start of the second half.
Last-gasp challenges were then needed at both ends as the intensity soared and West Ham should have levelled in the 54th minute when Begovic flapped at Barrera's corner and Tomkins put a diving header just wide.
Stoke immediately brought off Pennant for Danny Pugh, shortly followed by Jones for Eidur Gudjohnsen.
Stech turned behind Tuncay's half-volley from the tightest of angles and Parker - once again carrying West Ham almost single-handedly at times - flashed wide from 25 yards.
Under-pressure Hammers boss Avram Grant threw on Obinna for Radoslav Kovac in the 64th minute.
The home side began to crank up the pressure and Grant made more changes when he withdrew Luis Boa Morte and McCarthy - to ironic cheers - for Behrami and Noble.
Obinna immediately forced an athletic parry from Begovic with a 20-yard curler before Stoke shored up their midfield by bringing on Rory Delap for Tuncay.
Cole appealed in vain for an 81st-minute penalty after a coming together with Robert Huth, whose defensive partner Ryan Shawcross was then adjudged to have made the perfect last-gasp tackle on Julien Faubert, much to the home fans' fury.
It mattered not as Parker equalised six minutes from time, nodding home Barrera's inswinging cross from close range and ultimately sending the game into extra-time.
And West Ham completed the turnaround six minutes into the extra period thanks to brilliant work by Noble coupled with appalling Stoke defending.
The midfielder was allowed to burst into the box unchallenged and run along the byline before cutting the ball back for Manuel da Costa - on bail until December on suspicion of sexual and common assault - to rifle home his first goal of the season.
Obinna, who had made a real impact from the bench, was narrowly wide from 20 yards, while Parker was only able to cap a fine run into the area with a weak finish after the change of ends.
Dean Whitehead should have equalised when he blazed over after Jon Walters got away with an aerial challenge on Stech before Obinna sealed victory two minutes from time upon being played clean through by Noble.
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