Trouble mars Hammers win

25 August 2009 10:49
// A bit of a hack but it works// The article snippet is wrapped onto a second line, even when #article-sub is emptyif( $("div#article-sub").children().length == 0 ) {$("div#article-sub").remove();} West Ham United beat Millwall 3-1 after extra time in the Carling Cup second round, but the match was marred by trouble inside and outside Upton Park.

Violence flared outside the stadium before kick-off, while there were several pitch invasions as the Premier League club avoided a cup upset.

Neil Harris put Millwall ahead in the first half before Junior Stanislas equalised three minutes from time to spark an invasion from home fans.

Stanislas converted a penalty in extra time, which led to Millwall's players briefly heading off the pitch, before Zavon Hines secured the win as fans flooded on to the pitch again at the final whistle.

Kenny Jackett's League One side, two divisions below the hosts, pushed their opponents all the way despite only being able to name four substitutes due to an injury crisis - but the focus will inevitably be on the trouble in and around the ground.

One man was stabbed in the chest near the stadium among the chaos, with a number of arrests made for disorder and breaches of banning orders.

Instead of talk being of Jack Collison bravely declaring himself ready to play despite his father dying in a motorcycle accident on Sunday, there were concerns at kick-off of the trouble that led to a tube delay and empty seats.

Fans taunted each other, with many of them concentrating on their rival supporters rather than the action on the pitch. That was until Harris opened the scoring in the 26th minute for the visitors.

Scott Barron had launched a long throw into the area which Danny Gabbidon, making his first appearance in 18 months, failed to clear. Harris tucked away the finish when the ball fell invitingly.

Faubert furiousIt could have got better for Millwall when Alan Dunne raided forward down the right and exchanged passes with Gary Alexander - but Robert Green was down sharply to smother the full-back when he was through on goal.

At the other end, Julien Faubert was furious with the assistant referee for not flagging for a penalty after David Martin hauled him down on the edge of the area, with play allowed to continue.

It was the closest West Ham had come to Millwall's goal in the first half, until Scott Parker went on a surging run and fired over the crossbar from the edge of the area.

The Hammers struck the woodwork just after the break. A cross was partially cleared and fell to Collison, who took a touch before clattering the post with his finish, with Millwall goalkeeper David Forde not offering a dive.

Carlton Cole forged a promising effort for himself after muscling his way past Andy Frampton before cutting inside - but his finish was wayward.

It was a case of Millwall holding on as West Ham looked to attack. Gianfranco Zola's response was to bring on Frank Nouble for Radoslav Kovac to give Cole more support, with Hines also introduced to add pace.

The visitors provided a threat on the counter attack and Marc Laird just missed the angle of post and crossbar with a 25-yard effort.

Chris Hackett also went close when he tried his luck from long range, with Green required to tip over the crossbar.

There was trouble between fans and police in West Ham areas of the stadium towards the latter stages of the tie as fans tried to encroach on the pitch.

Stanislas' leveller, clipping in Nouble's cross with three minutes remaining, sparked a pitch invasion and more violent scenes, before stewards and police cleared the playing surface.

In extra time, Hines' cross led to Frampton handling and referee Paul Taylor pointing to the spot, with his assistant flagging for the offence.

Stanislas tucked away the penalty, leading to more bedlam among fans.

Hines raced through, using his pace to beat Frampton, and finished into the top corner for the third.

Source: SKY_Sports


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