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25 Aug 2009 22:00:00

Violence mars Hammers victory

Pitch invasions and violence between rival fans and police at Upton Park totally overshadowed West Ham's 3-1 Carling Cup second-round victory over Millwall. Neil Harris had given the visitors the lead but Junior Stanislas' equaliser that sent the tie into extra-time sparked ugly scenes as supporters poured over the advertising hoardings. Stanislas added another from the penalty spot, leading to Millwall players heading for the dressing room, before play got under way again and Zavon Hines added a third to seal victory at the end of a poisonous evening of hostility. Kenny Jackett's League One side, two divisions below the hosts, pushed their Barclays Premier League 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.


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