League Cup - Second Round
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Sheffield United win 5-4 on penalties

West Ham United 1-1 Sheffield United (4-5 on pens)

Sheffield United reached the FA Cup semi-final last season, beating a number of top-flight sides on the way

Premier League West Ham were knocked out of the Capital One Cup at home as League One Sheffield United won on penalties to reach the third round.

The Hammers took the lead in the first half when Diafra Sakho headed in.

Sheffield United levelled when Winston Reid diverted a cross into his own net.

Neither side could find a winner in extra time and the game went to penalties, where Enner Valencia's spot-kick was saved and Michael Doyle converted to send the Blades through.

This was the first meeting of the two sides since Sheffield United were relegated from the Premier League in 2007, largely thanks to Carlos Tevez's goals keeping West Ham up instead.

However, it was later discovered Tevez's signing by the Hammers broke the rules on third-party ownership.

The Premier League fined West Ham £5.5m and, after the Sheffield club unsuccessfully appealed to be reinstated to the league with West Ham relegated, a two-year legal wrangle ended with an out-of-court settlement reported to be in excess of £20m paid as compensation to the Blades.

Sheffield United goalkeeper Mark Howard kept out Enner Valencia's spot-kick

For much of the first half the two sets of fans occupied themselves with baiting each other over that issue, with chances on the pitch few and far between.

Ecuador striker Valencia, making his first start for West Ham since joining from Mexican club Pachuca in a £12m deal, was particularly guilty of missing a number of opportunities.

He has been building up his fitness since his participation in this summer's World Cup and still lacks sharpness, spurning a great chance to open his account when he was put through by Mohamed Diame, only to shoot straight at United goalkeeper Mark Howard.

It was left to another new arrival at West Ham to open the scoring when Sakho flicked home a long ball into the box.

But the Blades were level in fortuitous circumstances midway through the second half when a cross eluded striker Marc McNulty and instead hit Reid to deflect into the net with goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen wrong-footed.

Stewart Downing went close with a fierce strike for West Ham but chances dried up as the game drifted towards extra time and eventually penalties.

Both sides successfully scored their first four spot kicks but Valencia's effort was denied by Howard, allowing Blades skipper Doyle to step up and seal the win.

Sheffield United travel to Leyton Orient in the third round.

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce:

"We have lost on penalties at the end of the day.

"The fans know we should've won the game. We haven't been outplayed by Sheffield United, they made life difficult for us by playing that defensive unit. That is well within their rights when they come here.

"We opened them up time and time again with patient, good quality football, but at the end of the day the end product deserted us - in the main due to their goalkeeper."

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough:

"Keeper Mark Howard has been in great form so far this season.

"We have made him number one and we are delighted - he is from down here and had family and friends here.

"It is the first time this season we have looked like a team. We are not close to where we want to be but this is positive."

Line-ups

West Ham

  • 22Jääskeläinen
  • 20Demel
  • 2Reid
  • 32Burke
  • 33Potts
  • 14MorrisonBooked at 36minsSubstituted forNobleat 98'minutes
  • 21Diamé
  • 23Poyet
  • 12Vaz TeSubstituted forZárateat 79'minutes
  • 31E Valencia
  • 15SakhoSubstituted forDowningat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Zárate
  • 11Downing
  • 16Noble
  • 34Spiegel
  • 35Oxford
  • 36Lee
  • 37Page

Sheff Utd

  • 1Howard
  • 2Alcock
  • 15Collins
  • 17McGahey
  • 3HarrisSubstituted forMcEveleyat 73'minutes
  • 6Basham
  • 8DoyleBooked at 90mins
  • 16Davies
  • 11BaxterSubstituted forJ Wallaceat 100'minutes
  • 7FlynnSubstituted forCampbell-Ryceat 84'minutes
  • 12McNulty

Substitutes

  • 4J Wallace
  • 9Murphy
  • 19McEveley
  • 20Campbell-Ryce
  • 21Higdon
  • 22Reed
  • 24Turner
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
28,930

Match Stats

Home TeamWest HamAway TeamSheff Utd
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home23
Away13
Shots on Target
Home10
Away2
Corners
Home10
Away8
Fouls
Home18
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, West Ham United 1(4), Sheffield United 1(5).

Penalties over

Penalty Shootout ends, West Ham United 1(4), Sheffield United 1(5).

Goal!

Goal! West Ham United 1(4), Sheffield United 1(5). Michael Doyle (Sheffield United) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.
Penalty saved! Enner Valencia (West Ham United) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! West Ham United 1(4), Sheffield United 1(4). Jay McEveley (Sheffield United) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the top left corner.

Goal!

Goal! West Ham United 1(4), Sheffield United 1(3). Diego Poyet (West Ham United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Goal!

Goal! West Ham United 1(3), Sheffield United 1(3). Marc McNulty (Sheffield United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! West Ham United 1(3), Sheffield United 1(2). Mauro Zárate (West Ham United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the high centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! West Ham United 1(2), Sheffield United 1(2). Neill Collins (Sheffield United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

Goal!

Goal! West Ham United 1(2), Sheffield United 1(1). Stewart Downing (West Ham United) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! West Ham United 1(1), Sheffield United 1(1). Ben Davies (Sheffield United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

Goal!

Goal! West Ham United 1(1), Sheffield United 1. Mark Noble (West Ham United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalties in progress

Penalty Shootout begins West Ham United 1, Sheffield United 1.
Second Half Extra Time ends, West Ham United 1, Sheffield United 1.
Foul by Diego Poyet (West Ham United).
Chris Basham (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Reece Burke (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Ben Davies (Sheffield United).
Attempt saved. Enner Valencia (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Enner Valencia (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Chris Basham (Sheffield United).
Attempt missed. Stewart Downing (West Ham United) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.
Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Jay McEveley.
Attempt missed. Neill Collins (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right following a corner.
Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Mohamed Diamé.
Attempt blocked. Stewart Downing (West Ham United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Attempt blocked. Mark Noble (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Attempt blocked. Mauro Zárate (West Ham United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Mark Howard.
Mohamed Diamé (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Craig Alcock (Sheffield United).
Second Half Extra Time begins West Ham United 1, Sheffield United 1.
First Half Extra Time ends, West Ham United 1, Sheffield United 1.
Attempt saved. Diego Poyet (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Attempt missed. Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.
Attempt saved. Craig Alcock (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Winston Reid.
Attempt blocked. Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Attempt missed. Stewart Downing (West Ham United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. James Wallace replaces Jose Baxter.
Attempt blocked. Enner Valencia (West Ham United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.
Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Ben Davies.

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United. Mark Noble replaces Ravel Morrison.
Attempt blocked. Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Foul by Mauro Zárate (West Ham United).
Michael Doyle (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Diego Poyet (West Ham United).
Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Mauro Zárate (West Ham United).
Michael Doyle (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
First Half Extra Time begins West Ham United 1, Sheffield United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, West Ham United 1, Sheffield United 1.
Foul by Winston Reid (West Ham United).
Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Michael Doyle (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card.
Ricardo Vaz Te (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Michael Doyle (Sheffield United).
Attempt blocked. Ben Davies (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Attempt blocked. Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Foul by Mohamed Diamé (West Ham United).
Jay McEveley (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.
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