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Manchester City defeat West Ham to reach Capital One Cup final – video

Manuel Pellegrini says gives his reaction after Manchester City reached the Capital One Cup final for the first time in 38 years

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West Ham 0-3 Manchester City (agg 0-9) | League Cup semi-final 2nd leg

Sam Allardyce had mused after West Ham United’s Capital One Cup quarter-final win at Tottenham Hotspur, in the knowledge that it would be Manchester City next, that the competition’s format had a flaw. “It is a shame,” the West Ham manager said, “that the semi-final cannot be over one leg.” He suggested that West Ham might have a chance if that one-off tie were at Upton Park. The events here did little to strengthen the hypothesis. Yes, this semi-final was already…

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Manchester City will let Joleon Lescott go if replacement is found

• West Ham United and Fulham competing for defender • Manuel Pellegrini linked to Porto pair and Bayern’s Dante Joleon Lescott will be allowed to leave Manchester City before the end of the transfer window if Manuel Pellegrini can secure a replacement, with West Ham United and Fulham vying to sign the central defender. A £90,000-a-week offer from West Ham to Lescott that would pay him £70,000 per week, even…

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Stevan Jovetic set to return for Manchester City in West Ham cup tie

• Forward has not played since October because of injury • He is likely to come on as a substitute against West Ham Stevan Jovetic should return for Manchester City after a hamstring problem in the Capital One Cup semi-final second leg at West Ham United on Tuesday evening, with Manuel Pellegrini admitting the striker is frustrated due to his miserable luck with injuries. After signing from Fiorentina last summer for £22m Jovetic’s City …

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West Ham to complain over alleged Fulham ‘tapping up’ of Ravel Morrison

• Officials unhappy over comments from Fulham manager • Rene Meulensteen said: ‘The player wants to come here’ West Ham have issued a complaint to the Premier League alleging Fulham have “tapped up” Ravel Morrison. The club have been angered by comments made on Tuesday by the Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen after his side’s win over Norwich – Meulensteen telling reporters that an initial bid for Morrison had been “knocked back”, but that a higher offer may …

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West Ham’s Ravel Morrison is transfer target for Cardiff City

• Bid of £5m-plus could tempt Hammers • Bluebirds face competition from Fulham Cardiff City are interested in signing Ravel Morrison from West Ham United, though they face competition from Fulham for the midfielder’s signature. The 20-year-old is open to either option, due to his Manchester United connections with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and René Meulensteen, the managers of the respective clubs. Morrison has 18 months left on a contract that currently earns him £15,000 a week. Should West…

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West Ham and Cardiff reverse roles and swap places in relegation zone

• Hammers win gives Sam Allardyce much-needed lift • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side sink into bottom three The wheel of fortune turns, making nonsense of the rush to judgment that sees so many managers sacked with indecent haste in an era when they are lucky to last two years. A week ago Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was Cardiff’s messiah and Sam Allardyce a prat after the novice Norwegian’s first game in charge…

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From the Observer archive, 10 January 1971: George Best and Bobby Moore – peas in a pod?

Both players made headlines for the wrong reasons, but the parallels end there Bobby Moore and George Best have so much in common, especially in a week when their crass misdemeanours have forced them to share embarrassing headlines, that many people will fail to identify the vast dissimilarities in their natures. This is a pity, for it can only encourage the gloating of those who are always anxious to tell us that professional footballers are uncouth louts who…

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Sam Allardyce gains respite from West Ham’s win at Cardiff

• Sam Allardyce sees 10-man West Ham see off Cardiff • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer unhappy with side’s first-half display West Ham ended their traumatic week with a 2-0 win at Cardiff that lifted them out of the bottom three in the Premier League, easing the pressure on Sam Allardyce, their embattled manager. Allardyce declined to speak to the media after the match, leaving his assistant, Neil McDonald, to say how pleased they both were with the spirit …

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Cardiff City 0-2 West Ham United | Premier League match report

Sam Allardyce and his team, beaten in five of their previous six matches, took the lead just before half-time through Carlton Cole, then gutsily withstood Cardiff’s second half pressure, even after James Tomkins had been sent off. By way of reward the 10 men scored a second, through Mark Noble, in added time The result leaves Cardiff deeper in trouble, with just one win in their last 11 league matches. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had his new signing, Magnus Eikrem…

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West Ham United’s Sam Allardyce: ‘I’m still here’ – video

Sam Allardyce dismisses speculation that he is about to be sacked from his job as West Ham United manager

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West Ham’s travelling fans call on Sam Allardyce to go after 6-0 thrashing

• Manchester City result prompts fury from away supporters • Manager accepts job is in danger if current form continues West Ham United fans vented their fury at Sam Allardyce during their team’s 6-0 hammering at Manchester City – by singing obscene chants inviting him to leave his job. While Allardyce accepted that the invective was understandable given the terrible Capital One Cup semi-final first-leg result, the 59-year-old risked angering supporters further by suggesting the…

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Capital One Cup: Manchester City v West Ham United – in pictures

Will Big Sam’s side put their FA Cup upset behind them to put one over on Manchester City to take a huge step towards the final at Wembley? Steven Bloor

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Internazionale’s Ishak Belfodil remains a target for West Ham United

• Delegation in Milan to hold talks with Inter • Loan deal for the Algerian has been agreed in principle West Ham United have not given up hope of persuading Internazionale’s young forward Ishak Belfodil to join on loan for the remainder of the season after agreeing a deal in principle with the Italian club. A delegation has been in Milan to hold talks with Inter’s hierarchy, but they must now discuss the move with the 21-year…

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Sam Allardyce knows he must inspire an upturn at West Ham

• ‘We know what happens if you don’t get results as a manager’ • Manager realistic despite show of support by joint chairmen Sam Allardyce has conceded his future as West Ham United’s manager hinges on instigating an immediate upturn in results, despite the show of support offered by the club’s joint chairmen before Wednesday’s Capital One Cup semi-final against Manchester City. David Sullivan and David Gold had reacted to Sunday’s thrashing by the Championship club Nottingham…

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Sam Allardyce happy with support from West Ham United board – video

Sam Allardyce speaks after terrible recent string of results which leaves the club in the bottom three of the Premier League

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Sam Allardyce ‘pleased’ with support shown by West Ham’s co-chairmen

• ‘I wasn’t backed by last two and got sacked for no reason’ • Hammers prepare for cup semi-final at Manchester City Sam Allardyce is happy with the strong backing he has had from the West Ham co-chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold despite the club’s plight, 19th in the table and thrashed 5-0 by Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup third round on Sunday. But Sullivan and Gold issued an open letter to West Ham’s fans backing Allardyce’s position and the 59-year-old, who will take …

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Nottingham Forest 5-0 West Ham | FA Cup match report

Hat-trick hero Jamie Paterson and the captain Andy Reid expressed their delight at helping Nottingham Forest reach the fourth round of the FA Cup after demolishing West Ham. Sam Allardyce raised eyebrows by making nine changes to his West Ham side against tricky Championship opposition, and his decision backfired as the hosts ran riot. While Djamel Abdoun’s 12th-minute penalty and Reid’s strike at the death bookended the scoring, it was Paterson who stole the…

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Nottingham Forest v West Ham United – live! | Jacob Steinberg

Minute-by-minute report: Can Nottingham Forest beat West Ham in the third round of the FA Cup? Find out with Jacob Steinberg Jacob Steinberg

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Stewart Downing insists Sam Allardyce can rescue West Ham’s season

Winger says the club have been ‘very unlucky’ and that the manager retains the players’ full support For West Ham and Stewart Downing, Sunday’s FA Cup meeting with Nottingham Forest provides some welcome relief from recent woes. The Hammers have secured two points out of a possible 21 in the Premier League since the beginning of December, so the prospect of a match against Championship opposition, however tricky, at least represents an…

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Sam Allardyce and West Ham need a Mark Robins FA Cup moment at Forest | Daniel Taylor

Twenty-three years ago Alex Ferguson was rescued by a third-round win at the City Ground. Sam Allardyce – 19th in the Premier League – badly needs a lift as his excuses ring hollow Sam Allardyce’s position might not be quite as endangered as Alex Ferguson’s before that famous FA Cup third-round tie at Nottingham Forest in January 1990 but there is also some fairly hard evidence that West Ham United’s manager is at a point in his professional life when he…

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Sam Allardyce: no crisis at West Ham, but plenty of ‘doom and gloom’

• West Ham have lost seven of their last 10 league games • ‘It’s a tough period, no doubt about it,’ says Allardyce Sam Allardyce has dismissed suggestions West Ham United are in crisis, despite admitting that there is “doom and gloom” around the club following a disappointing run of form. There has been speculation that the manager’s job is at risk since the 2-1 defeat at Fulham on New Year’s Day left the…

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Everton’s John Heitinga rejects chance to join West Ham in World Cup year

• Defender confident of other suitors to improve Brazil hopes • ‘You have to be convinced that you are taking the right step’ John Heitinga has turned down a move from Everton to West Ham United, saying he felt it was not the right step for his career. The defender’s place at the World Cup in Brazil this June is at risk because he has not played in the league this season but the 30-year-old is confident he will find another new club during this month’s transfer …

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Fulham 2-1 West Ham United | Premier League match report

West Ham’s relegation worries deepened as they sunk to a deserved defeat at fellow strugglers Fulham after their captain, Kevin Nolan, was sent off in the first half for kicking out at Fernando Amorebieta. Sam Allardyce’s side had taken an early lead thanks to Mohamed Diamé but Steve Sidwell equalised for the hosts before Nolan’s inexcusable folly left the already weakened visitors at a numerical disadvantage. Fulham, who were superior even before the red card, dominated the rest of the game and secured victory with a goal from Dimitar Berbatov…

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West Ham United 3-3 West Bromwich Albion | Premier League match report

Come the end of this utterly absorbing contest, any doubts over West Ham’s capacity to score goals had disappeared, yet what remains real enough is the sense that this is a club in serious danger of being relegated. Six goals were scored, three by the hosts, and having lost the lead twice West Ham remain in the Premier League’s bottom three. It is now six games without a victory for Sam Allardyce’s men and for all the rare entertainment that was on show in this corner of east …

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Sam Allardyce wants two signings ready-made for relegation fight

• West Ham seek Premier League experience in January • ‘My concern is to make sure they can hit the ground running’ Sam Allardyce wants two new signings in January to make an immediate impact on West Ham United’s increasingly fraught battle against relegation. The manager suggested that players with Premier League experience would be the priority but he would also welcome those with big reputations from overseas. He remembers how the mid-season capture of Youri Djorkaeff had helped to save his Bolton Wanderers team in…

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