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16 January 2018

Marcus Braddock looks ahead to the Emirate FA Cup trip to West Ham

It's cup time and if anyone thinks we seem to be in the cup every other game they're correct and by the time we play our Football League Trophy game next week it will have been four in seven. Tonight sees Shrewsbury Town down in the smoke at the Olympic Park against the Hammers and with three thousand Salopians in attendance it's a big night. In the time since the original game at Montgomery Waters Meadow, Town have played two won one and lost one whilst United have won once at Huddersfield in a 4-1 win on Saturday. This is the Hammers first home game since they beat West Brom four games ago and the first of three games at home in seven days.

The Manager

Many of us will remember David Moyes from his time here as a player in the 1990's, my memory is of a committed, battler who could also play a bit. His history as a manager is pretty well known, he started with Preston, made his name with Everton and showed courage in taking on Manchester United at one of the most difficult times in their recent history. In the end, his 52 games with United may not have been anywhere near enough to sort things out but the pressure intensified the situation and they parted company. 

His move to Spain and Real Sociedad looked a good one at the time, a fresh challenge and all that but patchy form saw him leave after just a year. A season at Sunderland followed, another courageous decision but like a few others, he wasn't able to sort out the problems at the Stadium of Light in the short time given. His appointment at West Ham could end up a good one, he has good backing, a broad supporter base and a new stadium in the Olympic park.

Top Scorers (cup goals in brackets)

Marko Arnautovic 5
Javier Hernandez 4
Andre Ayew 3 (3)
Diafra Sakho 2 (2)

Assists

Manuel Lanzini 5
Aaron Creswell 4

Clean Sheets

Six in twenty-two Premier League games, two of which came from away games. Two from four League cup games.

Goal Distribution (Premier League games only)

The Hammers have only played ten home games this season compared to thirteen played away and based on those ten games, the first 45 minutes of games have been the poorer with 25% of their goals scored and 60% of their goals conceded. The second half is much better with two goals scored in the first fifteen minutes, three in the second and four in the third

Referee - Jeremy Simpson from Lancashire. Games this season: 26. Yellow Cards: 110. Red Cards: 5.
Assistants: Ian Hussin and Akil Howson.
Fourth Official: James Linington

Squad News

Andy Carroll and Chicharito both look set to miss out for West Ham with the latter being sent home from training because of illness yesterday.

Town have no new injury worries.

Summary

Here we go again then, yet another big game in a season of big games. West Ham are favourites for a reason, they've been playing some decent football since David Moyes hit his stride and with home advantage it's difficult to see us pulling it off. We need a big performance if we want to progress but we know they can do that. I'm pretty sure we've not beaten top flight opposition in the FA Cup since the Everton game, although we did beat Leicester at their place in the League Cup a season or three ago, so these things do happen occasionally!

COYB!!!

Marcus

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West Ham United 1 Town 0

16 January 2018

Late Hammer blow for Town as West Ham progress

Town: Dean Henderson, Joe Riley (Louis Dodds 74), Max Lowe (James Bolton 101), Ben Godfrey, Mat Sadler, Omar Beckles, Shaun Whalley (Alex Rodman 74), Abu Ogogo ©, Jon Nolan, Aristote Nsiala, Stefan Payne (Carlton Morris 84)
Subs: Craig MacGillivray, Carlton Morris, Louis Dodds, James Bolton, Lenell John-Lewis, Bryn Morris, Alex Rodman

West Ham: Joe Hart ©, Manuel Lanzini, Pedro Obiang, Andre Ayew (Marko Arnautovic 69), Angelo Ogbonna, Sam Byram (Pablo Zabaleta 90+1), Arthur Masuaku, Toni Martinez, Reece Burke, Josh Cullen, Reece Oxford (Mark Noble 69)
Subs: Adrian, Pablo Zabaleta, Marko Arnautovic, Mark Noble, Saed Haksabanovic, Martin Samelsen, Mases Makasi

Referee: Jeremy Simpson
Assistants: Ian Hussin and Akil Howson
Fourth Official: James Linnington

Attendance: 39,867

It was heartbreak for Shrewsbury Town at the London Stadium as a 112th minute goal sent West Ham through to the fourth round of the FA Cup. Town had performed admirably throughout the evening, having a good chance of their own in normal time through Stefan Payne, but in the second-half of extra-time Reece Burke eventually broke the deadlock after Town failed to clear a corner. It was disappointing for Town who put up a great fight across the two games, but unfortunately it wasn’t to be.

Team News:
Paul Hurst sprang a surprise by moving away from his preferred 4-1-4-1 formation and instead going with five at the back. Town therefore made three changes from the side that lost 3-1 to Blackburn Rovers on Saturday. Joe Riley and Max Lowe came in as wing-backs, whilst Stefan Payne led the line. It meant that James Bolton, Alex Rodman and Carlton Morris are the three men to miss out. The hosts meanwhile included Argentine international Manuel Lanzini in their midfield.

First-Half:
Manuel Lanzini was seen as a bit of a surprise inclusion for West Ham as he has been a regular in the Premier League this season, but you could see his quality from word go and he was the first man to have an effort on goal when he shot from 25 yards, but it went a couple of yards over Dean Henderson’s goal.

However, Town were more than holding their own in the opening 10 minutes and they were able to get onto the ball at times and show off the passing game, which has become so common place in League One games this season.

One such passing move ended with Abu Ogogo being fouled 25 yards from the West Ham goal. Joe Riley took the free-kick but his effort was straight at the wall and West Ham managed to clear.

With 22 minutes on the clock Town forced the first corner of the game as Stefan Payne forced Reece Burke into a mistake, however Toto Nsiala didn’t get the connection he desired on Shaun Whalley’s delivery and West Ham were able to pick up the pieces.

The Iron then forced their first corner of the game when the influential Lanzini had his shot blocked from distance, but Town dealt with the delivery well as Dean Henderson punched well clear.

It perhaps comes as no suprsie that the first save by either ‘keeper came courtesy of a shot from Manuel Lanzini. The Argentine midfielder won a free-kick after running into Abu Ogogo and his powerful effort from 30 yards seemed to swerve awkwardly, but Henderson did well to get two strong hands to the shot and palmed it clear.

At the other end some good work from Stefan Payne, Abu Ogogo and Ben Godfrey led to the latter being fouled 30 yards from goal. Town decided to cross the ball into the back stick where Toto Nsiala met it with his head, but referee Jeremy Simpson had already blown for an infringement in the build-up.

Half-Time: 0-0

Second-Half:
The first-half had lacked any real excitement for either side and the second 45 minutes started slowly as well due to a lengthy head injury to Andre Ayew. The experienced Ghana striker was down a couple of minutes before he eventually got back to his feet and play was allowed to continue.

West Ham were now beginning to get on top and they had a shout for a penalty when Lanzini wriggled his way past Nsiala, but the Town defender appeared to recover and win the ball, as Referee Simpson waved away the Irons appeals.

The tie was now 150 minutes old and neither side had been able to break the deadlock, but Town were then handed a brilliant opportunity as the ball rebounded into the path of Stefan Payne, who found himself all alone in behind the West Ham back four. The Town striker ran 20 yards with the ball before trying to flick a shot past Joe Hart, but the England goalkeeper made himself big and the shot hit his legs.  

Shaun Whalley was the next to try his luck for Town as he used his pace to get away from a couple of defenders, but his shot from the edge of the box always looked as if it would head over the bar and it kept on rising.
 
With just over 20 minutes of the game to go it appeared that West Ham had decided it was time to really try and put this game to bed, so they brought on Premier League regulars Marko Arnautovic and Mark Noble in place of Reece Oxford and Andre Ayew.

Town then made their first substitution of the night five minutes later and it led to a change of formation as Joe Riley was replaced by Louis Dodds. It meant that Town went to four at the back with Omar Beckles moving to right-back and Dodds moving into the number 10 position in behind Payne. Shaun Whalley was then replaced a few minutes later by Alex Rodman on the left wing.

West Ham were now really throwing men forward and when Mark Noble picked out Sam Byram at the back-post with a sumptuous ball it looked as if Town might be in trouble, but Bryam’s first time cross went straight across the face of goal, with no one in a Claret and Blue shirt there to poke it home.

West Ham then twice hit the side-netting as first Toni Martinez had a shot from a tight angle and then Marko Arnautovic found room inside the box, but both efforts failed to test Henderson in the Town goal.  

Arnautovic certainly looked the most likely to break Town hearts and a shot from the edge of the box went just inches wide of Dean Henderson’s goal, with the Manchester United loanee at full stretch.

The fourth official indicated that there would be a minimum of four additional minutes and in those dying minutes Town forced a corner. Louis Dodds took it and although the initial ball was punched away by Hart, Town recycled it well and picked out Toto Nsiala with a cross, but the Congolese defender could only head over from eight yards.

With just seconds of stoppage time to play West Ham were awarded a free-kick 30 yards from goal. Manuel Lanzini took it, but his effort went high and wide as Town survived to take it to extra time.

Full-Time: 0-0

First-Half of Extra Time:
There were bound to be some tired bodies out there in blue and amber, but they didn’t show it at the start of extra-time as Alex Rodman showed a clean pair of heels to Pablo Zabaleta, but his cutback didn’t quite fall for Carlton Morris who took an air shot.

At the other end, Ben Godfrey was forced to clear off the line when Dean Henderson came to punch a cross but it only went as far as Mark Noble who helped it towards goal, but Godfrey was in the right place to head it clear.

The game was now really opening up and it appeared to be playing into Town’s hands, who looked the fitter of the two sides. Abu Ogogo was continuing to break forward from midfield and he even tried a volley from distance, although it went tamely wide.

New rules allow a fourth substitution to be made in extra-time, so Paul Hurst decided to utilise this by replacing Max Lowe with James Bolton. It meant that Omar Beckles moved into his third position of the night, this time at left-back, with Bolton slotting in on the right of the back-four.

With a minute left in the first-half of extra-time West Ham had their best chance of the tie to date. Marko Arnautovic managed to get in behind the Town defence and he then fed Manuel Lanzini. Lanzini twisted and turned to allow him to get his shot away, but by the time he had picked his spot James Bolton was on the goal line to throw himself at the shot and the block fell into the grateful arms of Dean Henderson.

Half-Time in Extra-Time: 0-0

Second-Half of Extra-Time:
The second-half of extra-time was a more frantic affair as both sides desperately went in search of the winning goal. West Ham were beginning to lose patience and Pedro Obiang tried his luck from distance, but pulled the shot well wide.

However, with eight minutes of the game remaining the deadlock was finally broke by the hosts and with it the hearts of 3,000 travelling Salopians. Town failed to clear a Lanzini corner and the ball eventually broke for Reece Burke who fired in a venomous shot from 15 yards which hit the underside of the crossbar before going over the line.

Cries of Salop, Salop, Salop, continued to emanate from behind the goal, but unfortunately for Town’s travelling faithful, West Ham held onto the ball immaculately in the final stages and Town never had a sniff of finding a late equaliser.

End of Extra-Time: 1-0

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Ticket News

West Ham Supporters Info

15 January 2018

Some information to help Town fans on their trip to the London Stadium

Turnstiles will open 90 minutes prior to kick-off with the visiting supporters accessing the stadium via Entrance D in the South West corner.

Alcohol will be served before the match and during half-time with draft beers available at Kiosk 29 and 30. All drinks are pre-poured and decanted into plastic cups.

West Ham will operate a 100% person and 100% bag search, with stewards using pat down methods and security wands where necessary. All safety and security information relating to London Stadium can be found at www.london-stadium.com/plan-your-visit/safety-and-security

New for 2017/18: Search points are now positioned on the bridges as depicted in the attached maps, with one lane on each bridge dedicated to accessibility supporters for ease of access. We would advise that Shrewsbury Town supporters arrive via Bridge 4 which is closest to the visitors turnstiles.

Coach Parking - The coach park is located directly adjacent to Pudding Mill Lane station which you will see on the attached maps. West Ham United Supporter Liaison Officer’s will be at hand to guide your supporters on route to and from the stadium.

There is a dedicated Visiting Supporter Information marquee located directly outside the visitors turnstiles to assist with any enquiries. Please note that any ticketing or access enquiries will likely be directed to the Ticket Office for assistance as they may need further review by a ticketing expert. All windows at the Ticket Office are fitted with audio-induction loops for deaf or hard of hearing supporters.

Post-match, Shrewsbury Town supporters will leave the stadium via the exit gates at turnstile D and make their way down the two staircases directly in front of the away section. This is shown in the attached ‘Overview map – Post match’. A lift is situated in-between the two sets of stairs for any supporters who require it. From here, supporters will be able to travel to their onward destination.

Accessibility - Any supporters with accessible needs requiring the complimentary Shuttle Service may have been in touch with you or our DAO, Julie Pidgeon, at accessibility@westhamunited.co.uk to request a permit in advance. Please let me know if there are any outstanding requests and we will endeavour to facilitate as soon as possible. All information on pick-up and drop-off points can be viewed at Accessible Shuttle Service. There is a shuttle bus positioned at the Away Coach Drop-off Point (adjacent to Pudding Mill Lane station) to help Shrewsbury Town supporters with accessibility requirements in travelling the short distance to the visitors entrance. For any accessibility supporters making their way back to the away coaches after the match, the Shuttle Service will be available from Car Park 1A, adjacent to Bridge 4.

Julie and her team will also be able to offer guidance in respect of any accessible facilities, lifts, changing rooms, toilets and more, with Disabled Supporter Assistants at hand to assist (pink tabards).

Any pre-arranged ticket collections for Shrewsbury Town supporters will be available from the Away Fan Information marquee situated directly outside of the visitors section at turnstile D. Supporters will need to provide photographic identification in order to collect their tickets.

A full list of our opening hours can be found here.

Kiosk 29 – a selection of pies are available here, including a vegetarian option. Draught beer and soft drinks can also be purchased

Kiosk 30 – a large English sausage in a soft brioche roll and a vegetarian offer of Nachos. Pre-poured bottled beer and soft drinks can also be purchased

Kiosk 31 – soft drinks and confectionary

All products are advertised on the TV screens throughout the concourse area. Please note that all alcoholic bottled drinks have to be decanted and all kiosks will close ten minutes into the second half.

If supporters witness any anti-social, abusive or discriminatory behaviour they should report this to the nearest steward or, alternatively, by sending a text message to our SMS reporting service on 07860 404069. All messages are treated in the strictest confidence and the service is advertised on the big screens before and during the match.

Any further information can be found on our online Matchday Guide however, if you or your supporter reps feel that there is anything else we can include within the guide to enhance the supporter experience please feel free to pass this on as it’s a constantly evolving platform. We will also be communicating any proactive service messages via the Club website and our Supporter Services twitter handle @WestHamHelp in the lead up to the match.

 

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