Hammers knocked out on penalties

West Ham were knocked out of the EFL Cup by Blackburn on penalties after a 2-2 draw on Wednesday, with Angelo Ogbonna missing the decisive spot-kick.

Rovers were excellent throughout the game and took the lead after just seven minutes, with Jack Vale scoring the opening goal after being sent through one-on-one with Alphonse Areola.

The Hammers did level proceedings after 35 minutes, when Mikey Antonio crossed to Pablo Fornals, who finished.

And it appeared as though the Irons were set to win the game, when Antonio scored in the 78th minute.

But Ben Brereton Diaz, a summer target for the Hammers, scored with just two minutes remaining, cutting inside and curling beyond Areola.

The penalties were perfect for the majority of the shootout, with 19 penalties taken in total.

Nine Hammers stepped up and scored but Ogbonna hit the bar to send Blackburn through, ahead of the Irons’ huge weekend clash with Leicester City.


About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.

5 comments on “Hammers knocked out on penalties

  1. At least we are in good company as all London clubs out!

  2. All the blame lies with Moyes, he has no ambition to attack teams from the start, we were playing a Blackburn who made 11 changes tonight and Moyes decides to plays Downes a defensive player instead of an attacking player, it is just hard to accept that the club continue to believe he is the man to take this team forward. Do we have to wait until we are knocked out of the FA Cup, then Europe then bottom 3 before we make a decision to get rid of a manager who refuses to change and who is not without doubt not getting the best out of his squad. Hi decisions during the game are awful too, he takes off Coufal instead of Johnson and does not bring on Cresswell earlier instead of Emerson to protect our lead. Finally his belief that Coventry is a PL player is lunacy as his trust in Johnson is. He just has to be got rid ASAP before our season becomes a disaster.

  3. We need to start games quicker and get on the front foot , press teams not sit back . Get players in the box

  4. I was not at the game but stats showed we had 15 corners and 26 shots at goal so not sure about the argument we are too defensive.
    We used 10 different players from Sunday’s game so answered the criticism last season of too small a squad and tiredness. Squad now much stronger. Our players need to take a good hard look at themselves during the break. If Moyes is jettisoned then in my view the players must shoulder a lot of the responsibility. As for Moyes out mantra I have yet to find anyone to say who’s in other than Pochinetto and Tuchel. Both of them are waiting for a call from an existing champions league club with mega money to waste! Someone did suggest Dyche so obviously hadn’t watched Burnley!!

  5. I’ve noticed something a little worrying in the last game and last night. Pablo not smiling, even when he scores, same when he got 2 in last euro game – you take a look and see what you think. Hope he’s not falling out with Moyes coz if he wants out, I’ll be first to have a go at Moyes. Maybe seeing something that He loves west ham, I’d hate it if he left

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