Live Text: Irons v Liverpool: 4th Round FA Cup replay

Kick off 7.45

The Boleyn Ground

CayoMSVW4AIoLy7We’ll keep you up to date with live text reports if you are nowhere near a TV tonight.

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic: “We’ve played Liverpool many times this season, twice recently with different line-ups.

“We played their strongest team and then a team with five or six regular starters, so we are well prepared for whatever team they come with.

“They are a big club. They’ve had ups and downs this season but make no mistake, whenever a team is facing them, you have to have a complete game.

“You can’t give them time and space because they will harm you, they have quality. We have to be good, brave, direct and skilful, which we showed in two out of the three games we played against them.”

Liverpool XI: Mignolet, Flanagan, Lucas, Ilori, Smith, Stewart, Chirivella, Teixeira, Coutinho, Ibe, Benteke.

Brazil playmaker Philippe Coutinho returns to the Liverpool starting XI, which again has an unfamiliar look. There are 10 changes and injury-hit England striker Daniel Sturridge is on the bench.

Hammers XI: Randolph, O’Brien, Ogbonna, Reid, Cresswell, Noble, Kouyate, Antonio, Payet, Obiang, Valencia.

Hammers Subs: Adrian, Carroll, Collins, Moses, Oxford, Cullen, Parfitt-Williams.

Kevin Nolan on BT Sports: Its really emotional for me to be back here tonight and I’m delighted the lads are doing so well. They have a great chance at this trophy.

They’re in the tunnel…they’re on the pitch

Dimi Payet greets all his team mates with a huge smile

We’re off

5/ Messy start, Noble tries to scape and cross but can’t keep ball in field of play

7/ Quick move down the left but Cresswell cross easily collected by Mingolet

10/Long ball down middle from Ogbonna and Valencia header easily dealt with by Mingolet.

Liverpool keeping posession and Hammers look a bit devoid of ideas – early days

14/ Liverpool corner Coutinho falls to Benteke – big chance and Randolph saves at near post

16: Payet plays sweet ball to JOB and he hammers in a great shot which rebounds off upright

23: Payet whips in free kick – cleared for corner, also dealt with

25: Dangerous break from Liverpool – ball cut into box but Benteke can’t control – cleared.

28: Liverpool cut through with a fast break but Teixera slams inches wide – big chance

Hammers coming under pressure with their inability to pick up second balls – Liverpool having most meaningful posession

35 Coutinho releases Benteke – back to Coutnho who hits post.

Liverpool corner  and Randolph again saves day from Benteke at near post

37/ Kouyate brought down just outside box. Payet smashes shot against post and Antonio header from rebound punched clear by Mingolet

43/ Valencia breaks down right turns inside but drives cross into Mingolet’s midriff

45/ IRONS GOAL Payet digs out fine ball to Valencia – crosses well for Antonio to score great goal as he jums from inside of his foot – great tecnique


We’re underway for the second half

47/ Benteke fouled on edge of box

48/ Coutnho free kick GOAL

It’s 1-1 

54: Massive Liverpool attack – Benteke prominent but Hammers hold firm

58/ Huge ball into Liverpool box – Mingolet can’t collect as Hammrs swar around but somehow cleared.

End to end Cup clash as Liverpool go straigt to other end but Hammers clear dangerous attack

59/ Sturridge thrown on for his return by Liverpool

62: Awkward ball into area and Mingolet scrambling to get itt over top as falls for top corner

63: Oh no Winston Reid over stretches and goes down with what looks a clear hamstring problem

REID off – Collins ON

65: Penalty all nIght along – dreadul decision after Valencia hauled back in the box after fantastic piece of work by Antonio on right-SHOCKING DECISION

72/ Clash of heads and Kouyate flattened. Hammers rush to him and get play stopped immediately – player still down

Kouyate off but looks ok although no chances being taken – Carroll coming on

79/ JOB brings down Sturridge edge of box – seriously dangerous. Benteke blast and fabulous Randolph save. Danger came from Noble losing possession as he broke away from defensive position

O’Brien down injured. Liverpool looking more and more dangerous but over elaborating on edge of box

84/ Valencia heads over from quick Payet cross

87/ Noble lashes in shot with outside of boot – Mingolet saves

90: We have 8 mins of extra time

Liverpool storming forward and Sturridge shot saved by Randolph

Now the Irons are storming forward. Long diagonal to Carroll – down for Collins, saved by Mingolet

97: Powerful Obiang run but shoots wide



We’re underway again

1st Half  ET

Irons corner: Cresswell tries luck – high and wide

7/ Noble shot well saved by Mingolet

9/ Huge Liverpool chance – balls drops to Benteke about 20 out and blasts just wide

10/ Benteke breaks forward again but out comes Randolph to make incredible save

12: Benteke heads over from decent cross


17: Sturridge fires over top

21/ Benteke again fires wide from distance

24/West Ham creating very little – Valencia rushes forward, tries to set up a little space for shot but shut down

25/ Valencia hobbles offafter big run at Livrpool defence – limps back in

28/ Sturridge jinks past a couple but cleared for corner





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2 comments on “Live Text: Irons v Liverpool: 4th Round FA Cup replay

  1. Will be interesting to see how Ogbonna and Reid play, the central defence didn’t look right with both of these left sided central defenders playing together earlier in the season. Liverpool have put a very young team out, whilst we are fielding a very strong one. Hoping for a great reaction to the Southampton performance and a win for us, COYI !!!

  2. Did not watch but listened to probably the best entertainment in the cup for 10years,
    Antonio could solve our right back problems as well as being great on the wing,
    Payet is quite for ten minutes then brilliant for two but what class,
    Great Great night for us all but real heart in mouth times that’s the Westham Way
    Another dodgy ref

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