Super ‘Sak’ returns a conquering hero


Sakho scoresPriceless Diafra Sakho came off the bench to send the Irons into the velvet bag for the fifth round draw of the FA Cup.

The striker rose at the far post (pictured) to head home an Andy Carroll cross from close range in the 81st minute on a comeback appearance.

Sakho’s goal was a massive relief given the pressure the Irons had been forced to soak up throughout the 80 minutes as the Keague One put the pressure on and never rook their foot off the gas.

Giant striker Matt Smith was a constant threat seeing an early shot blocked by James Tomkins and presenting constant aerial problems.

Mark Noble was forced to produce a clearing header off the line from the big man before Bryan shot wide of a far post with Adrian well beaten.

It was Smith though who dominated and his counterpart Andy Carroll was forced to clear off the Irons goal line again from another towering effort.

The Hammers had been unable to find any rhythm or serious energy in a first half totally dominated by City although there were signs the Hammers were finding a toehold as the first half ended.

Emmanuel-Thomas’ had the first chance of the second half but although on target, Adrian was right behind his free kick, saving with ease.

The arrival of Sakho though started to change the flow of the game and the Irons produced a good move which  saw Cresswell  cut the ball back for him but keeper Flint blocked.

The Senegal hitman though was close when skimming the crossbar after bringing the ball under control brilliantly.

And just six minutes later ‘Sak’ got his reward when  Carroll’s persistence on the right saw him make space for the cross and his partner arrived to crash home a header from close range.

He then produced his trademark run to the fans arms crossed across his chest – he is the MAN!

It was never easy. It was never pretty but after the shocks of yesterday we are through an looking towards Wembley.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • macca62 says:

    Another inept first half performance. Why do we so often, only start to play in the second half? Don’t know what’s happened to Song in the last couple of games? He seems off the pace and much of his distribution has been poor. Thank goodness for Sakho, or our season would be very different!
    Let’s hope for a better performance in the quarters. COYI

  • HammerJeff says:

    Agreed on all counts Macca! #coyi

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