West Ham 4 Manchester U 0

Tomasz Kuszczak

West Ham Uni­ted 4 Man­chester Uni­ted 0, Boleyn Gro­und, Eng­lish Foot­ball Lea­gue Cup Fifth Ro­und, Nov­ember 30, 2010. Lea­gue Cup hold­ers Man­chester Uni­ted ex­per­i­enced a dis­ap­point­ing de­feat to West Ham Uni­ted at Up­ton Park. The ho­me te­am were two goals up at the in­ter­val and ad­ded two more af­ter the re­start to ev­entually emerge as 4-0 victors.

West Ham Uni­ted shocked the pun­dits as two goals each from Carlton Cole and Jon­athan Spect­or saw Av­ram Grant´s men de­con­struct Man­chester Uni­ted to the tune of 4-0 at a snowy Boleyn Gro­und in East Lon­don to reach the semi-fi­nals of the Foot­ball Lea­gue Cup. In mit­ig­a­tion, Man­chester Uni­ted su­premo Sir Al­ex Fer­guson had made as many as ten changes from the si­de that had star­ted ag­ainst Black­burn Rov­ers at Old Traf­ford in the pre­vi­ous ga­me. West Ham opened the scor­ing ac­count in the 22nd min­ute of the Lea­gue Cup en­counter as dy­nam­ic box-to-box mid­field play­maker Jon­athan Spect­or head­ed a bril­liant cross from Ni­geri­an in­ter­na­tion­al flank­man Vic­tor Obinna pa­st Uni­ted goal­keeper To­masz Kusz­czak. The for­mer Man­chester Uni­ted play­er then pro­duced his sec­ond goal of the even­ing af­ter 37 min­utes of the ac­tion as he power­ed the ball in­to the net af­ter a breath­tak­ing run from his own ha­lf. The East Lon­doners con­tin­ued to press fol­low­ing the re­sump­tion of the con­test and Carlton Cole made it 3-0 to the hosts when he head­ed ho­me in 56th min­ute from an­oth­er su­perb cross ball by Obinna. The route was com­plete when the free flow­ing front­man slammed in a left foot shot pa­st Kusz­czak af­ter 67 min­utes to make the fi­nal sco­reline read 4-0 in the fa­vour of The Ham­mers. West Ham Uni­ted Te­am: Ro­bert Green, Tal Ben Haim, Ra­doslav Ko­vac, Jon­athan Spect­or, Ja­mes Tomkins, Mat­thew Up­son, Ju­li­en Faubert, Vic­tor Obinna, Lu­is Boa Morte, Pablo Bar­rera, Carlton Cole. Sub­stitutes: Ruud Boffin, Win­ston Re­id, Scott Par­ker, Ju­ni­or Stan­islas, Zavon Hines, Benni Mc­Carthy, Fre­der­ic Piquionne. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: To­masz Kusz­czak, Fa­bio da Silva, Chris Small­ing, Jon­athan Evans, John O’Shea, Dar­ren Fletch­er, Ry­an Gig­gs, Gab­riel Ober­tan, Oli­veira An­der­son, Bebe, Javi­er Her­nandez. Sub­stitutes: Ben Amos, Ra­fael da Silva, Wes­ley Bro­wn, Mi­chael Car­rick, Mag­nus Eikr­em, Ji-Sung Park, Fe­d­erico Macheda.

 

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To­masz Kusz­czak was giv­en his de­but for Man­chester Uni­ted by Sir Al­ex Fer­guson in a 1–0 Pre­mier Lea­gue loss ag­ainst long­time rivals Ar­senal at Old Traf­ford on the 17th of Septem­ber 2006.

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