Saturday 20 January 2018

Deadly duo Aguero and Negredo wrap up Hammers demolition job

West Ham 0 Manchester City 3 (City win 9-0 on Aggregate)

Sergio Aguero of Manchester City beats West Ham goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen to score their second goal
Sergio Aguero of Manchester City beats West Ham goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen to score their second goal

Henry Winter

A MERICFUL referee spared West Ham United further pain and punishment, giving only one minute's injury-time when five was expected in last night's League Cup semi-final second leg. Alvaro Negredo scored twice and Sergio Aguero added another as Manchester City again toyed with Sam Allardyce's weak defence.

Only 14,390 turned up to watch this, including a vocal City element who just sang about Wembley.

This will be City's 14th domestic cup final, their fourth in the League Cup - and first since 1976 - as well as 10 FA Cup finals.

There has never been an all-Manchester cup final in the League Cup or FA Cup, although United must first overturn a 2-1 first-leg defeat against Sunderland at Old Trafford tonight.

West Ham, meanwhile, will be licking their wounds after another dispiriting 90 minutes.

West Ham fans had not expected a miracle, but they had expected effort. Some were charged £42 a ticket (as well as kids for a quid) and received little return for that sizeable sum.

They had wanted to see Allardyce's men playing with some pride in the shirt, constructing at least a speed-bump on City's road to Wembley.

Andy Carroll ran hard for 45 minutes, Ravel Morrison played a few decent first-half passes and made some good second-half dribbles, but nothing could really slow Manuel Pellegrini's machine driven hard by Negredo.

The attacking zest demanded by Pellegrini was there from the start. City's work rate was also first rate again, the eye for goal as keen as usual, particularly Negredo's, and the quality in reserve demonstrated thrillingly by the teenager Marcos Lopes.

The Portuguese attacker began on the left, but switched flanks with Jesus Navas for a while and also schemed in the centre. Playing with an intelligence beyond his years, the 18-year-old contributed two assists in the first half as West Ham's defence folded again. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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