Thursday 22 February 2018

Obinna seals comeback

West Ham 3
Stoke 1
(after extra-time)

Victor Obinna sealed an extra-time comeback for West Ham as they overcame Stoke to book a Carling Cup quarter-final spot last night.

Kenwyne Jones had given the visitors an early lead but Hammers' captain Scott Parker equalised on 83 minutes, with strikes from Manuel Da Costa, in the 96th minute, and Obinna, after 118 minutes, securing the win.

Jones had climbed above the hapless Hammers defence to nod home Jermaine Pennant's corner after just six minutes at Upton Park.

Tuncay Sanli went close to doubling the advantage but Benni McCarthy should have levelled two minutes before the break, when he produced an air shot from six yards, after Cole had put the ball on a plate.

Substitute Obinna made a big second-half impact for the Hammers but, despite a succession of denied penalty claims, they had to wait until 83 minutes for the equaliser -- Parker heading home Pablo Barrera's cross from six yards.

In extra-time the revitalised hosts pushed on, with sub Mark Noble setting up Da Costa for a tap-in and then providing Obinna with the perfect pass, which he coolly dispatched past Asmir Begovic to seal the win.

Irish Independent

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