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For 112 years West Ham called Upton Park home but soon all that will be
left of this famous old ground are memories.
West Ham's new stadium has plenty of history itself.
But this house isn't a home for the Hammers just yet. The 55th stadium
to host Premier League football and the third largest. A dangerous
cross! The Hammers are rocking and it's another one! The FA is
launching an investigation after scenes of hooliganism. Fans are
fighting amongst themselves. Unacceptable. Sanchez and Arsenal! I
have already got an investigation Rising costs of taking out temporary
seating. Right now this doesn't look like the stadium legacy anyone
wanted. Noble on the rebound! Mata, 1-0. Hard on West Ham this.
Tonight marks another milestone in the live of the London Stadium, the
first FA Cup tie to be played here sees West Ham take on Manchester
City. A first taste of the Cup also for City boss Pep Guardiola. These
two teams have lifted the trophy eight times between them.
Good evening. This is the first of 32 third round ties to be played
over the weekend and joining us in the studio Alan Shearer, Ian Wright
and a man who has represented both clubs, Frank Lampard. Did you
realise it was 21 years ago this month you made a debut for West Ham?
I didn't realise, I don't like it! Start worrying when it's 21 years
since you last played! The case for me. Great memories you had. The old
ground, not here. Yeah, great memories, I grew up a West Ham fan.
My father playing for them before me, as well. It was obviously a
dream. Everyone wants to become a professional footballer and I
certainly did. Great memories making my debut here, I obviously moved on
a few years after but you never forget your roots and playing at
Upton Park that day was very special. You two played together.
Frank actually - we have a bit of footage. Frank has a shot from long
range which he is prone to do and you poach him. That's a one-two from
Frank. If he gets around the 18-yard box there is nothing... 35 yards out
there. It was one of them, I had a great time, my time at West Ham was
brilliant. Playing with Frank and Rio. What do you make of this place,
frank? It's stunning. I came with the Olympics, it's stunning to look
at. The question is, we are all talking about it, is whether it
actually is helping the team on the pitch. Upton Park, the hostility and
the tightness, here we can see it's vast and open. It takes time, as
well, to get used to the surroundings. Yeah, even the best of
teams. Tottenham played at Wembley this year, Arsenal moved to the
Emirates and things change, even the best struggle. West Ham now,
unfortunately have have had a downturn on the pitch. Like it, the
stadium It feels like you are going into a final venue. It feels like
that, it feels big and vast. But there is a lot of empty spaces in
between. It's a nice place to come to, don't get me wrong. It will take
time to get used to it, but the sooner they can do that, the better.
Manchester City, a little prickly, the manager at the weekend. I do
think the Premier League has even taken him back. It's games like this
that brings the best out of top managers and top players. A full
house, live on TV. But I think also he's been disappointed in and
surprised in one or two of his players who haven't performed for
him. That's probably one of the reasons why he has been tetchy in
interviews. OK. Team selections are always a talking point after a busy
round of Christmas fixtures. Here's how the two teams line up. West Ham
make three changes from their last game.
Carroll comes in for payet playing his 100th game for The Hammers
playing - celebrating his 28th birthday.
Stones is recalled in defence. Fernandinho suspended, Zabaleta may
play in a holding role with Toure. Silva is recalled.
Sterling and De Bruyne keep their places.
Top scorer Aguero also comes into the starting line-up after beginning
on the bench against Burnley. So a strong looking line-up for Pep
Guardiola's first FA Cup selection. City did beat West Ham 3-1 at home
back in August. In fact, they won a first ten games of the season in all
competitions but it's not been such plain sailing since then.
He is coming to Manchester City... I will play - sorry I am not going to
negotiate. Congratulate them for their performance. It didn't look
good? No, maybe I will pay respect with them. How long do you think it
will take for the players to really understand the Pep way? Sorry, I
don't know. The beginning was quickly, now it will be a little bit
longer. I am happy to be their coach.
In these kind of games, of course, the little details make the
difference. You won it, you won it the hard way.
Yeah. That's true. You don't seem that happy that you have won. More
than you believe. I am so happy, believe me. I am so happy, happy new
year. Thanks, Pep. A pleasure.
The first taste of the FA Cup. How much do you as a manager relish
knockout football, particularly in a competition with so much history?
Happy talk about this competition, when I was in other countries, now
it's my first time, but in Germany the Cup is really good, as well. So,
hopefully we can make a good performance and go through. You have
made five changes but it's still a strong line-up tonight. You are
going out here to take this seriously? All the games, all the
games seriously, yeah. That's true. So, yeah, the draw, it was difficult
for both teams, of course, but away against West Ham one of the best
teams last season, and now it's much better in the beginning, so a tough
game and of course we have to think about it to win the game.
It's great that he has given the competition the respect it deserves
by going for a really strong, it also suggests that he needs a win or
two. Get that confidence back. They won at the weekend obviously but
after losing to Liverpool, he is feeling his way, finding his feet. I
think the Premier League has surprised him. You don't get any
walkovers in our league. That was slightly different to what I think
he has been used to. The poorer teams in our league are not as poor
as the ones they are in Germany or in Spain. And he is a manager that
loves to change his players around, to rotate his players. I looked at
the changes he has made for Manchester City this season so far.
68. Miles more than anyone else. That on the side is not league
positions by the way, that's a number of changes made in that
particular year. So, what I thought was when I seen 68 changes, I
thought he was looking for a system, he was looking at players, learning
about it and he hasn't found it yet. But when you look at Barcelona and
Bayern Munich he likes to move the team around and change and rotate.
That's what he believes in all the time, he believes in fresh players
and changing them constantly. Frank, how do you assess Guardiola's
progress so far? Well, it's been you have to, I am a huge fan. I love the
way he made his teams play, Barcelona and Bayern. He is making
changes back there, that was his style. He had good players, he
didn't really change Messi too much. He had a corner always at the top.
Now it's like he is searching. He is searching for, not just the right
players, but the right system. So I think on that front he has found it
hard. Even a top manager in the world, as he is probably one of, can
have a moment when they have to look at themselves and go hang on, do I
change slightly? Remember the Leicester game, didn't know what was
going on with that. If any manager here done something like that, would
have got hammered. After that when you saw the swu interview, didn't
ask too many pressing questions, to see him go like that, I don't know
if it's because we have irked him. I think one of the surprises I found
is that the goalkeeping situation, and he is not playing this evening,
but the goalkeeper, he signed Bravo. He didn't even give Joe Hart a
chance, you are not for me and I am changing it, and that's been one of
the problems because the goalkeeper has made mistakes. Even upfront,
Aguero doesn't always play even when he is fit. He has had an up and down
season in all sorts of ways. But he is playing tonight. If you are going
to say that he's come in and a few players with the rotation what he is
doing, he seems upset. I don't know what's up with him. He has elbowed
Reid there. Lunged into Luis. Pep has come in and... Even Aguero he's
upset. He's one player that you have to say that anyone else in the world
would probably want him on their team. You played with him, Frank. A
great player. One of the greatest strikers I have played with. Drogba
another one. But he is a goal machine. When he plays he scores
goals. He has that little bit of edge to him. I remember you throwing
a few of those! Even with that tackle there, nobody likes that,
particularly David Luis. We all saw the game, they should have won.
Frustrated. He has that even in training. Not every day, rarely, but
you knew it was there as an edge. Top players have that. He wants to
win. A bit of devilment. Under 15 minutes now to kick-off. The stadium
has a capacity of 57,000, compared with 35,000 at Upton Park. The good
news is we are expecting a full house tonight. Let's hear from the
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic. It's 21 years ago this week since
you first came to West Ham. You know the FA Cup history here. How much
would you like to write the next chapter? I would like of course, I
said last year that the FA Cup and the other Cup especially the FA Cup
we approach with big ambitions. We are hoping, we are dreaming, last
year we went to quarter-finals, we were quite unlucky not to go through
to semis and of course we are going to do everything we can to try to do
it this year also. And to go even further. We have a difficult draw,
of course. We are playing against top team, Manchester City, but let's
see three or four days ago we played on the same stage against also a
great team, Manchester United and even with ten men we were playing
good and I said to the boyses after that game if we continue to put a
shift like we put in that game we have a chance. That game also
drained us, this is our third game in six days and we are motivated. We
are going to try to beat them, of course.
It is 37 years since West Ham won the FA Cup, but what would success
mean for the current squad? Aaron Cresswell, who made his England
debut in November, spoke to us. West Ham have won the cup! It's one of
the biggest competitions in the world. The FA Cup lifted for West
Ham. I want to go as far as I can. Ever since I was a little boy,
kicking a ball around, the FA Cup final, and to actually be playing
and scoring goals in it. With the younger players coming through, do
they still see the FA Cup is the pinnacle of a career? For me, it's a
special competition but I think kids located different these days. I want
to go as far as I can in every competition. I'd like to look back
when I finish and have something to show. Has the move been more
difficult than you thought it would be? It's been different. We were
used Upton Park. Moving to a bigger stadium, bigger expectations and a
lot more fans each week. For us, there is no better way to give
something back and getting a bit of silverware. The history around the
stadium in our changing room. We want to create our own history.
That's what you want to do, lift trophies. It's dangerous, a
brilliant goal from Cresswell! What about your relationship with the
manager? Has been first-class from me. He is hands-on everyday. He's
been fantastic. Does he also crave success? I think every player and
manager should crave success, whether that is winning the cup
final or finishing in the top six in the league. To look back and have
something to look at and say, yeah, I won the FA Cup, I'd snap your arm.
It will not even be easy to get to the final or the FA Cup, but that is
what we want. Some decent players in that West Ham starting line-up, and
not just Cresswell. One or two of the players, Antonio, for example,
scored a lot of goals. Big, strong, powerful. He has been the one player
I think this season that has kicked on for West Ham after they
overachieved last season. He has played in so many different
positions, right wingback, right full-back, right side of midfield.
He even played centre forward. When you get balls into the box and
you've got a guy they know can do that, because normally they would
like Andy Carroll to be on the end of that but, because of injuries or
whatever, he hasn't been there. But he has been so versatile for his
manager. He got his England call up, and rightly so, and he was unlucky
that it was with Sam Allardyce, and I think he was probably more
disappointed with Sam because of what happened with him, because it
looked like he was starting to get in there. He has been the big plus
for them this season. I like them, his attitude, that he is willing to
play in different positions. He has been a big plus. Alan, you mentioned
Andy Carroll. He is an interesting player, Frank. The hardest thing, it
seems to me, is getting him on the pitch but, when he is fit, he is a
threat. When he is fit, he is one of the best target men around. He is a
sign of the intentions of how West Ham are going to go. Any time they
get the ball in any wide area... You look at Man City and you worry that
they might be a bit weak or soft. Andy Carroll is there to be is
physical and score goals. It's an obvious team, but he has got quality
when the ball drops around the box. He has got a great left foot. You
almost feel sorry for him. When he gets a bit of a run, he starts
scoring goals, then he gets injuries. It's horrible when you get
injuries. Tonight is a great night for him. A great game, the FA Cup
against Man City, a great time to show that he is back and he can may
be bullied defenders. A great first season for Slaven Bilic. A bad start
to this one, but they have bounced back OK. They have, but was
worrying. In public, he said that the intensity in training wasn't
there and they needed to get it back. I think they responded, but we
will have to see how they go and whether they can build on that. The
FA Cup, a good run for them would be brilliant. I think they overachieved
last season, especially with the performances of Dimitri Payet, who
has been nowhere near the standard he was last season. You played with
Slaven Bilic. I did. He is humorous, he has character. Last year, Dimitri
Payet was the player who made the difference, he lifted them. He has
dropped his level and they are struggling. Kick-off is a few
minutes away and we can hear now from Trevor Sinclair, who played for
both clubs in his career. The amnesty is building. A full crowd
expected. It hasn't been the smoothest move to a new stadium. How
much emphasis to you put on a good FA Cup run to make this feel like
home? You are right, moving training grounds as well, a lot to content
with and adapt to. I think they have done that. It took a long time get a
bit of momentum going and this place will be buzzing if they can get a
good result. They are a very strong Man City side. And all of a sudden
they will start to get a bit of history here. For Man City, is this
a place that intimidates teams and, if not, can that happen? I don't
think it's that type of ground. At Upton Park, the fans literally
spilling onto the pitch. For me, this is a ground where you turn up
and think, hello, I fancy this. A beautiful stadium, brilliant pitch,
there has been a bit of rain this evening, so I think they will be
looking at this team and thinking, we fancy this. Who is going to win
tonight? I think Manchester City have put too much quality. He is
going for Man City. From one Trevor to another, Sir Trevor Brooking. He
has got his own stand. He takes them around where ever they play. A great
guy. Always lovely to see him. The teams are starting to gather in the
tunnel at the London Stadium. How do you see it going? I think it's great
that both teams have put full strength teams out. I'm going to go
for Manchester City. They probably have too much quality. Do you think
the problem that they have taken a while to get comfortable with this
stadium could work against West Ham, even in the FA Cup? If Manchester
City play well, West Ham could find problems. I think West Ham. If they
can keep pressure, get the ball to Andy Carroll, I am not sure that Man
City will be able to deal with that. It is the first third-round FA Cup
tie of 2017. West Ham against Manchester City. The commentators
are Martin Keown and Guy Mowbray. Welcome to, for its FA Cup debut,
the London, formerly Olympic Stadium. A venue originally built
for something else, of course, as was the original Wembley Stadium,
and West Ham played in the first ever FA Cup final their 94 years
ago, the white horse final. In the here and now, third-round weekend
starts here. The start of the road to Wembley for the top two -- top
two tier teams in the country, and one of the biggies will go no
further than this. They are hoping to win it. We see that by the
strength of the line-ups named. All new stadium, and the greatest
traditions survive, as you can hear, with the West Ham fans blowing
bubbles where ever they go. Winston Reid leaves his West Ham players
down the line of City opponents, and let's take another look at the West
Ham team for tonight's club tie. Adrian is the cup keeper. It has
been Darren Randolph for the last nine league games. The same defence
that faced men united on Monday. Pedro Obiang plays his 50th West Ham
game. On his 20th birthday, Andy Carroll
brings up 100 matches in a West Ham shirt, 25 goals scored, one of them
in the FA Cup final of 2012, as Liverpool lost to Chelsea, Frank
Lampard and old. For City, Willy Caballero gets his tenth appearance
of the season. John Stones is back in defence with Alex Kolarov making
way. Fernandinho suspended, Fernando injured. Pablo Correa -- Pablo
Zabaleta in midfield. Sergio Aguero, whose brilliant finish as a
substitute against Burnley on Monday was just goal number 17 for the
season already. Through the bubbles, you can just
about see the greeting between Slaven Bilic and Pep Guardiola.
Looking at the substitutes bench is, two names jump out for West Ham.
Mark Noble, getting back to fitness after a knee injury and illness, and
Dimitri Payet, who could be more than useful at some stage. For City,
a welcome back to the fold for Fabian Delph, who has missed most of
the campaign with a groin injury. Michael Oliver is the referee
tonight, a first-time referee at this stadium. His first West Ham
game of the season. His last was in May, when they lost to Swansea.
Martin is alongside me to cast his eye over the two sides, and you have
picked out two players who are always keen. Andy Carroll is one of
the finest hitters of the ball. Only five starts this season. Can Stones
and Otamendi deal with him? And Yaya Toure, this guy loses absolute class
at times in midfield. He has shortened his game. He looks like he
is on a motorbike in midfield, with such pace. He will play a major part
for City for the rest of the season. We are just about ready to go.
Sergio Aguero has a little bit of previous with West Ham this season,
and elbow on Winston Reid when the sides met at the Etihad at the end
of August, earning him is the suspension of the season. They need
him on the field as much as possible to get the trophies at City. Pep
Guardiola making that their business these days. In that game in the
Premier League, City were 2-0 up inside 18 minutes, a superb first
half performance, but they allowed West Ham back into bit, and Slaven
Bilic has been saying that, since then, he has seen something of the
City game that can be got at. West Ham are going to try, with sloppy
and they coolly, easily beating De Bruyne. -- with Sofiane Feghouli.
Nowhere near the goal. He started well. Cut inside with a play on the
right-hand side. Good footwork, but wild with that shot. Feghouli so
unlucky to see his game cut short early against men united on Monday.
That red card was rescinded. No such luck for Fernandinho. He is starting
a four-game suspension. A lot of talk about the atmosphere
it's generated. I was here for the Olympics, lucky enough to be here,
and almost surreal to see a football match. But the is cracking. We were
told it would be close to a sell-out. -- the atmosphere is
cracking. 9000 Manchester City fans, there or thereabouts, in attendance.
Might be coming here again on February the 1st on a weeknight for
a Premier League game. Not the same intimidation you had at Upton Park.
That was a very special ground. I am sure you took a fair bit of that on
your visits. I am sure of that. I don't think I was a favourite there.
Not sure I was a favourite anywhere, really! You are a favourite with us,
Mark. Interesting how Guardiola likes to
find a position in midfield for his full-backs. Zabaleta playing
alongside Yaya Toure. Sterling took on Winston Reid but couldn't get the
better of him. It's all very left side for City at the moment.
Took a bit of a risk looking for Adrian, and Adrian wasn't happy with
the backpass, with Sergio Aguero in close attendance.
City are looking for Silva and De Bruyne to pull the strings in there.
The ball given away by City. Carroll may need a bit of help soon. Blocked
by Otamendi. Not ruled worthy of a foul.
Lanzini in to challenge, but that will be a Manchester City free kick.
Guardiola won two German Cups, winning the double in his years at
Bayern Munich. He picked a strong side in every round for them last
season. He is a serial trophy winner so he is going to take this
seriously. He has demonstrated that with the team he put out.
The assistant referee raised his flag.
At the weekend he scored a rare goal, as well. All three of his
Manchester City goals have been scored with his right foot.
Stones using his right foot. Only just enough on it to find Caballero.
Silva in that central role but De Bruyne is the one I think they need
to get to that central position. Sterling making his way to the
penalty area. Well challenged by Nordtveit but it is a City corner.
Now De Bruyne will move forward for the first time all evening to take
the corner. This is where Sterling drifts past the defender. Nordtveit
doing very well there. Certainly better than he did against Rashford
at the weekend. De Bruyne delivery. It's headed over
the top by the incoming John Stones. Yet to score for City. Only got the
one in 94 games for Everton. Well, it's an ambitious ball whipped in.
He can't get the angle he needs. It's an area that he can improve in
at both ends. You look at John Terry and Cahills who score goals
regularly, you have to chip in for your team. Do you go along with the
opinion he is going to be a fine player? Tell us in a minute because
West Ham might test them here. He is one of the most talked about
players in English football. Aguero came in. He will challenge
again. Seemed to catch Ogbonna who hobbled
a little after the challenge. Stones doesn't get it properly away.
De Bruyne fires one forward for Silva to chase.
Aguero is waiting outside the area. Zabaleta is there with him. Here
comes Zabaleta! It's blocked. Reid got in the way of
it. Lovely ball from De Bruyne there the way he moved that out to the
wing. Great vision. When he is in a central position, surely you have to
play him there. It's an open game to start. Feghouli
fires one over. It escapes Cresswell. Cresswell there just
switching off. A great switch field pass. Look at this for a ball from
De Bruyne. Then it's the composure. Silva is waiting for the movement in
the box. Zabaleta, unusually so, gets in there. Gets in the way of
it, Reid. He will only find Caballero.
That's the outlet, Cresswell getting down that left side. Just better
quality, that's what Carroll wants. That's why he is in the team
tonight. De Bruyne has started in a really
deep position. Yeah, I think they want to get him on the ball there.
It's interesting interesting Yaya is sitting deep.
We talked about Stones earlier. His passing is excellent. It's
minimising your mistakes. He is a young man. We have to get off his
back a little bit. He has to make the right decisions. Don't be around
mistakes, minimise those and you become a top player. Silva has been
one of those for quite sometime. West Ham are really giving too much
space away. Need to get tighter. Zabaleta has seen plenty of the ball
in that midfield position. De Bruyne popping up the other side.
That was a risky ball back in with Sterling lurking.
Just being smothered. Sloppy there. West Ham need to get tighter and do
better with the ball when they get it. Might be a chance for Fernandes
and now Feghouli. Antonio pulls away to the left.
Sagna makes the block. Aguero picks up the pace.
An important interception there from Obiang.
Giving it away too easily, West Ham. All set up just to sit in, this
fella hasn't reached the heights of last season, giving him a rest
tonight. He may play a part towards the end of this game. Slaven Bilic
signed as a player from West Ham from Germany 21 years ago yesterday.
As a player he didn't see West Ham enjoy too much success in the FA
Cup. During his time they were knocked out by Grimsby and Wrexham.
Silva! Good save by the legs of Adrian.
He has plenty to say to his defenders. Manchester City are
looking menacing. He should have. Reid has come to the rescue once
more. It's all too loose there. Too much space for Manchester City. I
thought at first Clichy was on for another right foot goal. It shows
the intention. Both fullbacks of City getting down the flanks early
on. Blocked by Reid. He has been West
Ham's most important player, as he is in many a game.
Lanzini again. Nordtveit forward in support.
Feghouli trying to dance his way past Clichy.
That's deflected, the Antonio shot. Beaten away by Caballero. Caballero
does really well. A deflection off John Stones. Better for West Ham.
The crowd have woken up with them. I think the City players are looking
for that movement at the top of the team. Maybe Aguero making that run
beyond the defence. It's very safe at the moment. Sdab has burst
forward but has been ignored. -- Zabaleta.
De Bruyne won't look that way, he will only look to the middle. Reid
in the right place once more for West Ham. We said that a few times
already. Adrian and Caballero have both been
forced into saves. West Ham are happy to let City have
the ball in these areas. Just keeping their shape.
Thought he controlled it beautifully but controlled it the wrong side of
the line. As if there is not enough pitch here, it's a huge pitch. This
is Adrian's save here with his feet. Not played for a while. A little
tester for him. Expect him to make that. Just at the other end here,
Antonio's shot comes off Stones. The keeper reacts really well there.
Pushes it, though, back into the area. Keeps it live. Caballero's
last FA Cup appearance was in that 5-1 defeat at Chelsea in the 5th
round last season when Pellegrini effectively said bye to the Cup.
It wasn't long after that he was the hero of the league Cup serving in
the penalty shoot-out against Liverpool.
I think it's right with goalkeepers, number two, they're up and down the
length of the country, give them a chance to play. He's never really
let them down. At the start he took over from Joe Hart and then the new
signing came in, but a good start for him tonight. Loads of room on
the left for Cresswell. De Bruyne closes down. Feghouli. In
towards Antonio and Carroll. Here comes Cresswell. It's blocked by
Sagna. It's West Ham's turn to look the more threatening team. It comes
from a cross, as well. Once they start getting that ball in there
they're very threatening. Carroll is not interested in anything, he is
peeling off to the back post. Feghouli has put in another tester
with Carroll around. That's a push. Almost desperate to get on the end
of that one. Feghouli on this right side just whips one in. Carroll
really is never going to make that. It's a foul on Sagna. A little push
in the back. That's why he is in there, though, he wants to rein
those crosses in for him. Better service will cause problems. Given
away by Stones. Started well down the West Ham
right. Nordtveit in quickly. And tripped by
Sterling. Free kick for West Ham. Here is a chance to put one in for
Carroll or maybe Antonio. For sure. This is Sterling just over
the top of the ball. A little bit naughty there. It was City's
standout player in the league meeting in August, scored two of the
three goals that they put past The Hammers.
Not quite the aerial service that the number nine and number 30
demand. It's not worked for West Ham. A goal kick for City. City were
trying to keep West Ham out of their own penalty box, as high as they
possibly can, the ball is whipped in.
Difficult to see who that ball comes off.
Just about retrieved by Otamendi, but it's going to be a West Ham
throw. Not the best ball back in the Argentine defender.
Antonio plays it back towards Obiang.
Caballero started to come for that. It's Antonio who was having to get
high above Otamendi and try and watch the ball in full flight as
well. Antonio is so game, quite unorthodox, but if anything is going
to happen for West Ham, you feel it may come from them. Great spring,
just can't get the direction. He has scored a lot of goals with his head
in the last year or so. I think, if the referee had had a view on that,
it would have been a free kick to City, because he had a hold on
Otamendi's shirt. West Ham are finding some sort of rhythm. They
are, impressive how they are passing the ball and switching the ball very
well. Just a little too hard -- too high for Cresswell. A Manchester
City throw. Some of the 9000 City bands singing
their potion of Glad All Over. -- their version.
It will drift away for a City throw. It's the switch ball again. Obiang
unlucky, good tackle from Fernandes in that midfield.
They don't mind switching the ball every which way to find a way to get
through. They need to get that ball into Aguero's feet at times. Hardly
seen him in the game so far. There is Sergio Aguero. And Pablo
Zabaleta, completing the Argentine one, two, three, but he has given it
away. Squirted back to Angelo Ogbonna, who
in turn will find a dream. A bit of pace has gone out of the game in the
last few minutes. I think West Ham have grown in confidence. John
Stones takes no chances after Michael Oliver ruled no foul after
the collision between Otamendi and Carroll. It was almost as if to
emphasise the point, I'm happy putting it in the stand if I have
to. He smashed that one into his head, didn't he -- into Row Z,
didn't he? It looked like he was trying to reach the top of the orbit
with that clearance. Aguero coming back into his own half
for pretty much the first time tonight.
Obiang is still down after the brush with Yaya Toure. Aguero wants it.
Sergio Aguero with some wonderful control. Here comes Silva to help
him out. Nearly came to Sterling. Winston Reid wanting to put the ball
out so that Obiang can receive some treatment. He does need a bit of
medical assistance from the sidelines. Well, he wins the ball
well to begin with. He is coming out with it. Maybe it catches him on the
shin. Toure's followed through. Not even sure if he is wearing shin
pads. He should boo. -- he should be.
A challenge by Sagna, and so the ball is straight out for a City
throw in. Every so often, he has one of those games, as displayed last
April against Arsenal, where he ripped in three goals in a seven
minute spell. He was awesome that day. He can be capable of that, but
you've got to give him the service. Slaven Bilic was talking about the
high press. I'm not sure how Andy Carroll does that one. They haven't
particularly pressed the ball anyway. They've got to get better
service to him in those wide positions. Toure collected it OK. If
I was playing against Aguero, I'd be quite happy to see him in a deep
position. Maybe not there. Sterling tried to walk his way through to
goal. A great challenge from Winston Reid. Well, that is an awesome
recovery tackle. Good interchange passing from Sterling, cutting
inside. Winston Reid has to nail that tackle, no mistake. Beautifully
timed. De Bruyne with the corner. Too high.
Owns Mac and Otamendi. Aguero! Tipped over the bar by Adrian. Great
effort and a wonderful save. Look at Aguero swivel on this. It falls to
him, great technique. And a save to match. The man most likely to score
tonight, you'd think, coming closest. In from De Bruyne. That is
more routine for Adrian from Otamendi's header.
A good angle for the keeper. It gives him confidence. Watching that
ball onto his foot. Carroll helps it on, but only to Clichy. Zabaleta
fouled by Carroll. A lot of headshaking going on from the West
Ham number nine. Who will be the happier? At the
moment, maybe Slaven Bilic is content that they are still in the
game. City, who are only five points behind Chelsea at the top of the
table, no great panic for them, but there are some very good players in
the City team and they have been kept at bay at the moment. Silva
wanders away from Lanzini and keeps on wondering. The full-back was a
shrug of the ball back intended for Aguero. Played by Obiang. At times,
it's starting to look more difficult for West Ham to defend. It is.
Silva, a great runner with the ball. They keep getting to that byline.
Edimilson Fernandes stops the ball getting anywhere near De Bruyne. A
shimmy away and stop a slip from Qwest well -- Cresswell allowing
Zabaleta to take it up. You can see Sterling making that
wrong. He is going central, looking to make that run aeons the West Ham
back four. That run beyond the West Ham back four. Nordtveit has a
problem. Reid helps him out by putting it out. Doing to men's jobs
at times. Sterling, with his pace, and that threat behind.
Feghouli sort of came out to put the pressure on. Stones over De Bruyne.
Stones over that one. Interesting watching Guardiola from the side. He
seems quite calm tonight. He has been quite patient. I don't think it
was his finest hour, the interview he gave after the midweek games. He
has settled down a bit. Starting to see a bit more purpose and intention
from his team. Going at people. So far, City having almost two thirds
of the ball. Nothing to show for it yet. But it could quickly change.
That was a risky one, and it is a penalty for City. Pablo Zabaleta won
the race to the ball, and in being clipped, Michael Oliver determined
straightaway that it should be a spot kick for the men in sky blue.
Looking at it here, Obiang just catches him. We will see better from
this angle. It is a clip of the heels. Maybe a soft one, but it
catches him. Michael Oliver didn't hesitate, straightaway blowing his
whistle and pointing at the spot. Ogbonna is still protesting. Winston
Reid had a word. He isn't getting a lot of support from his team-mates.
He is going to talk to the linesman -- Ogbonna is saying, go and talk to
the linesman, but he has given it and he isn't going to change his
mind now. Yaya Toure has, in the Premier League, a perfect record,
ten out of ten from the spot. Can he give City the lead in the FA Cup
third round tonight? That is the result it usually is
when he kicks the ball from 12 yards. That is his favourite spot.
An emphatic penalty. The big man brought back into the side in
November to play, you would think, a big part in the rest of City's
season, and he has started it in the FA Cup tonight. He has been a big
player in their recent history. One of their number one men, never in
doubt. Plenty of power, slots it home, keeper no chance.
All the noise at the London Stadium at the moment is Manchester City
noise. What do you make of the call, Martin? It's very close. To be
honest, I don't think I'd be particularly happy if a foul was
given against me for that challenge, but there is an element of contact
to it. Controversial. Zabaleta was impeded, but deliberately so? Does
that matter? He definitely caught him. He was brought crashing to the
ground. Pep Guardiola will be contented with what he has seen so
far tonight. West Ham 0, Manchester City 1. Toure has his fourth goal of
the season. The man who scored the winning goals in the semifinal and
final when Manchester City last won the FA Cup, in 2011. West Ham trying
to get back quickly. Caballero makes the save will stop Feghouli with the
goal at his mercy. West Ham will be hard pushed to get a better
opportunity all evening. Agonising. Feghouli, Antonio, he is the man we
talked about, he cut inside and forces the save and you think he is
going to tap it in. Somehow, he puts it wide.
Caballero looked as though he thought that's me, I am done here.
He was waiting for that to hit the back of the net. Antonio again, he
has that threat, pace, power, unpredictability. Feghouli, you
can't keep him out of the headlines at the moment. Unlucky to be sent
off on Monday. Perhaps this wasn't unlucky. He puts him off, Clichy. He
is stabbing at that in the dark. Top players put those away. He can't
believe he missed that, Slaven Bilic.
Slaven Bilic is just making inquiries as to whether Feghouli was
fouled in trying to put that in. Certainly turned and asked the
question towards those who have the benefit of monitors down in the
tunnel. Yeah, he is clutching at straws there a little bit.
A City throw. Slaven Bilic may feel cheap penalties are the order of the
day, maybe after that one they conceded.
Straight at Adrian. De Bruyne in that central position.
Not frightened to shoot from anywhere.
Carroll again. Antonio.
Much better from West Ham, pressing the ball. Reid again coming up from
the back. Silva sells Aguero short. Reid is coming again.
Antonio. Sagna is strong against him. A bit
of character coming in now from West Ham.
Stones has given the ball back to West Ham with Fernandes. West Ham's
noise level is rising. Reid realised that Sterling was
going to cut off the pass. He is showing composure, Reid. Not just
the blocks and interceptions he is getting, coming out with the ball.
Cresswell is still forward down the left. Sagna makes the block. I would
like to see Lanzini pulling the strings more for West Ham in that
midfield. Carroll makes his way into the
middle. And will stay there for the West Ham corner. The volume
certainly goes up when Carroll lays those balls off to Cresswell. This
one will be delivered in. Looking for the big man. Using Reid as a
shield to make his run. Stones went up for it. Caballero
will now have the time to come and catch.
Sagna to Aguero. Back to Sagna again. Towards
Sterling! What a goal that is.
From one end of the field to the other.
Manchester City have moved the ball quite beautifully to take a 2-0
lead. I mean, it was fantastic build-up
from Manchester City. Sterling. The distance he is covering here, look.
Great ball into the channel. Sagna gives it and goes. Gets it back.
Look at this for a cross. It's perfect! It's saying put me in the
back of the net. It's a goal. It's a peach of a pass. Beautiful ball into
there. Just really... Actually comes off the defender. Sterling is
denied. Yeah, it's Nordtveit with an own goal. Take nothing away from the
build-up. City had that flowing rhythm right from the back to the
front. Sterling was gutted he didn't get the final touch. But it's such a
quality pass there. The defender is forced into that major error.
Caballero only just gets there. Fired by Antonio with Lanzini saying
leave it to me. It's just the quality of the ball
from West Ham, Carroll surviving on scraps. Now City could run away with
it here. It's over to Silva! It's three for Manchester City.
The Cup tie could be all over before it's halfway through.
Once again the ball has been moved quickly from Pep Guardiola's team
penalty area, the full length of the field. West Ham opened up. West Ham
perhaps saying bye to the FA Cup at the first hurdle.
Well, it's almost embarrassing from a West Ham point of view. Sterling
in that central position again. Just gets it back. They've runners coming
from deep. This is almost embarrassing. Stays on side. Look at
the composure. Just a little tap-in. Makes it look so easy. And it is
easy. Embarrassing for West Ham. Two goals in a two-minute spell for
Manchester City. Pep Guardiola went big tonight, in
terms of team selection. West Ham night 0, Manchester City 3. The
fourth round beckons for the boys in blue already. Nothing else now for
West Ham other than to go for broke. We might be seeing payet sooner than
we might otherwise have done in the second half.
They have that quality, City, on the pitch. We talked about it earlier.
Which manager would be happier once they switched on, City, it's the
class of the players that they have. Their movement, their pace. To be
fair, you are looking at West Ham just trying to get the ball wide and
put it in the box. Manchester City playing with so much expression and
movement and fluidity. Carroll offside as he helps it on to
Antonio. Nothing going West Ham's way right now. The Cup tie certainly
isn't. Don't think it's going to be 1980 all over again this season, not
unless there is the most miraculous turnaround after half-time. Against
City playing like this, that's very unlikely.
They look like the away team. I know it's a new stadium, but...
City are way better. You said before the match that you fancied City's
players to really enjoy this stadium. I am trying as a player,
you look back to your previous experiences, playing against Lazio
in the Roma stadium, the atmosphere wasn't like this, but there's so
much space, you don't feel under pressure. Upton Park, I am sure the
players would love to go back to that now, but this is the future. At
the moment it's not a comfortable one.
There are talking points, of course. The penalty will be disputed by
some. The goal that got City going. Then at 1-0 Feghouli had practically
an open goal and a chance of a quick equaliser.
Silva through to Aguero. Sterling in the box for him.
Aguero. Too high for Sterling. Antonio clear.
Won't be clear for long. Half-time can't come soon enough for
Slaven Bilic. It's seconds away. It must be three and no more by the
break for West Ham. Michael Oliver has had a look at the watches. That
will do it in the first FA Cup tie to be played at the London Stadium.
It looks highly like lie it will be the last this season because
Manchester City have powered away, taking the lead through a Toure
penalty. The unlucky Nordtveit then bundled the ball into his own net
under pressure from Sterling. Silva might have put the game beyond the
home STUDIO: Splendid view there of the
stadium. Not so splendid for West Ham, trailing 3-0. It took a while
for the game to warm up but once City got flowing they played some
stuff. Their passing and movement and one-touch football has been too
much for West Ham. Certainly in the last 15, 20 minutes. Yes the penalty
is debatable but after that the way West Ham heads went down is alarming
for their fans and manager. Is this a case of the magnificence of
Manchester City's football? We were worried that possession was slow.
The two chances before the penalty was about runners. Instead of
playing position they got people running behind and the moment they
started doing that the game opened up for them. West Ham, it's all been
too much for them. I thought with Carroll playing the best chance
they've got is to be tight to them and they weren't nowhere near. Win
the ball in areas where they could release Cresswell and Feghouli.
They've been nowhere near it. The turning point obviously is the
penalty. Zabaleta is playing a different position which is
interesting, the fact he is playing midfield. We are used to seeing him
as a fullback. He has made a difference. He is playing the
position very well midfield. This is early on. An excellent chance
blocked from West Ham's best player, a centre-half, Reid. That's another
forward run there. I don't think that's a penalty. I have looked at
it a couple of times. I don't see how he goes to tackle him. He
doesn't attempt to. I don't think it's a penalty. From that moment
He has never missed a penalty for Manchester City. Let's have another
look at this decision. Frank? I think I am on my own here. I think
Zabaleta was pretty clever. There is contact. It is a contact sport. You
don't necessarily have to touch him for him to go down for a penalty. I
don't think Ogbonna goes to even touch the ball. I think it's a bit
clumsy. Zabaleta has got the touch. When you get the touch on the second
foot, that is experience. I'm not saying it's clear-cut. It's so hard
to define. You see penalty sometimes wear a forward is running ahead of a
defender and he flicks his back leg up, catches him and goes down added
a penalty. Sometimes totally accidental. Should it be a penalty?
As much as Zabaleta's experience in a way has bought that penalty,
you've got to see that he's not made a challenge, he's not made a
challenge to try and win the ball. Zabaleta's momentum has taken him
that way. No intention. People keep going on about video replays. Three
people think it's a penalty, one doesn't. How do you settle it? 3-1
win. You don't get a vote. 2-1 then. Still a majority! An own goal, but
some great build-up play from Manchester City. This is when City
started to kick in. People running from behind, and here it is Sagna.
He runs, he keeps moving, and it opens it up. Great goal, great play.
At first, we think Sterling gets a touch, but he puts the defender
under so much pressure that he has no choice but to try and do it. Lee
unbelievable ball in. Brilliant. Right in between the goalkeeper and
defender, it's amazing. Two minutes later, David Silva makes it three.
More good Manchester City play. I like the calmness at the end. West
Ham, everybody has time on the ball, the kind of space he's got, nobody
going with him, Zabaleta, David Silva, it's just class. Just
quality. By now, West Ham are all over the place. They are passing,
they are moving both with and without the ball, and it's been
superb, certainly in the last 15 or 20 minutes. This is the kind of
Guardiola football that we seen in flashes. We saw a lot at the start
of the season. This could be Barcelona, couldn't it? He has got a
direct philosophy and he wants to recreate it here. It will take time,
but when you see it for 20 minutes like that, you see the endgame for
them. You give a team of that quality that time and space, you
will get hammered, like West Ham are experiencing. They did it to Arsenal
few weeks ago. They have had one two opportunities, which fell at
important stages, not when they were 3-0 down. They have. A decent
effort. The keeper should save it. It takes a deflection, but not
enough to disturb him. Antonio Barragan. -- Antonio again. He seems
to give him the freedom of the pitch there and says, go on, in an effort
on goal. When you look at it here, with John Stones, you are thinking,
he has to make a lunging challenge, surely. The first challenge, he gets
a little nick on him, but I don't think he gets close enough. Slaven
Bilic was appealing for a penalty. What do you think? He gets to the
ball first. That's irrelevant. If it's a foul, it's a foul. He has
already kicked the ball! Since when has that been a law? No, because he
has already kicked the ball. He should get the ball in the net. He
wouldn't need to. But he's already kicked the ball. Am I missing
something? It's not a foul, it's not a pal. Not unanimous. Frustrated by
a lot of the West Ham performance but particularly the delivery.
You've got Andy Carroll in the team for these reasons. Cresswell, for
me, brilliant left foot, too close to the keeper, hang it up for him to
attack. They have been occasions when they could have done something.
He is fouled here. But the ball had already gone. This is what Andy
Carroll is in the team for. He has got to put that one in there. Give
him a chance to attack it. Maybe Antonio can get close at the end. He
kicks it out of play! Here, Antonio, a great run, Andy Carroll stops
here, so I can't understand what the ploy is the West Ham. If you are
going to put the ball up in the air, somebody has to get on the end of
it. And they are not even doing that. I don't know where they go
from here, and I kicked them at the start of the game! I'm doing all
right, aren't I? -- I tipped them. At the weekend, west...
I grew up in a footballing family and every year the day of the FA Cup
was always very special. My first cup final, we took the lead early on
through Clive Alan and scored a really good goal. Dave Bennett
equalised for Coventry and, before half-time, Chris Waddle whipped in a
free kick. We both threw ourselves at the ball and it just bounced over
the line. Walking in at half-time and there it is, up in lights,
Tottenham 2, Coventry 1, little did I know. Brilliant goal! It's an own
goal! The only cup final Spurs have ever lost and I scored the winning
goal. Four years later, we got into the final against Nottingham Forest.
In the tunnel, Brian kept turning to Terry and said, Terry, form a hand.
They started to walk out and Brian Clough grabbed Terry's hand. It was
quite a light moment. The first challenge, Paul kicked the ball and
I've followed. The next thing I heard, the referee blew up. I saw
him giving it to Forest and I couldn't understand what had
happened. On his follow-through, he caught Gary quite high up. I thought
I had a chat to Paul, calmed him down, and the second tackle might
not have happened, but they didn't get the chance and I saw Paul going
in for that challenge and it was very rash. Yeah, Paul suffered a
very serious injury. That first half of the cup final, what ever could go
wrong did go wrong. That is Alan's touch of sight. Saved! Very rarely
seen Gary missing a penalty. Got back in again and Paul Stuart got
the equaliser. Got to extra time, marked by Des Walcott. Des walker,
in desperation, threw himself at the ball to try and clear it. You just
look at the faces of Forest, Stuart Pearce, Steve Hodge... The FA Cup is
full of joy and despair. That captures that moment perfectly.
Tottenham Hotspur have won the FA Cup for a record eighth time. That
moment whereby you are given the FA Cup, your elation, you are sharing
it with your team, with the supporters, that moment was an
absolutely phenomenal moment. It sure was. A great player, Garry Monk
that. Great memories as well. And a couple of bad ones! For a start, the
disallowed goal. No winner of sight! I think we will all agree on this.
Brilliant to see. I don't like the celebration. How can you get a
yellow card for that? A great run. That must be horrible. Said they
made bad decisions in the 40s as well! Can we gloss over this one? A
beautiful struck penalty there. Another penalty missed. Same one.
That was useless. You can see Spurs against Aston Villa on Sunday.
Coverage begins at 3:35pm on BBC One. Plenty of action before then as
well. Mo Farah begins his season in the
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Just a few minutes before the second half kicks off. Let's go pitch side
will stop --. Why have one Trevor when you can have two? It will take
some second half if he went to the 1980 FA Cup win is to continue but
it's not been the best 45. Man City have been the better side. A couple
of chances, but 33rd minute, the goal. I thought it was a really soft
penalty. Been here when there was bad decisions in previous games. So,
for me, it wasn't a sending off. That might be claret eyes. A few
minutes later, the shot was saved, Feghouli went on, but he got a great
chance. The few minutes later when he was brought down, that could have
been a penalty. City have been ruthless. The front three, Aguero,
Silva and Sterling have been superb. Silva in particular, his passing is
great. We are getting soaking wet. We have had a great view pitch side
of that Man City performance. At times, it's been superb.
Breathtaking play. The rotation between that three has been
exceptional. We are witnessing tonight why Silva has got the
defender Merlin. His reverse passing has been incredible. Watching it up
closely is great. The teams are coming out. I hope you can enjoy the
second half a bit better. We will head back up to you guys.
Third-round weekend starts here. Here comes Pablo Zabaleta. Silva!
That was a risky one and it is a penalty for City. Incomes Yaya
Toure. What a goal that is! David Silva. Three for Manchester City.
Just so that you know that this punditry business isn't easy, how do
West Ham turn this around? I don't know. You can't have damage
limitation in a cup game. They have to come out and go for it. They have
got 15 or 20 minutes to get something. Does the danger of
humiliation matter? The way they played in the first half, yes. If
they carry on this way, you can only see more goals for City. West Ham
have to try and get a bit closer to them. Their passing has been too
easy, Man City. Thanks, Gary. It will be West Ham to get the
second half started. They have a huge task under way of trying to
score at least three in the next 45 minutes. From Manchester City's
point of view, it looks as though, for the fifth year running, they are
going to get past round three of the FA Cup. They last had that sort of
run between 1994 and 1998, when things were very different for the
blue half of Manchester. Out by Otamendi. Slaven Bilic has not
decided to make a change just yet. It will have been a very difficult
team talk as well. There is element of embarrassment about tonight's
performance. At 3-0, a bit of humiliation creeps in. They will not
want to lose any more goals. At least a bit of reaction, some
character from West Ham. They will not want to capitulate as they did
when Arsenal were there on the 3rd of December and they won 5-1. Three
times as well as that game the Hammers had conceded three times.
And the worry is that Aguero isn't even on the scoresheet yet. It can
only be a matter of time, surely. Antonio. That little break for
Caballero. Aguero is on 153 goals for City. He is their joint third
record scorer, tied with the great Colin Bell. What a player he was. I
am not old enough. Well, there you go. I've seen clips of him.
Surely West Ham's best player, Reid. Without doubt. Says everything,
doesn't it? Some very good blocks that he got in.
City I think will be trying to take the sting out of this now in the
early stages of the second half. This is about growing in confidence,
we are halfway through the season. Certainly confident the way they're
moving the ball tonight. No way through for Zabaleta. Antonio
lifts one Carroll's way. Carroll saying he wasn't happy with the
height of Otamendi's boot in trying to win that. Good balance in that
midfield for City. Zabaleta making a lot of intelligent runs.
Slow build-up. It's almost hypnotising West Ham.
That's going to go behind for a corner.
It's about appreciating your role and your responsibility in the team.
Guardiola is good at that. Players will know what they're doing. He
changes the system so regularly, it's a nice balance to their team
tonight. I think he was seen as a midfielder initially. He is a good
team player, good in the dressing room, as well.
Towards Otamendi. It's clawed away. Ap then bounced up against the hand
of Aguero who scored from that angle against Burnley on Monday. Denied by
Adrian that time. West Ham furious that handball
wasn't given. Rightly so. Stones is getting in too easily. I think it
comes off the arm of Aguero. Linesman on this side really should
see that. Good ball whipped in. Bounced up against his arm and he
had a quick look. That's right, certainly did.
Toure. It's turned in for number four! Aguero got a touch. Aguero
celebrates the goal that has surely killed off the tie for good.
Maybe talking about making changes. This game is well and truly won now.
That was Manchester City fans who made the trip down to east London.
They're going to have a party there tonight. Sterling again down this
left side. Chopping and changing. Just play it is back into the path
of Toure. It's just in that position, just in front of the
goalkeeper. Just gets that little touch. We have said it was a matter
of time before he got his goal. Look at that for a touch. Takes the sting
out of the ball there. West Ham try to battle back with Antonio. It's
all smiles City with Aguero taking his tally for the season to 18. And
154 City goals, one more than even Colin Bell got for the club in the
days of the 60s and 70s. He is a legend at Manchester City all right.
He is a wonderful player. Great pace. Links well with his
colleagues. Seems like he is a nice man, as well, to have around you. No
real ego with him. Just wants to win games and score goals. This could be
big trouble for West Ham because City have shown no signs of lifting
up. We can hear Blue Moon now. Some of the home supporters have headed
for home. It's hard to see if people are coming in or leaving at the
moment. The second half just starting. There is constant moving
up and down the steps. I think they're leaving. There is more white
seats visible. Effortlessly gliding across the
ground again. Aguero getting into a goal scoring
position which for him could be anywhere.
Sterling is handling the ball very well tonight. Good movement, as
well. There is De Bruyne. Steered away by Ogbonna. Carroll
found Lanzini. David Sullivan has plenty to say. If
he had a dream of watching his team win the FA Cup final this season, I
am afraid it's gone already. That dream has turned to a
nightmare. Somebody that did win the Cup with City, against Leicester, he
is at every Manchester City game and loves watching this team just as
much as enjoyed playing for the great team he was in. A real
gentleman, as well, you have to say. City are really in the mood here.
There could be a couple more, dare I say it from the West Ham fans' point
of view. Payet going through gentle warm-ups.
Mission impossible for him if he gets on. There is hardly any point
putting him on, is there? West Ham don't play until next weekend.
Tomorrow it's Crystal Palace who come here. I am sure Sam Allardyce
will get a reception. City have two huge games, Everton and Tottenham.
Zabaleta went tumbling after offloading the ball. It's a free
kick for the visitors. Continues to impress in there, Zabaleta. Just a
little give and go. Just taken out as he tries to get forward.
What is evident is how high the fullbacks are for City. Look at
Clichy on the left side. Sagna the same on the right. Just setting
their stall out. Sterling can't keep the ball. It's
cleared by Obiang. Here is Stones. They create that width and De Bruyne
and Silva have so much space to come into those little pockets.
Manchester City are going to make a change shortly. Nolito is going to
come on. Silva we understand is going to make way, he is going to
get a breather. I think that's good management. You want to protect him.
Noble and Payet ready to take to the field.
That's a stroll for Manchester City now.
Turning into a testimonial? I don't think man City have any
intention of letting off the pace. They want as many as they can get
tonight. That comes from their manager. He is obsessed with winning
and doing things in the correct manner. Here is the City change with
David Silva giving Nolito a run out. Silva will be applauded by not just
City fans but a few West Ham supporters joining in too.
He has been purring all evening long. He has been magnificent. A
stroll in the park for him. He has enjoyed himself. Job done.
Congratulations from his manager. A few West Ham fans, I did mean
literally two or three! Off goes Lanzini. Disappointing, wasn't he?
Noble on to take the captain's armband and a disappointing night
for Andy Carroll, not a happy birthday for him. On comes Payet.
The style of play West Ham is light years away from Manchester City
tonight. Getting the ball wide in the box. I don't think it suits that
here at this new home of theirs. West Ham's throw in. Straightaway he
is on the ball. Antonio has gone down the middle.
Obiang will use Payet once more. Fernandes has joined Antonio. Noble
overcooked that. He is lifting the ball there,
doesn't need to. Keep it on the deck. He is there to pass it. West
Ham have had defensive problems tonight. It's at the other end where
they're being linked with moves in this January transfer window. Made a
bid for Defoe to come back. That was rejected. Looks as though that's
gone. Looking also perhaps at Celtic's
Demble. Scott Hogan. Need to do something to give them a lift,
that's for sure. Want to hold on to that fella, Payet. Talk of him maybe
moving on. The goal that took Aguero past Colin
Bell in the all-time charts. So casual. A deft little touch, outside
of the right foot. A puff of the cheeks from Slaven Bilic. He knows
it's far too easy. Unlucky for Reid who has defended well most of the
night. I think it is important for West Ham
to keep the fans onside and to show good reaction, professional
performance, show they are willing, keep going. Dimitri Payet sparking a
bit of enthusiasm, sparking something for his team. Feghouli
looking for Antonio, and Caballero was not sure which side of the post
that was passing. It will be a corner for West Ham. A good ball,
Feghouli. Antonio, again with that spring that he gets. Just coming off
Otamendi. Gets up well there. Dimitri Payet with the West Ham
corner. Antonio might be the biggest threat, but it doesn't reach him.
Sterling eating up the ground to put the pressure on. Aguero tries to get
in Adrian's I line. Now is -- loads of time for Clichy defined
Caballero. This is actually going even better for City than the last
time they met West Ham in the cup, League Cup semifinal three years
ago, a 3-0 win at Upton Park. That was a second leg. They had won the
first leg 6-0. You saw the quality of Stones, that sort of cutting past
that he whips into the midfield. You've got a coat like that. I have,
but I think this West Ham fan as seen in. -- has seen enough. Reid
backed Ogbonna. That will be a West Ham corner.
Trevor Brooking, not just any old iron, in conversation with the
Ireland manager. Martin O'Neill, once a Manchester City player.
Finding more to talk about than to watch at the moment. Payet's corner.
Headed away and collected by Aguero. He showed the energy to get there.
It was Sagna, trying to turn it into the path of Nolito, who will get it
now. Obiang quickly upon it. The fair for West Ham is leaving holes
and spaces for man's ditty -- Man City to fly into. You feel they can
go up a gear at any moment. City are breaking, with Sterling.
Nordtveit just stepped across to make sure he couldn't get to the
ball again. Adrian tidies up. No letup from City. They want
everything. Sterling has impressed me. He wants to keep going, keep
attacking, keep asking questions. I think Yaya Toure could play that
role well into his 40s. He could almost have a picture out at the
base of that midfield. Talked about his class. -- he could almost have a
deck chair out. This is a stroll for him.
It almost feels as if West Ham have gone down to ten men, such is the
dominance of possession from City. It continues with Bacary Sagna.
Raheem Sterling. Zabaleta has to be quick.
Played straight into the hands of Clichy. I think that is what he's
saying the referee, Michael Oliver. Sterling trying to force his way
through. Is there anything wrong with that? I don't believe so. I
don't think Sterling is ever going to get to that. But he made sure.
Certainly did. Free kick, West Ham. City are about to make another
change. In the build-up, Yaya Toure just
likes to sit quite deep. He splits the defenders, Otamendi and Stones.
Manchester City have the chance to make their change, and Kevin De
Bruyne is going to go off. His run of games without a goal as stretched
to a dozen, but he is about more than just scoring goals, the
Belgian. That will worry him, that he hasn't scored in a while. But he
and Silva, they are the cutting edge of this City team, the creators. For
the final quarter of the game, 19-year-old Aleix Garcia is on, for
his 17th appearance, his first since that match in February. He's now
playing in very different circumstances for a City team who
might score five of their in London. Garcia is straight out of the Pep
Guardiola mould. He will pass and pass. A great chance for him
tonight. Zabaleta offside. Straying offside.
It's just the way that City are just stroking the ball around very
confidently. Looking so supremely confident tonight, aren't they, in
their possession? It really suits them. I bet they wish they could
play here every week. So many injury setbacks in recent
times, but the Man City captain is itching to get back onto the field
and stay on it. You have to feel for him, the number of injuries he has
had to contend with. In every game, he is in the audience even when he
can't play. When he comes back, he Swans back in like he hasn't been
away. He just doesn't stay fit enough for long enough. Aguero just
lent into Nordtveit, hence the West Ham free kick.
Still contesting those sorts of calls, even with his team 4-0 up and
having got is customary goal. -- having got his customary goal. That
ten men victory against Pep Guardiola -- Burnley, that showed
they have got some character and fire and tonight they are back to
their flowing best. Guardiola is feeling a lot better tonight and he
was at the weekend. He is probably back in love with the game of
football again, and I think the game is a lot better for him being in it.
What he creates with his teams, it is almost an art form, the way he
gets everybody's pass the ball, imagination. Not so great if you're
a West Ham fan, but it gives you an idea of the way they have got to go
to improve their game. I also think it's good that he
hasn't just come here and ripped the Premier League apart. He has been
successful in Germany and Spain. It says a lot about the Premier League
that you just -- you don't just come here immediately and win everything.
Are you getting the tube home, Martin? I don't think there will be
a long queue by the time this finishes. No, there will be a bit
less traffic on the roads. Sterling's was the fence. It's going
to be a West Ham free kick and another change. The final one of the
night. Antonio is off and Ashley Fletcher gets a run. The former
Manchester United junior or rather got leapfrogged by Marcus Rashford
at Old Trafford. His only goal for West Ham since making the move to
the capital has been against his old team, United, in the AFL cup. --
EFL. He has been a regular on the bench for West Ham all season. They
tell me 12 months ago he was ahead of Rashford at Manchester United, so
it has been quite a turnaround. He finds himself here. Antonio, I think
it was the right call to take him off. He is such a gallant runner-up,
a worker for his team. Rest him for another day. He played in every
position, gives everything to the cause. Bundled over. West Ham
supporters, those still here, are going to give plenty of backing to
their team to try and get some sort of consolation. This is even too far
out for Payet, surely, from here. Looking all around, sizing up what
will be the best option. A superb free kick in the cut at Manchester
United last March, but it wasn't quite this far away from goal. This
one will be a chip for somebody else at the second run. It's a chip for
nobody. That is West Ham's night. He might as well have had a shot, after
that. He's trying to chip it and the Man City defence comes out very well
and he's caught in two minds and has to adjust and it doesn't come off.
Caballero, looking for Sagna. Too high for him, and now the final Man
City substitution happening. A welcome back to action for someone
who has been something of a forgotten man Fabian Delph is
getting a man. He has only been off the bench twice in the Premier
League this season. He has had a groin problem. Yaya Toure's number
was up, but Michael Oliver is saying that City can delay the substitute
because Sagna might need some more treatment. Well, they are just going
to hold on, just for a moment. Pep Guardiola wants to get the thumbs up
from Bacary Sagna first. I think it's a head injury, isn't it, Sagna?
If Fabian Delph has played right back, he might be coming on there
shortly. He just gets an arm in the face. I think he would go into
midfield and Zabaleta would drop back, if Sagna needs to make way. A
bit of boxing glue applied to the injury. You must have had a few of
those. For sure, far too many of those. Centre forwards, putting
their elbows in my face. Did you have any brushes with Slaven Bilic
on the field? No, I left into Tony Adams. Everybody thought that Tony
Adams scored it in 98, it was the one that set us on our way to win
the double, in a Premier League match, and it came of Slaven Bilic's
head. Quite pleased with that. I like the way you can't say "Double"
without a big grin creeping across your face. All those years later. I
remember it like it was yesterday. His team are going through to the
fourth round of the FA Cup. And West Ham take the throw in, so that Delph
still can't get onto the field. Toure continues for now.
That's going to be added on to the end of the game and prolong the
agony for West Ham. That's right, you just want it to end now if you
are a West Ham player. Now Manchester City can make that
change and it will be Toure to leave the field and Delph will return to
action. He kicked it out himself, he wants to get off. He is going to
have a massive part to play in the second half of this season. A great
leader in there. Good relationship now with the manager, he is back in
favour. They're all smiles, best of friends again. Certainly are. At the
start of the season he was left out of the Champions League squad. It
seemed he would be on his way. You can sure he will be in the squad for
the last 16 when City play Monaco. Didn't pick him until November.
Early bathn the right sense, substituted Toure.
Payet still shows the skills, even if the game is lost. A moment of
magic there, Payet. As far as the tie is concerned, it's
a miracle now that is needed. We have seen it before, we have seen
it in the Cup when a team was 3-0 down at half-time. I think once that
third goal went in here that was it. There's never been a hint of any
reaction. City have just purred for the whole night and controlled every
department of the match. This is a real springboard for them for the
rest of the season. Nolito had that dig that out from
behind. If you are a City player now it's in
these moments that you grow that extra armoury that there is a belief
about the group. You can't recreate this on the training pitch. You do
it here for real. It's been a stroll for them. Of course they've made
their one big transfer window signing, we think, it was made at
the start of August. The 19-year-old Brazilian striker to add more punch
upfront. It gives him options. He wants options. They give you the
belief to win games, centre-forwards.
You wonder now will Guardiola stick with this formation? Had lots of
changes this year. Last year, shall we say. Always has been his way.
Yeah. Players enjoy that bit of stability, I think. Occasionally
let's pick the same 11, the same system.
Here is Fletcher. Nice foot work from Fletcher. But he
is being ganged up on now. And he had no assistance. Aguero through
the middle. Adrian doesn't get there. Stood up to stop ago in the
end. That's going to be a corner. Aguero play it is off the back, off
Nordtveit. Adrian appeals to all in front of him to keep going to limit
any further damage. It's Aguero this time making the run
from a Sterling pass. Those two have been really important tonight for
City. Another foot from Adrian. Nolito to lift one over.
Into John Stones! It's cleared off the line. No t has
crossed the line. Michael Oliver points to the is there. -- to the
centre. John Stones has his first Manchester City goal on a night
where they've flown in for his team at the London Stadium.
John Stones deserve that is tonight. He has had three headers that I have
counted where he has got there first. This one he has done it
again. Far too easy for him but he wants it more than anybody else.
Attacks the ball really well. It's another in-swinger. You see that, he
is first to the ball. Yes, no doubt about it over the line. Noble
couldn't keep it out, instantly the signal went to the watch on Michael
Oliver's wrist and he points to the middle and John Stones points to the
sky. West Ham United 0, Manchester City 5.
Incredible. For West Ham it's a similar feeling to that they will
have had over a month ago when Arsenal scored the same number of
goals here. They want to turn around, they might see a 6th! Well
might they celebrate. It's really important, we talked about the
ingredients, you have to score goals for your team, of course you make
the clearances, but Stones has attacked every corner well. That's a
big improvement from him. Sterling nearly got there in front
of Adrian. You feel for the Spanish keeper.
Kept out of the Premier League team lately. On his return tonight he is
hit for five goals. Over towards Delph.
Manchester City fans are jumping up and down, some watching the match,
some not as their team threaten here. It's a horrible experience for
West Ham in front of their own supporters. City are looking hungry
again. It's Aguero! Enough behind it from Adrian to keep
out the 6th goal, for now, at least. Just enjoying himself, Aguero. Goes
nice and deep. Makes the run. Stealing the shot. Saved by the
keeper. This really has been, and continues to be, a superlative
Manchester City display. Who is next? Towards Stones.
Nolito's effort blocked. Otamendi. Doesn't reach Aguero.
John Stones deals with Fletcher. Payet demands that something is
given. Michael Oliver not bothered by that one bit.
West Ham fans have now left the proceedings, a lot of the fans. Been
second best for all the evening, apart from the first 25 minutes or
half an hour or so, until City got that penalty. It's almost been men
against boys after that. The team is breezing through to the FA Cup
fourth round. Garcia not close enough to Aguero.
In goes Garcia to win the ball back for City.
Such a contrast, West Ham playing in isolation. Everything is joined up
for City, everybody moving off one another. Plenty of options on the
ball. Here we are moving to the last
minute of the 90. Who would be your Man of the Match choice tonight in a
superb team display? There have been lots of good performances, Sterling,
but Silva was magnificent tonight the way he pulled the strings in
there. Ahead of De Bruyne for me, a wonderful player to watch and learn
from, I am sure this man enjoys working with him. He is his kind of
player. David Silva scored the third before half-time which effectively
sealed the tie before it was halfway through.
Payet to Cresswell. This is a real bonus for Pep
Guardiola, progress through to the next round. Noble goes on a run.
It's going to be a City throw. Progress through and he has been
able to bring off Silva, De Bruyne, Toure, with minutes to spare and can
look forward to a nine-day break before a trip to Goodison Park.
Yeah, plenty of time to build on that, to enjoy it. He is used to
that winter break, he didn't get it and he was almost at boiling point.
It wasn't his finest hour, the interview he gave after the game,
but I am sure he will be happy tonight. It's been a wonderful
display from his team and good reaction. I am afraid as Nordtveit
gets set to take the throw, we have a delay because we have a few jokers
on the field, which is the last thing West Ham want.
It's making everything last longer for them.
That's a better shot. BOOING. That's what the West Ham
supporters think about that. Michael Oliver decides that he
doesn't have to prolong it any more. Full-time whistle sounds at the
London Stadium. Pep Guardiola, a man who deals in
trophies, and he has set his side off on the perfect start to traps
winning another one because they have absolutely blown away West Ham
tonight to book their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup. Both
went strong, both named strong sides. Manchester City looked
really, really strong from start to finish. They have breezed through
with a final score at the London Stadium of West Ham 0, Manchester
City 5. It was the first ever FA Cup tie
played at the London Stadium, formerly the Olympic Stadium, and it
happens to be the Hammers' biggest ever defeat at home in the
competition's history. A desperate night for them and their supporters,
who came and packed the stadium this evening, but a great night for Pep
Guardiola, his first FA Cup tie and an emphatic victory. They played
some terrific football at times. They were brilliant and West Ham
could not live with them. Their passing, moving, one touch football,
running in behind and movement off the ball was superb. Once they went
1-0 up, it was alarming how the heads of West Ham went down. Pretty
embarrassing. Slaven Bilic stood on the touchline for 90 minutes. He
didn't show his responsibilities, unlike a lot of his players. Six
defeats at home in all competitions this season. It's definitely an
issue about this stadium at present, even if it's just in the mind. You
can feel it in the stadium. Their performance was passive, it lacked
confidence. The fans tried to get them going but there was a feeling
that they are waiting for a bad turn and, as soon as it came, they threw
the towel in. Very worrying for them. Upton Park is trending on
Twitter. I can imagine. The stadium feels like a nice place to come and
play, big and wide, and when you have got the players with the lack
of intensity of the West Ham players, you got to get closer to
seeing players like that. I understand moving to a new stadium
is new for everyone, but you can't use that as an excuse for lack of
passion and commitment. It goes for both sides. You can't use a new
stadium as an excuse for that, because there was no response from
any West Ham player tonight. You are sat in this brand-new stadium, 15
minutes to go, and it's half empty. 57,000 beforehand, live on TV. An
embarrassing night for West Ham. Do you sense that Slaven Bilic might be
under the cosh a bit now? They haven't been back in the league of
late, but a result like that...? At the moment, I don't think so. What
he gained last year was the respect of global performance, but it
doesn't look now like the problem is him. -- over performance. I think
the problem is the players, on the pitch. It looks like they are
shocking, but I think there is a lack of confidence. And then you
look at their best player, who comes on at the end, the signs are that he
might want to go and then you are really worried. A real confidence
booster for Manchester City and Pep Guardiola. He was a bit prickly at
the weekend. They were fantastic. You give a team like City that kind
of time and space to play and they will cause you problems. Silva was
Man of the Match, Sterling was brilliant today, and Yaya Toure was
playing like he could play for another ten years in that position.
Very comfortable for him. We can hear from one of the goal-scorers,
John Stones, and one of the least busy people that entertained us this
evening, Willy Caballero. A comfortable performance out there
for you. You must have enjoyed being part of that. Definitely. I thought
we moved the ball well. First and foremost, that got us the chances.
We changed our system a bit today and played with a diamond. I thought
it worked really well, with the front three of Raheem Sterling and
so on. The overall performance was really good. To get a clean sheet as
defenders, which we haven't had too many this season, we are thrilled. A
clean sheet and a goal, your first in a City shirt. Must have been
nice. It's been a long time coming! I should have scored a few in
previous games. It's nice to get one in a special cup. Willie, when you
come into games like this, how important is it as a goalkeeper to
keep the goals out? Reid for all the team, it is very important. For all
the team, it is very important. I think we will feel more better when
we keep going this way. And I think we finish our complete performance
tonight. How important was this performance and the result in the
development of the team under Pep Guardiola? Every game is important.
We have to start this cup against a big team with a history in this cup.
It was a big game. And we started out very well. And I think, after
the last game in the Premier League, it was very important to take a
confidence that we can play in our game on in our way, and we really
enjoyed the way that we finish. Well done, guys. Thank you. You can look
back on all sorts of different games, but there is normally a
defining moment that changes things, and it was definitely the penalty
decision. Before that, it was relatively easily. There wasn't a
lot in it. Gleaned from David Silva and a run from Zabaleta. The way it
passed from Silva into Zabaleta, and I don't think that he went for the
ball. But, Frank, you do. I do. I think it's a bit clumsy, the content
is there. I agree it isn't clear-cut, but for me it is. From
there on, it was a dominant performance from Man City, and it
wasn't too long before the goals started. Even if it wasn't a
penalty, which they may have complained about, they didn't have
any reaction to it. So they can't complain. A fantastic ball right in
that area where the defender and goalkeeper are in no man's land. You
just need a forward and get on the end of it. In the end, the defender
put it in. A brilliant ball. They deserved that. At this stage, you
are seeing good players playing with great confidence. They have got the
goals and their passing and movement. West Ham couldn't live
with them. The third goal was another example of that. Terrible
defending. They completely gave up here. You can't defend like that.
Still a long way to go in the game, and that is gung ho to the extreme.
Again, talking that runners, an easy goal in the end when you get to that
stage. This is pure class. That is what David Silva is all about. Quite
rightly Man of the Match, and that moment sums him up. He was brilliant
tonight, the way he controlled the ball, and his passing and movement,
superb. He is a delightful footballer. There are four of us in
this room and we all quite like the feeling of scoring goals. Also, when
your team starts to bag a few and you haven't got one! I suspect
Sergio Aguero is of the same ilk. Even before, he was thinking, it 3-0
and he ain't on the sheet yet! When you look at how much space Yaya
had... Equals into him. The touch is brilliant. If you look at it from
this angle, he takes it off luckily. Beautiful. That sort of sound West
Ham up. They were a second late to everything. By the time they
realised they were in trouble and make the effort to close the ball
down, it was too late. You can't give good players that amount of
time and space. Looking at that again with Aguero, he mis-hit that,
Yaya Toure, and Aguero's instinct was to go where the ball was going.
That's unbelievable. You can't teach it. You don't need to. I know full
well you're thinking! John Stones, what do you make of his
progress? He scored his first goal for Manchester City delight, giving
him more confidence. He kind of divides opinion. I like him and I
want to like him. He is a defender that we are looking for for England
and Manchester City, and the way he plays, there have been times this
season where he is so relaxed on the ball, you want him to show a bit
more urgency and be more careful. There are times when he defends, as
he did with a couple of West Ham chances, and you want them to be
more active and get tighter. But that goal and give him confidence.
His first goal of the season, and that will give him confidence go
forward. I bet you wish you had had goal-line technology! I think we all
do. How far are City off being the real deal? How many players do they
need to bring in? I think three, a goalkeeper and another forward, in
case anything happens to Aguero, and another defender. They've got a
goalkeeper. I sent that might not happen. Full-backs, they could
invest in. In terms of the title race, are they still in it? They
have so much quality in their side, you can't write them off. At the
start of the season, they won ten games, bang. If you wanted to add to
it, it's quite difficult in this transfer window. It is but, from
being at Man City for a year, I know the owners and they will back him.
They had four at the back today and I think it suits them. When they go
to three, they might be expansive on the ball, but they give holes behind
them. In terms of West Ham, they have got to kind of stopped the rot
here, and today. They've got to start winning games on a regular
basis at home. Absolutely. I don't think they are in any real danger of
being relegated, they are better than that, but they have to show
more urgency and passion and more of a reaction when things are not going
right for them, because that would be the most disturbing thing
tonight, when the first goal went in, you could really see their heads
going down. The manager is standing on the touchline, urging his players
along. As I said, he didn't walk away from the crowd. It would be
easy for him to go and sit back in his dugout, but he stood out there,
taking the stick from the fans, but he has to get something better from
the players on the pitch. They are said to have made offers for Jermain
Defoe and Robert Snodgrass. But it's hard to prise them away, because
those teams need them. Teams that generally get sucked in, and they
could do, they need goal-scorers to get results. Jermain Defoe has done
for Sunderland and maybe he could do here. The expectation is high I
suppose because of how they performed last season so, this
season, ring just above the relegation zone, there is a bit more
fear and disappointment. -- hover just above. Also that they are
losing at home. You have to look at their main players. Antonio seems to
have picked up from where he left off last season, but it's strange to
see Dimitri Payet coming on at 4-0. Is the manager tried to prove a
point, bringing a forward on at 4-0 at home? He is saying, I'm the boss?
It felt like that, because it seemed strange to bring him on. Rest in. He
is an integral player who needs to do a lot more for them. -- rest him.
Were they right to come to this particular stadium? 20,000 more
supporters, a beautiful ground... The of a lifetime, wasn't it? They
literally got for peanuts, in respect of what they should be pain.
Here is Pep Guardiola. A comfortable night, but what please choose the
most? They win, of course. -- what pleased you the most. Finally, we
were able to keep the ball more than the last games, it was almost
impossible, so we played much better in that sense. We created chances
and conceded few. For the penalty, we had three or four chances. After,
OK, the second and third goal, it was easy for the second half. How
important was it for you in this competition to put in a performance
like that and show everybody else that you are serious and want to win
this trophy? It is always important, FA Cup first round, West Ham, but
hopefully it can make us help to make our players believe us that
they are good enough to play every game and Triumph, in both our fans
and the people in Manchester, they can believe that we are good. Then
they know what happened in the past, but so we are the good guys, so they
bore the season are going to fight a lot, playing good. -- all the
season. They have to believe they are able to compete wherever,
whatever team. Well done. Pep Guardiola. We are just about out of
time. Frank, before you go, what are your plans? Are you going to play,
go into management, TV? I don't know. I enjoyed this tonight. At the
moment, I'm keeping fit. If I play again, it has to be completely right
for me. I had a good, long career, so it has to be the right choice.
I'm relaxed about it and we will see full thank you very much. We are out
of time in a stadium famous for super Saturday. For West Ham
tonight, it was a frightful Friday. Farewell. Third-round weekend starts
here. The start of the road to Wembley for
the top two tier teams of the country, and one of the biggest will
go no further than this. That was a risky one and it is a penalty for
City. Here comes Yaya Toure. Emphatic penalty. Sterling! What a
goal! David Silva! It is three for Manchester City. Toure, turned in
for number four. And Aguero celebrates. Into John Stones! West
Ham United U Merrick zero, Manchester City 5.
We're looking for someone who can sing, someone who can move.