Five star West Ham progress to the quarter finals

Five star West Ham progress to the quarter finals
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Blackburn Rovers
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West Ham United
Blackburn Rovers: Steele, Marshall, Duffy, Ward (c), Henley, Bennett, Lenihan, Akpan, Conway(Jackson, MIN. 59), Taylor, Brown(Watt , Min.78)
West Ham United: Randolph, Antonio, Collins, Ogbonna Oxford , Min. 78), Cresswell, Noble (c),( Song MIN.72) , Kouyate, Obiang (Lanzini , MIN. 67), Payet, Emenike, Moses
SCORE: 1-0, min. 20, Marshall. 1-1, min. 26, Moses. 1-2, min. 36, Payet. 1-3, min. 64, Emenike. 1-4, min. 86, Emenike. 1-5, MIN. 90+2, Payet.
REFEREE: Jonathan Moss (Sunderland) . Booked: Lenihan, (Min.84) Taylor (Red Card, Min. 55) Kouyate (Red Card, Min. 76)

Thank you for joining me today, following my minute-by-minute commentary on what was an enthralling fixture at Ewood Park this afternoon! I've been Tom Mason, and until next time, good evening! 

There we have it, a massive win for the Hammers, whose quality showed in the end and the performance of Payet was superb and you can see why they have signed him up on a five year deal.

Full-time: Blackburn Rovers 1-5 West Ham United

90+2: More on goal, Payet beats six players on his way through to the box and smashes a brillaint finish in to the top corner of the net. What a signing.


90:  Two minutes of added time. 

86: Emenike gets his second of the game as he beats the offside trap and takes the ball past Steele with a step-over and fires it into the empty net.

GOAL! Emenike nets his second of the game.

84: Even with ten men the Hammers are completely outclassing the hosts as Payet and Lanzini are running the show. This could easily be 5 or 6, but with just six minutes remaining you would expect the Hammers to ease through the 1/4 final stage.

81: Antonio plays in Moses, whose strike is easily saved by Steele.

78: S‚Äčecond change for Rovers, Tony Watt on for Chris Brown

78: Final change for West Ham, Reece Oxford on for Angelo Ogbonna

76: Kouyate the latest player to be dismissed as he completley chops down Henley when through on goal. The free-kick is hit straight into the wall and the Hammers break forward.

ANOTHER RED CARD! Kouyate off for stopping a goal scoring chance.

72: It is indeed Song on to replace Noble for the final 20 minutes of so.

70: West Ham are preparing Alex Song to come on, we are hearing that it will be the skipper Mark Noble to make way.

68: The Hammers have their third through Emenike who slots in after a square ball from Kouyate to end the game as contest.

GOAL FOR WEST HAM! Emenike's effort counts this time.

63: West Ham think that they have their third but, it's chalked off for offside as Steele makes a great save from Moses, but Kouyate's strike is ruled out.

59: First change of the afternoon for the hosts sees Conway replaced by Jackson.

55: As if the task wasn't difficult enough already the hosts are reduced to ten men as Taylor is show his marching order for a late second challenge.


52: Blackburn have started the second half really well as Lenihan's low shot from 25 yards flying wide of the left upright. Game is definatley on now an the visitors have been rocked by the start of the hosts to the half.

48: Marshall gets forward well, but his tame shot is easily gathered by Randolph.

45: Back underway. No changes for either side at the break in this brillaint cup-tie can the hosts get back into it early in the second half?

An exciting first-half comes to an end with the visitors deservedly 2-1 to the good after a brillaint free-kick from Payet and a smart finish from Moses cancelled out Marshall's opener for the hosts.

Half-time: Blackburn 1-2 West Ham United

43: Nothing comes from the corner as a delivery from the impressive Payet and it's Collins who rises highest but, his effort is well over the bar.

42: Corner to the Hammers as a decent ball from Antonio sets up Kouyate who wins his side a corner. All West Ham at the moment.

36: WOW- Payet has done it again, he is fouled 28 yards out and he steps up and curls it in to the top corner of the next to give the visitors a deserved lead. 1-2!

GOAL! Payet with a stunning free-kick!

33: The visitors are all over Rovers now as a spell of good possesion ends with Payet finding Antonio, but his shot is deflected in to the arms of Steele.

28: The Hammers appeal for a penalty as an Aaron Creswell cross picks out Kouyate who goes down, but Moss waves away the protests.

26: The Hammers winger breaks from the half-way line through to the edge of the area and a low strike beats Steele. 1-1!

GOAL! Moses levels for the Hammers!

20:  From the resulting corner the hosts take the lead as the corner is cleared, but it falls straight to Marshall who beats his man and fires the Championship side into the lead from 25 yards out. 1-0!

GOAL! Marshall puts the hosts ahead!

19: Some great work from Taylor down the Blackburn right wins his side a corner.

18: It looks as if Payet has been given more of a free role by Bilic, but he has yet to really come into the game and is being marked will by the hosts. Close game so far neither side can just quite grab that opportunity when it comes. Hosts more than playing their part in this one and the visitors are yet to really have any clear-cut chances.

14: The first corner of the game comes as Ogbonna heads a long throw behind. Bennett takes it and whips in a decent ball, but Akpan heads well over from inside the box- best chance of the game so far.

10: Nothing comes from the set-piece which sets the visitors on the counter, but Lenihan commits a cynical foul on Kouyate to stop him going any further.

9: The host win a free-kick in a dangerous posistion after a foul on Brown over by the left touchline.

6: Some good play between Taylor and Bennett, who is able to fire in a cross, but Brown just can't reach it and it goes out for a goal-kick.

4: The first chance of the game comes as Payet's free-kick falls to Moses on the edge of the area, but Duffy is there to make the vital block.

0: Kick-off, we're underway at Ewood Park.

Elsewhere in the cup, there is two other ties taking place today as an all premier league encounter is set at Selhurst Park with kick-off at 3:00pm. Then the tie of the round between Chelsea and Manchester City kicks off at 4:00pm and you can follow it here right after the conclusion of this game at Ewood Park.

As for Rovers they make five changes for this one, sticking in an extra midfielder with Chris Brown playing up top on his own.

The visitors make four chances for the tie as Both teams go strong in this one, but the visitors look as if they are playing winger Antonio at right-back as Byram and Tomkins are both unavailiable. Emenike makes his first start for the club in place of Sakho.

West Ham subs: Raya (GK), Kilgallon, Hanley, Watt, J. Gomez, Evans, Jackson.

Blackburn Rovers subs: Raya (GK), Kilgallon, Hanley, Watt, J. Gomez, Evans, Jackson.

West Ham XI: Randolph, Antonio, Collins, Obgonna, Cresswell, Noble (c), Kouyate, Obiang, Payet, Emenike, Moses.

Blackburn Rovers XI: Steele, Marshall, Duffy, Ward (c), Henley, Bennett, Lenihan, Akpan, Conway, Taylor, Brown.

We've got some confirmed team news!

We'll have all the breaking team news and updates from 1:00 PM (GMT) so stay with VAVEL UK for the live cup action as it unfolds on Sunday afternoon, in a tie which is looking like being an absolute cracker.

The man in charge of today's game will be 45-year-old John Moss from Durham. So far in his career he has officiated in 342 professional matches and is one of the top referees in the Premier League currently. The assistants for this game will be Gary Beswick and Mark Scholes; the fourth official is Kevin Friend.

History and league places suggest that West Ham should win this one easily, but the lower league clubs do tend to raise their games when a top ten Premier League club comes to town and Blackburn will be no pushovers in this one. West Ham may make some changes as they are well placed in the league, which may offer the Championship club more of a chance of victory.

Blackburn are really struggling this season in the Championship and currently lie in 19th place, so a good cup run could be a welcome distraction for them and their new manager Paul Lambert. Rovers reached the sixth round before being beaten by Liverpool in a replay at Ewood Park last season. The visitors they are currently seventh in the Premier League and looking like they could reach European football once more, although a cup run would be more than welcome for Slaven Bilic's side.

Blackburn will be without both January signings, Danny Graham and Matt Grimes, as they are cup-tied. Midfielder Hope Akpan could return after missing the win over Fulham due to illness. Other than that the home side have a strong squad to call upon for the visit of the Premier League club.

The Hammers they will remain without forwards Andy Carroll and Enner Valencia, who have adductor and ankle problems respectively. Right-back Sam Byram is cup-tied after appearing in the competition for leads at an earlier stage. Manuel Lanzini could feature after six weeks on the sidelines with a thigh injury.

Thomas Hitzlsperger celebrates scoring the last time these two met. | Image source: The Guardian
Thomas Hitzlsperger celebrates scoring the last time these two met. | Image source: The Guardian

The hosts come in this game in decent form having won three of their last six games, drawing twice and tasting defeat just once in all competitions. They will fancy their chances of getting at least a replay, to have the chance to take the Hammers back to the Boylen Ground. As for the visitors, they come into this one in great form of their own having the exact same record as their opponents.

The last time that these two came up against each other was all the way back in 2011 in the Premier League, as the two played out an exciting 1-1 draw at Upton Park. In fact the last five meetings between the two have all ended in draws, all being either 0-0 or 1-1. The last time the two came up against each other in the FA Cup was in January 2006 when the Hammers came out on top in a high-scoring encounter, 4-2.

Both sides have enjoyed great runs in order to reach this stage, as Championship side Blackburn have seen off lower league opposition in both of the previous rounds - in the form of Oxford United and Newport County. The visitors have endured a slightly more difficult route, edging past Wolverhampton Wanderers before beating Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool in the last minute of extra-time at the Boyeln Ground.

Good afternoon and welcome to our live commentary of Blackburn Rovers - West Ham United in the fifth round of the FA Cup. We'll have all the build-up, minute-by-minute coverage and reaction throughout the day; stay right here on VAVEL.