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Match Preview: West Ham United v Macclesfield Town

25 September 2018

The Silkmen return to Carabao Cup action this evening, as we make the long journey down to the Olympic Stadium to take on Premier League side West Ham United.

It’s the first time that The Silkmen have ever reached this stage of the competition and it will be the first encounter with a Premier League side since Wigan Athletic visited the Moss Rose in 2013.

Mark Yates’ side will be confident going into the tie, having already produced two heroic results against higher league opposition.

The Silkmen knocked out League One side Bradford City in the First Round, before going on to preserve our proud penalty shootout record by knocking out Walsall in Round Two.

Tonight's opponents meanwhile head into the tie having beaten AFC Wimbledon 3-1 in the Second Round and come into the game off the back of a hard-earned 0-0 draw with Chelsea at the weekend.

Having been FA Cup victors on three occasions, the League Cup is one trophy that has eluded The Hammers throughout their long and proud history.

The club have claimed the League Cup runners-up spot on two occasions - in 1966 and 1981.


Team News

Callum Evans will be out of the tie after suffering concussion during Saturday's trip to Morecambe.

Long term absentees Jordan Ponticelli, Ryan Lloyd and Elliott Durrell remain  out for the foreseeable future as they enter continue their respective rehabilitation programmes.

West Ham are expected to make a number of first-team changes to the side who played against Chelsea on Sunday, with the star-studded names of Andriy Yarmolenko and Felipe Anderson unlikely to be on display tomorrow evening.


Last Time Out - West Ham United 4-1 Macclesfield Town

Ten years ago Macclesfield’s hearts were broken at Upton Park, as The Hammers required extra-time to defeat a gritty Silkmen side.

Keith Alexander’s team had taken an early lead as Gareth Evans had headed in a Ahmed Deen’s corner.

The home side failed to break down a resilient Silkmen defence until the 75th minute, when West Ham controversially equalised through former Leeds midfielder Lee Bowyer.

The Silkmen were then reduced to ten men as Izak Reid was shown a second yellow late in normal time and the man disadvantage paid dividends in extra-time as West Ham scored three goals to give the final score a rather one-sided slant. 


The Opposition

One of the most famous names in English football, West Ham United are one of nine clubs who have never been relegated below the second tier and boast three FA Cup titles to their proud history.

After finishing 13th last season, The Hammers parted ways with manager David Moyes and appointed Premier League title winner Manuel Pellegrini on a three-year contract.

A summer spending spree ensued and David Gold dipped into his pockets to bring in a host of European talents such as Issa Diop, Felipe Anderson and Jack Wilshere.

The Hammers haven’t made the brightest of starts to their Premier League campaign, having lost four of their opening games - which included a 4-0 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield, before succumbing to a 2-1 loss at home to Bournemouth the following week.

But Pellegrini’s side look to have turned it round as they secured a 2-1 victory at Goodison Park thanks to a Yarmolenko brace, before holding Chelsea to a stalemate last weekend in a game they could quite easily have won.


One To Watch - Robert Snodgrass

The energetic winger returns to the London Stadium this season, having spent the last year on loan at Aston Villa.

Snodgrass was an instrumental member in Villa’s campaign, scoring eight goals and providing thirteen assists as Steve Bruce’s side made the Play-Off final before being defeated by Fulham.

The 31-year-old arrived at the Hammers in 2017, becoming Slaven Bilic’s second January acquisition for a fee of £12 million from Hull City.

Brought in as a potential replacement for Dmitri Payet, Snodgrass’ first six months as a Hammer proved to be difficult. But now he has returned with the full support of a new manager, the midfielder is looking to prove a point.


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Match Reports

Match Report: West Ham United 8-0 Macclesfield Town

26 September 2018

Macclesfield Town’s Carabao Cup campaign ended under the bright London lights after Premier League side West Ham United were just too good for Mark Yates’ Silkmen.

There are 74 teams separating Macc from the Irons in the football pyramid, and first half goals from Michael Antonio, Robert Snodgrass and Lucas Pérez put the game beyond doubt at the interval. This was despite some impressive defensive heroics from Kieran O’Hara and Danny Whitaker.

Ryan Frederick, Angelo Ogbonna and another finish from Snodgrass doubled the Hammers’ advantage before an hour had passed. Debutant Grady Diangana then netted twice to make it eight.

Despite the hosts dominating the early proceedings and racking up their corner count, Macc were holding their own, with all the noise in the London Stadium coming from the away end as the Silkmen looked for a chance on the break.

After winning a throw-in deep inside the Hammers’ half, the visitors came closest to opening the scoring, as Pearson’s delivery was flicked into the path of Harry Smith, who’s goal-bound effort was spectacularly clawed away by the wrong-footed Adrián.

Macc then had Whitaker to thank for keeping the scores level, making a goal-line clearance from Declan Rice’s header. However, the early Hammers substitute had the last say, chipping to Antonio who nodded past O’Hara from six yards.

It was two for the hosts three minutes later, Robert Snodgrass poaching into a largely open net after James Pearson did his best to mop up an effort from Diangana that was trickling over the line.  

O’Hara then made a fine save with his foot to deny Ogbonna West Ham’s third, a goal which eventually came from Lucas Pérez in the 40th minute, who slotted home Aaron Cresswell’s cross from the left. It was a finish that would have left any shot stopper stranded.

Whitaker then made his second goal-line clearance of the night, this time denying Ogbonna from another Manuel Pellegrini corner routine and displaying his experience across the entire pitch.

Half-time: West Ham United 3-0 Macclesfield Town

The Hammers continued where they left off, Fredericks working himself some room on the right before drilling across O’Hara’s goal into the top far corner.

The Silkmen then caught the Hammers sleeping in the 53rd minute, as a rapid break fell to Harry Smith in the penalty area. The target-man then knocked the ball back to Whitaker, who could only fire straight at the gloves of Adrián.

However, from the next passage of play, the Hammers won a corner which Ogbonna nodded into the net from eight yards out. Even Whitaker couldn’t stop that one.

Snodgrass then slid into the penalty area to side-foot home his second of the day on the hour mark, after a piercing run by Fredericks down the right flank to tee him up, six minutes before Diangana finished a neat one-two on the edge of the area in the 67th minute.

It was Whitaker who created a consolation chance for Macc, cleverly back-heeling to David Fitzpatrick who burst through the West Ham set-up.

After a one-two from Nathan Blissett, Fitzpatrick found himself bearing down on goal, but the full-back’s shot only found the away end behind Adrián’s net.

Just as Macc seemed to settle, West Ham had their eighth, substitute Joel Powell rolling the ball to Diangana who tucked away his second.

Attendance: 24, 833

West Ham United: Adrián, Cresswell, Snodgrass, Obiang (Coventry 45’), Sánchez (Rice 9’), Ogbonna, Diop, Fredericks, Pérez, Antonio (Powell 61’), Diangana.

Unused subs: Fabianski, Balbuena, Yarmolenko, Masuaka.

Macclesfield Town: O’Hara, Fitzpatrick, Lowe (Welch-Hayes 68’), Kelleher, Grimes, Marsh, Smith (Blissett 58’), Napa (Arthur 58’), Maycock, Pearson, Whitaker.

Unused subs: Simpson, Hodgkiss, Wilson, Vincenti.

By Matt Bates

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Ticket News

West Ham Initial Ticket Allocation Sold Out

21 September 2018

Macclesfield Town would like advise supporters that our initial allocation of tickets for Wednesday night trip to West Ham United have now sold out.

As a result, we will be unable to sell any more tickets from the Moss Rose - however these will be available at the London Stadium prior to the game on Wednesday evening.

The prices of these will remain the same and are as follows -

All Adults / Disabled - £15.00

Under 16 - £5.00

Carer - Free.

Supporters who will be purchasing on the night are advised to arrive at the London Stadium as early as possible to avoid queues.

We would like to thank everyone who has bought tickets for the game - your support is outstanding once again.

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