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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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