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WEST BROMWICH ALBION v WEST HAM UNITED
FA Cup 5th Round
Saturday 14th February 2015, 12:45pm
The Hawthorns

MATCH NOTES

The game will be the 99th competitive meeting of the two clubs. Both Albion and the Hammers currently have 38 wins to their name.

Albion's last game on this date came in 2004 when goals from Neil Clement and Lee Hughes gave Gary Megson's promotion chasing side a 2-1 win over Cardiff City at The Hawthorns.

West Ham's last game on February 14 came in 2012 when a Mark Noble penalty earned the Hammers a point from a 1-1 draw with Southampton in a Championship clash at Upton Park.

Six of the last nine meetings between the two sides have ended in draws.

Albion have won only four of their last 18 FA Cup matches against teams from the top two tiers of English football (W4 D7 L7).

The Baggies are looking to reach the quarter-final stage of the competition for only the third time in 33 years.

Albion's last six games: Swansea City (H) 2-0; Burnley (A) 2-2; Tottenham Hotspur (H) 0-3; Birmingham City (A, FAC) 2-1; Everton (A) 0-0; Hull City (H) 1-0.

West Ham's last six games: Southampton (A) 0-0; Manchester United (H) 1-1; Liverpool (A) 0-2; Bristol City (A, FAC) 1-0; Hull City (H) 3-0; Everton (H, FAC) 2-2 (9-8 on pens).

TEAM NEWS

Albion

Recent signing and newly appointed captain Darren Fletcher is cup-tied so Chris Brunt will once again lead the side just a week after losing the armband.

Youssouf Mulumbu has returned to the club after being away on African Cup of Nations duty whilst Swedish defender Jonas Olsson may make his first start in four months after finally recovering from his Achilles injury.

Victor Anichebe is a major doubt due to a groin problem but Callum McManaman should feature despite picking up a knock in the win over Swansea last Wednesday.

West Ham United

Goalkeeper Adrian is available after having his appeal against his red card in Wednesday's goalless draw at Southampton upheld.

Kevin Nolan (foot) and Mark Noble (virus) could return after missing the game at Southampton but Andy Carroll is out after suffering a knee injury at St Mary's.

James Collins and Winston Reid (both hamstring) remain sidelined.

MATCH ODDS

Result

Albion Win: 6/4, West Ham United Win: 19/10, Draw: 11/5.

First Goalscorer

Albion: Berahino 11/2, Ideye 6/1, Anichebe 6/1, McManaman 15/2, Sessegnon 8/1, Gardner 11/1, Brunt 12/1, Dorrans 14/1, Morrison 16/1, Dawson 20/1, McAuley 25/1, Lescott 25/1, Mulumbu 25/1, Baird 33/1, Yacob 33/1, Olsson 33/1, Pocognoli 33/1.

West Ham United: Sakho 13/2, Valencia 7/1, Cole 8/1, Nolan 9/1, Downing 10/1, Noble 14/1, Jarvis 14/1, Amalfitano 14/1, Kouyate 16/1, Cresswell 25/1, Song 25/1, Tomkins 25/1, Jenkinson 33/1, Poyet 33/1, Collins 33/1, O'Brien 33/1, Reid 33/1.

No Goalscorer: 17/2.

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REFEREE

Martin Atkinson (West Yorkshire)

Atkinson will be taking charge of an Albion game for the first time this season.

He took charge of one Albion game during 2013/14 - the 2-1 win at Swansea City in March.

The West Yorkshire official has taken charge of four West Ham games this season - the 3-0 win at home against Hull City in January, the 2-0 win at home to Leicester City in December, the 2-1 win at home against Manchester City in October and the 2-2 draw at Hull in September.

Atkinson has handed out 114 yellow cards and three red in the 29 games he has refereed so far this season.

A full run-down of Atkinson's history refereeing the Baggies can be found here

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets are on general sale priced at £20 (adults) £15 (seniors) £10 (under21s, students) and £5 for under 17s and will remain on general sale to supporters up until kick off.

WEATHER FORECAST

Light showers, 7°C.

FIXTURE HISTORY

The first ever meeting between the teams came in a friendly match in London in March 1896, Albion beating the Hammers, who at that time were known as Thames Ironworks, 4-2. The game was played under electric floodlighting.

Albion and the 'Hammers' first met in competitive action during the 1912/13 season. The then non-league West Ham knocked Albion out of the FA Cup, winning 3-0 in a 1st round 2nd replay at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea.

The 1923/24 season saw the first league meetings between the two clubs. United won the first game at Upton Park 1-0 before playing out a 0-0 draw a week later at The Hawthorns.

Albion's biggest win over the Hammers is 7-1, achieved at The Hawthorns in October 1925, Welsh international Stan Davies scoring a hat-trick.

The Baggies have also recorded two 5-1 victories, in November 1931 at Upton Park and in May 1985 at The Hawthorns.

The Hammers' biggest win over Albion came in April 1965 when they ran out 6-1 winners at Upton Park with Brian Dear scoring five of the goals. United also beat Albion 5-2 in East London in November 1988 in the short-lived Simod Cup competition, Leroy Rosenior hitting four of the hosts' goals in that game.

Albion and West Ham have met eight times previously in FA Cup action, the Baggies winning just one of those games - a 3rd round tie at Upton Park in January 1953 when goals from George Lee, Reg Ryan, Ronnie Allen and Johnny Nicholls gave the visitors a 4-1 victory.

The clubs last met in the FA Cup in January 1993 in a 3rd round tie at The Hawthorns, the Hammers going through 2-0 with goals from Clive Allen and Mark Robson.

A full fixture history between the two teams can be found here

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

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Saturday 13 September 2008 - Albion 3-2 West Ham United - Premier League - The Hawthorns
Saturday 8 November 2003 - West Ham United 3-4 Albion - League Division One - Upton Park
Saturday 2 January 1993 - Albion 0-2 West Ham United - FA Cup 3rd Round - The Hawthorns
Saturday 1 December 1990 - West Ham United 3-1 Albion - Second Division - Upton Park
Saturday 3 May 1986 - Albion 2-3 West Ham United - First Division - The Hawthorns
Tuesday 8 January 1980 - West Ham United 2-1 Albion - FA Cup 3rd Round Replay - Upton Park
Saturday 12 November 1977 - West Ham United 3-3 Albion - First Division - Upton Park
Wednesday 23 March 1966 - Albion 4-1 West Ham United - League Cup Final 2nd Leg - The Hawthorns

LAST MEETING AT THE HAWTHORNS

Albion 1-2 West Ham United
Barclays Premier League
Tuesday 2nd December 2014, 8.00pm

Albion: Foster, Wisdom, Lescott, Dawson, Baird (Ideye 83), Gardner (Varela 65), Brunt (Mulumbu 45+2), Dorrans, Sessegnon, Anichebe, Berahino. Subs not used: Myhill, Gamboa, McAuley, Samaras.

Goalscorer: Dawson 10

Booked: Brunt 34 (foul)

West Ham United: Adrian, Reid, Cresswell, Nolan (c), Tomkins, Kouyate, Carroll (Valencia 65), Zarate (Cole 77), Downing, Jenkinson, Amalfitano (Collins 65). Subs not used: Jaaskelainen, Jarvis, O'Brien, Demel.

Goalscorers: Nolan 35, Tomkins 45

Booked: Tomkins 18 (foul)

Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)

Attendance: 23,975

West Ham hit back to win 2-1 at West Brom and heap more pressure on Baggies boss Alan Irvine. Kevin Nolan and James Tomkins cancelled out Craig Dawson's early opener as the hosts slipped to their fourth straight defeat. The Hammers, though, remain fifth in the Barclays Premier League after another impressive victory. Dawson had become the first Albion player to score in 370 minutes but the Baggies' dream start turned into a nightmare before the break. They had recalled Chris Baird and Victor Anichebe with Sebastien Pocognoli, sidelined with a dead leg, and Youssouf Mulumbu, dropping to the bench. West Ham were without midfielder Mark Noble, who failed to recover from the calf injury he suffered in their 1-0 win over Newcastle. It meant Nolan returned with Winston Reid and Mauro Zarate.

The Baggies needed a quick start after their recent slump and they got it after 10 minutes. Anichebe and Graham Dorrans had already gone close before they grabbed the goal their start merited. The former was fouled on the left and Dawson arrived unmarked to crash in Dorrans' free-kick from six yards. The Baggies, so passive in losing to Arsenal on Saturday, seemed to have learned their lessons as they took the game to West Ham, only for their momentum to ebb away. They survived a scramble when Ben Foster saved from Nolan's hooked shot and Cheikhou Kouyate could not force a leveller. It lifted the Hammers after their slow start and they took control and, as against Arsenal, Albion wilted and inevitably conceded on 35 minutes. Referee Mike Jones awarded a free kick after Chris Brunt, who was booked, won the ball from Nolan. Downing's delivery found Tomkins and, when the ball fell to Andy Carroll, his fine acrobatic volley was saved by Foster - only for Nolan to head in from four yards. Worse was to follow, though, in stoppage time as the Hammers deservedly took the lead. Kouyate forced Foster into a smart save but the keeper was beaten from the resulting corner when Tomkins headed in Downing's cross. It was abject defending from the Baggies and underlined the soft underbelly of the squad which requires improvement next month.

That the Baggies lost the influential Brunt to injury just before the goal was a double blow but they should have levelled eight minutes after the break. Mulumbu, on for Brunt, chipped up to Joleon Lescott but Dawson could only volley his knock-down wide from 10-yards. It was a golden chance but one which summed up the hosts' waning confidence. Adrian got down smartly to save Anichebe's fierce angled drive with 27 minutes left but the hosts lacked sparkle. Substitute Silvestre Varela tried to add the missing creativity and his cross saw Anichebe head weakly at Adrian. The lack of cutting edge had Albion fans calling for record signing Brown Ideye and he was thrown on as the hosts tried to rescue the game in the final 10 minutes. It lifted the Baggies and Anichebe continued his duel with Adrian when he turned only for the keeper to save his sharp six-yard effort. And with four minutes left Dorrans sent a volley inches wide but with that missed chance went Albion's hopes of a recovery.

Sporting Life

CURRENT CONNECTIONS

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce was Albion's player / reserve team coach for two years under Brian Talbot from 1989-1991. Dudley-born Allardyce made just one substitute appearance for the club.

Hammers midfielder Morgan Amalfitano spent the 2013/14 season on loan at The Hawthorns from Marseille, scoring four goals in 30 appearances. He joined West Ham last September for an undisclosed fee.

PAST CONNECTIONS

Amongst the players to have turned out at various levels for both clubs are: Jeroen Boere, David Burrows, Peter Butler, Franz Carr, David Cross, Alan Dickens, Fred Fenton, Danny Gabbidon, Bobby Gould, Tommy Green, John Hartson, Sir Geoff Hurst, Harry Kinsell, Ted Martin, Peter McManus, Frank Nouble, Nigel Quashie, George Reid, Liam Ridgewell, Charles 'Chippy' Simmons, David Speedie, Gary Strodder, Steve Walford and Chris Whyte.

Ex-Albion boss Archie Macaulay was a West Ham player; Stuart Pearson, who had a spell as assistant boss at The Hawthorns also played for the Hammers; Another former Albion assistant manager Frank Burrows had a spell as reserve team boss at Upton Park; Ex-United goalkeepers Tony Parks and Gerry Peyton both coached at The Hawthorns; Former Albion first team coach Peter Grant was assistant manager to Alan Pardew at Upton Park from 2004-2006; Former Baggies' boss Steve Clarke was assistant manager to Gianfranco Zola at United for two seasons between 2008 and 2010; Assistant head coach at The Hawthorns to Clarke, Kevin Keen, made over 200 league appearances as a player for West Ham between 1983 and 1993. Keen also coached at various levels at Upton Park and acted as caretaker-manager on three occasions.

ALL-TIME LEAGUE & CUP RECORD VS WEST HAM UNITED

 VENUE P W D  L F A
 Home 48 24 11 13 86 55
 Away 50 14 11 25 72 102
 Total 98 38 22 38 158 157

LAST TEN MATCHES AGAINST WEST HAM UNITED

DATE COMPETITION H/A F-A GOALSCORERS       GATE
Thu 01 Jan 2015 Premier League A 1-1 Berahino - Sakho      34,914
Tue 02 Dec 2014 Premier League H 1-2 Dawson - Nolan, Tomkins      23,975
Sat 26 Apr 2014 Premier League H 1-0 Berahino      26,541
Sat 28 Dec 2013 Premier League A 3-3 Anelka 2, Berahino - J Cole, Maïga, Nolan      34,946
Sat 30 Mar 2013 Premier League A 1-3 Dorrans (pen) - Carroll 2, O'Neil      34,966
Sun 16 Dec 2012 Premier League H 0-0        24,816
Sat 12 Feb 2011 Premier League H 3-3 Dorrans, Thomas, W Reid (og) - Ba 2, Cole      23,916
Wed 10 Nov 2010 Premier League A 2-2 Odemwingie (pen), Ibanez - Parker, Piquionne (pen)      33,023
Mon 16 Mar 2009 Premier League A 0-0        30,842
Sat 13 Sep 2008 Premier League H 3-2 Morrison, Bednar (pen), Brunt - Noble, Neill      26,213


 

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