Carabao Cup
Oxford United 4 West Ham United 0

Wednesday, 25th September 2019
by Chris Wilkerson

West Ham have once again been humiliated by a lower league team after being heavily beaten by League One side Oxford United in the Carabao Cup.

The Hammers were well and truly thumped by a team two divisions below them to add to a long and unillustrious history of defeats to Football League minnows.

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Level at the break, the Hammers conceded four goals in the second half to fall to a comprehensive defeat to Karl Robinson's side, who scored through Moore (55 minutes), Taylor (71), Fosu (84) and Baptiste (90).

Few thought that, following such a dull and uninspiring first 45 minutes, that it could get much worse for Manuel Pellegrini's side. Yet it was to get much, much worse after the break.

Ironically perhaps it was a centre half called Moore who opened the scoring for tonight's hosts ten minutes after the restart. With Carlos Sanchez little more than a spectator, Elliott Moore was allowed to turn inside the six-yard box and fire across a static Roberto.

Oxford doubled their lead 19 minutes from the end of normal time when Matty Taylor (no, not that one) slotted home from close range to increase their lead.

And the result was put beyond all doubt in the 84th minute when Arthur Masuaku slipped on the halfway line allowing Oxford's Tariqe Fosu a clear run on goal which ended with him slotting the ball beyond West Ham's reserve goalkeeper.

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To add insult to injury the League One side still had time to add a fourth goal, that coming as the game entered added-on time through Shandon Baptiste who was unchallenged as he applied the finishing touch.

The reward for Oxford was a fourth round home tie against fellow League One side Sunderland.

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Player Ratings

Roberto Jimenez Gago
Appeared slow to react to the first goal, for one, but redeemed himself somewhat shortly after with a fine stop.


Pablo Zabaleta
Outpaced and outclassed by third division footballers.


Arthur Masuaku
A bad night for Arthur, back in the team following his recent red card. The slip, whilst unfortunate, was damaging and costly.


Issa Diop
Dominated physically by Jamie Mackie despite the obvious difference in size.


Fabian Balbuena
Back in the side but not for long, judging by this performance. His marking was appalling.


Carlos Sanchez
A horrendous performance; slow to react and just not at the races.


Jack Wilshere
You'd expect much more from a senior pro in a game like this. Lots of possession but did little with it.


Robert Snodgrass
The Scot was anonymous and produced nothing of note.


Pablo Fornals
Not the player for a game requiring physical prowess.


Nathan Holland
The fall guy for more experienced pros - yet one of the few plusses on a terrible night.


Albian Ajeti
Two appearances against Newport and Oxford. Two appearances in which he is yet to justify his ?8m signing on fee.



Substitutes

Sebastien Haller
(Replaced Holland) Added little to nothing to our attacking power.


Felipe Anderson
(Replaced Wilshere) A player of his calibre should have made an impact from the bench. He made none.


Mark Noble
(Replaced Snodgrass) Introduced too late for the captain to have any effect.


Lukasz Fabianski
Did not play.


Aaron Cresswell
Did not play.


Goncalo Cardoso
Did not play.


Conor Coventry
Did not play.



Match Facts

West Ham United: Roberto Jimenez Gago, Pablo Zabaleta, Arthur Masuaku, Issa Diop, Fabian Balbuena, Carlos Sanchez, Jack Wilshere, Robert Snodgrass, Pablo Fornals, Nathan Holland, Albian Ajeti.

Goals: None.

Booked: Robert Snodgrass 0          .

Sent off: None.

Oxford United: Eastwood, Long, Dickie, Moore, Ruffels, Thorne (Sykes 23), Baptiste, Brannagan, Hall (Fosu 79), Forde, Mackie (Taylor 70).

Subs not used: Stevens, Woodburn, Agyei, Jones.

Goals: Moore (55), Taylor (71), Fosu (84), Baptiste (90+2).

Booked: Moore.

Sent off: None.

Referee: Robert Jones.

Attendance: 10,450.

Man of the Match: Nathan Holland.