Sheffield Wednesday 1 West Ham 0: Baldock pays for penalty miss as Hammers crash out
A brilliant performance from goalkeeper Nicky Weaver and an 89th-minute winner from Chris O'Grady helped npower League One Sheffield Wednesday dump Championship high-flyers West Ham out of the FA Cup at Hillsborough.
O'Grady swung the balance in the Owls' favour with a low drive drive from the side of the box that stand-in West Ham goalkeeper Ruud Boffin should have done better with, but it was veteran stopper Weaver who was the star of the show.
Miss: Sam Baldock's penalty is saved by Nicky Weaver
Sheff Wed: Weaver, Otsemobor, R Jones, Batth, Bennett (Lowe 87), Tavernier (D Jones 72), Semedo, Lines, R Johnson (Morrison 59), O'Grady, J Johnson.
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Winner: Chris O'Grady drills home in the 89th minute
West Ham's Henri Lansbury was the
first to try and make something happen, bursting into the box after six
minutes and drilling low across the goal, with Weaver smothering and
then watching anxiously as the loose ball reared up and on to the top of
Tavernier then ran on to O'Grady's
flick-on, but seemed to panic when he got a sight of goal, dragging his
shit well wide of Boffin's goal.
High hopes: West Ham's Gary O'Neil challenges with Julian Bennett
Baldock flashed wide at the other end
as both sides looked for an opening, before the Owls' Jermaine Johnson
wasted a golden opportunity with 20 minutes gone.
Julian Bennett's pass went straight
between the two United centre-halves, Winston Reid and George McCartney,
and put the winger through. He took a touch, turned the recovering
McCartney and created a near open goal for himself before somehow
High-flyer: O'Grady loses out to Henri Lansbury
Despite the miss, Wednesday gained
confidence from it and should have scored for a second time when Danny
Batth ran on to a long Bennett throw and headed wide, but the Hammers
remained dangerous themselves and Freddie Sears nudged a Lansbury cross
That effort signalled the start of
some West Ham pressure which saw Jack Collison test Weaver before the
break, and Reid win a penalty after it.
The New Zealand international
controlled a loose ball on the edge of the box and, as he turned inside,
was felled by Reda Johnson, leaving Keith Stroud little alternative
than to point to the spot.
Cup-set: O'Grady is mobbed after his winner
Baldock stepped up and drilled the
spot-kick low to the left corner, with Weaver getting down to make a
stunning two-handed save.
Buoyed by their let-off, Wednesday
went on the front foot and Reid put his body in front of a goal-bound
drive from Chris Lines before, at the other end, Weaver and Baldock
resumed their personal duel as the former pushed the latter's stinging
18-yard drive on to the post.
Wednesday then saw Bennett taken off on a stretcher after he collided with the woodwork.
Down and out: Sam Allardyce won't be happy with his side's performance
The delay led to 11 minutes of injury time, by which point O'Grady had scored.
He raced on to Clinton Morrison's
pass, worked his way to the right of the area and fired a drive under
the body of Boffin who should have done better.
And, despite the lengthy extension to
the game, West Ham could not summon a response, with Frank Nouble
lashing over with two minutes remaining.