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League Cup

  • January 21, 2014
  • • 2:45 PM
  • • Boleyn Ground, London
  • Referee: C. Foy
  • • Attendance: 14390
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Manchester City win Aggregate 9 - 0

West Ham 0-3 Manchester City (agg. 0-9): Wembley spot sealed in style

A double from Alvaro Negredo and a clinical Sergio Aguero finish piled further humiliation on Sam Allardyce's men at Upton Park as City cruised into the final.

Manchester City cruised into the final of the Capital One Cup by routing West Ham for the second time in a week to complete a 9-0 aggregate victory.

Ruthless City was already all but assured of a place in the final against archrival Manchester United or Sunderland on March 2 after thrashing Sam Allardyce's side 6-0 in the first leg at the Etihad Stadium.

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And the Premier League title contenders heaped more misery on the struggling London club, with Negredo striking a goal in each half at Upton Park to take his tally to 23 goals for the season as Manuel Pellegrini's claimed the most emphatic semifinal victory in the Capital One Cup.

The in-form Spain striker, who scored a hat trick in the first leg, now boasts nine goals in his last six games and his strike partner Sergio Aguero scored his 22nd goal of the campaign in the first half as West Ham was made to pay for more abysmal defending.

West Ham has now lost five of its last six games in all competitions, while City can look forward to its first appearance in a League Cup final since 1976.

In front of a crowd of only 14,390, Aguero made his first start in more than a month as Manuel Pellegrini made eight changes to the City side that beat Cardiff City on Saturday. Andy Carroll was in the West Ham starting lineup for the first time this season and Kevin Nolan returned from suspension as Sam Allardyce also rung the changes.

West Ham was made to pay for some terrible defending in the first leg and had seemingly failed to learn its lesson as City took the lead all too easily after just two minutes. Gael Clichy was afforded too much time and space to deliver a cross from the left and Negredo headed in after being left unmarked by James Tomkins.

The West Ham faithful voiced their disapproval and worse was to follow 23 minutes in, when Aguero caused panic in the West Ham defense and coolly slotted home with his left foot after teenager Marcos Lopes had been allowed to advance from midfield.

Carroll was replaced by Carlton Cole at the break after a frustrating first half, while referee Chris Foy waved play on three minutes after the break when Ravel Morrison tumbled in the penalty area. Cole forced a save out of Costel Pantilimon just five minutes after coming on when he escaped two defenders and was then denied by the City goalkeeper at his near post.

But it appeared to be only a matter of time before the visitors increased their lead and Negredo cashed in on West Ham's defensive frailties after 59 minutes, bursting into the box unchallenged, then dinking the ball over Jussi Jaaskelainen from a tight angle with his left foot.

Stevan Jovetic made his first appearance since October when he replaced Aguero after 64 minutes.

West Ham was unable to cope with City's attacking threat and Jesus Navas should have added a fourth goal 15 minutes from time, but the winger fired high over the crossbar.

The hosts' misery was compounded late on when the injured Mohamed Diame was taken off on a stretcher.

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