Wednesday, October 26

Daily WHUFC News - 27th October 2016

Hammers record memorable win over Chelsea

Cheikhou Kouyate and Edimilson Fernandes scored the goals to help West Ham record a memorable 2-1 win over Chelsea to book their place in the quarter final stage of the EFL Cup.

After back-to-back wins over Crystal Palace and Sunderland, Slaven Bilic's side came into the game brimming with confidence and it clearly showed as the players produced another superb display in front of a record League Cup attendance at London Stadium.

Kouyate got the party started when he thumped home a powerful header early in the game and Fernandes doubled the lead early in the second half with a low finish past Asmir Begovic.

Gary Cahill's injury time goal came too late for Chelsea and Slaven Bilic will be thrilled with the players fighting spirit and quality as they made it through to the last eight of the competition.

It was an all-round team display which helped the Hammers secure a memorable victory, starting with Darren Randolph who once again showed why he is rated so highly by everyone at the Club.

The Republic of Ireland keeper made a fine save on eight minutes to deny N'Golo Kante who burst clear into the West Ham box and saw his low shot produce a fine save from the Hammers keeper.

The Hammers made Chelsea pay for their missed opportunity as they opened the scoring on 11 minutes.

Chelsea failed to clear a corner from Dimitri Payet. The ball fell to Mark Noble who played in the perfect cross for Kouyate and he directed an unstoppable powerful header past Asmir Begovic into the corner of the net.

West Ham had strong claims for a penalty turned down on 15 minutes after Aaron Cresswell laid the ball into Payet and he appeared to be brought down inside the area by Kante.

But referee Craig Pawson ignored the strong pleas from the home supporters and waved for play to continue.

Randolph showed his quality once again on 20 minutes when he made a fine save to deny Nathaniel Chalobah's 25-year shot.

The game was flowing from one end to the other and Manuel Lanzini had a golden chance to double the lead on the half hour mark after Michail Antonio turned David Luiz and crossed in for the Argentine midfielder who had the goal at his mercy but he sliced his shot wide of the post.

Pedro Obiang also came close to getting his name on the scoresheet on 43 minutes when he fired a blistering shot from the edge of the box which was superbly saved by Begovic diving low to his right hand side.

The danger signs were still there for the home side and both Michy Batshuayi and Oscar had good chances to pull Chelsea level just before half-time.

But the Hammers came out determined to add a second and got their wish on 48 minutes when Fernandes continued his dream start to life in the first-team as he doubled the lead for the home side.

The Swiss U21 international cut inside and fired a left-foot shot past Begovic into the corner of the net.

The home fans inside London Stadium went crazy and could now sense this was going to be another special evening under the lights.

Skipper Mark Noble could have made it three on 53 minutes when he curled a shot inches past the post.

Chelsea could have found a way back into game on 73 minutes when Chelsea substitute Diego Costa cut the back for Willian, but he fired just wide of the post.

Bilic sent on Andre Ayew in the final stages of the game and the Club record signing almost made an immediate impact on 82 minutes when he was picked out by Payet inside the box and headed the ball just wide of the post.

Cahill bundled the ball over the line and pulled back a consolation goal in injury time, but it was all in vein as the Hammers held on for a memorable victory.

West Ham: Randolph, Kouyate, Reid, Ogbonna, Fernandes (Feghouli 65), Noble, Obiang, Cresswell, Payet, Lanzini (Ayew 77), Antonio (Zaza 80)

Subs not used: Adrian, Nordtveit, Collins, Fletcher

Bookings: Noble, Reid, Kouyate

Chelsea: Begovic, Luiz, Cahill, Terry, Aina (Pedro 67), Kante, Chalobah (Hazard 62), Azpilicueta, Willian, Batshuayi (Costa 54), Oscar

Subs not used: Eduardo, Alonso, Matic, Solanke


Referee: Craig Pawson

Attendance:  45,957

West Ham United 2-1 Chelsea

West Ham reached the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup as they confidently dispatched Chelsea but their victory was marred by crowd trouble at London Stadium.

Plastic bottles and seats were thrown towards the end of the match as hundreds of fans were involved in ugly scenes.

Security was boosted for the high-risk derby and an alcohol ban imposed as part of a "robust policing plan" aimed at minimising crowd trouble, with West Ham's new home dogged by disturbances this season.

The flash points were a blot on what had been an entertaining night on the pitch as a much-changed Chelsea side were beaten by a cohesive and intense Hammers side.

A superb Cheikhou Kouyate header before the break and an 18-yard Edimilson Fernandes strike a few minutes into the second half secured West Ham's cup progress before more than 45,000 fans.

Gary Cahill swept home from close range in injury time for a consolation at the end of an entertaining match.

Terry makes losing return

Chelsea made seven changes to the team that thrashed Manchester United 4-0 on Sunday and the most notable inclusion was that of captain John Terry, returning from injury to the centre of a three-man defence.

Terry had last played on 11 September and in his absence Gary Cahill, David Luiz and Cesar Azpilicueta have formed a backline that has registered three consecutive clean sheets in their most recent encounters.

Azpilicueta was moved to wing-back to make room for Terry and the former England international's lack of match practice played a part in the visiting defence's weakness.

Terry was beaten by Kouyate as the midfielder headed home for only his second goal of the season and the 35-year-old also played a part in the Hammers' second as Fernandes threaded his strike through Terry's legs on the way to goal.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte brought on his heavyweights - Diego Costa, Eden Hazard and Pedro - with the second half in its infancy but they failed to spark a comeback.

Costa, put through by the bright Willian, who was making a return following compassionate leave, was one-on-one with Randolph Darren in the closing stages of the match but chipped the ball inches wide.

Chelsea had their chances - Nathaniel Chalobah's first-half effort was tipped over the crossbar by Randolph and N'Golo Kante also went close - but West Ham were deserved winners.

West Ham 'buzzing'

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic said his team were "buzzing again" following back-to-back victories in the league following a shaky start to the season and against their London rivals they played like a team now at home in their surroundings.

Bilic's side have been holding training sessions at their new ground after taking just four points from their opening four league matches and it seems to have helped as they dominated for all but the closing stages of the match.

Off the pitch, however, this season's crowd trouble at London Stadium will be of major concern to the club.

Prior to this tie there had been nine arrests outside the stadium and 23 banning orders issued by West Ham in what has been a traumatic start to life in the former Olympic Stadium.

This match, with Chelsea allocated more than 5,000 tickets for the fourth-round tie, was the biggest test yet to the police and stewards but once again trouble stirred.

West Ham 2-1 Chelsea: Cheikhou Kouyate and Edimilson Fernandes seal EFL Cup win
By James Walker-Roberts
Last Updated: 26/10/16 10:19pm

West Ham advanced to the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup after beating Chelsea 2-1 at the London Stadium on Wednesday.

Cheikhou Kouyate put the Hammers, who will travel to Manchester United in the next round, ahead in the 11th minute with a brilliant header from Mark Noble's cross.

Michy Batshuayi missed a good chance to level late in the first half for Chelsea, who made seven changes from their win over Man Utd on Sunday.

Edimilson Fernandes then made it 2-0 shortly after the break and all the visitors could muster in response was an injury-time consolation from Gary Cahill.

That goal came shortly after some disturbances in the crowd, with missiles thrown and fighting breaking out.

The trouble looked to be largely kept under control, with police, who were inside the stadium for the first time, stepping in to restore order.

Otherwise there appeared to be few problems in the stands and there was action enough on the pitch to keep the crowd - a West Ham record for the League Cup - fully engaged.

West Ham made two changes from the weekend, with Darren Randolph and Aaron Cresswell starting, while Chelsea made seven alterations, with John Terry returning to start after a month out with injury.

It was the visitors who made the more positive start as Terry volleyed over from a corner and N'Golo Kante forced Randolph into a good save.

West Ham had not threatened until they took the lead after 11 minutes, with Kouyate brilliantly flicking Noble's cross past Asmir Begovic.

Michail Antonio should have doubled the advantage shortly afterwards when he dragged wide of the post, the ball falling to him around the penalty spot after Dimitri Payet appeared to be fouled by Kante.

Randolph tipped over an effort from Nathaniel Chalobah at the other end, before Lanzini again went close for West Ham, missing the target wide from 10 yards out.

Begovic then saved a free-kick from Payet before keeping out a sweetly-struck first-time shot from Pedro Obiang.

Batshuayi spurned a great chance to level late in the half but failed to hit the target from in front of goal. Oscar then jabbed a shot narrowly wide in injury-time.

West Ham doubled their advantage shortly after the interval as Begovic saved well from Payet but the ball came out to Fernandes and he fired an effort across goal and into the corner.

Mark Noble went close with a shot from outside the box as West Ham looked to add to their lead.

Diego Costa and Eden Hazard were sent on by Antonio Conte but the Blues could not drag themselves back into the match.

Willian missed a brilliant chance when he dragged wide before Hazard struck the woodwork and Costa failed to beat Randolph when through on goal.

West Ham also had chances, with Andre Ayew heading wide on his return from injury, and Payet shooting at Begovic from Simone Zaza's cutback.

Chelsea did pull a goal back in injury-time through Cahill but it was too little too late.

West Ham 2-1 Chelsea: Hammers outplay sorry Blues to secure EFL Cup quarter-final - 5 things we learned
21:38, 26 OCT 2016
Goals from Cheikhou Kouyate and Edimilson Fernandes were the difference at the London Stadium
The Mirror

Cheikhou Kouyate stunned Chelsea by opening the scoring with a brilliant eleventh-minute header.

The midfielder, playing in defence as part of a back three, was some 15 yards from goal when he met Dimitri Payet's corner but still somehow arrowed it past Asmir Begovic and into the far corner.

And having got the better of the first half, the Hammers doubled their lead through Edimilson Fernandes' first goal for the club.

The 20-year-old midfielder rifled home from around 20 yards to bury Chelsea, who threw Diego Costa and Eden Hazard on in desperation but never really looked capable of overturning the deficit.

Gary Cahill got a goal back late into injury time.

But what did we learn? Ed Malyon was at the London Stadium....

1. When back threes collide
Tactical innovation comes in cycles and these two sides have both recently turned to a three-man defence to try and reverse poor starts to the season.

They aren't the only ones, but it was always going to be interesting to see how the match-ups worked with West Ham fielding no natural centre-forward and Chelsea just playing one - Michy Batshuayi.

A 3-vs-1 at the back can be problematic because it means you're likely being overloaded elsewhere. In this instance, the Hammers were effectively playing Michail Antonio as a lone frontman which left David Luiz and Gary Cahill free while John Terry took care of the England winger in the first half.

Action Images via ReutersEdimilson Fernandes in action with Ola AinaWing war: Edimilson Fernandes and Ola Aina were in a one-on-one battle as wing-backs
With both backlines enjoying spare defenders, the key was always likely to be who could overload those zones or simply win one-on-one battles.

The hosts had the clearest chance of the first half when Antonio rolled Terry brilliantly (albeit far too easily) and crossed for Manuel Lanzini - who should have done far better when presented with the ball right in front of the goal.

West Ham's switch to a back three has really tightened up their defence and while their attack continues to tick over nicely, the results will come.

Chelsea have now conceded their first goals since adopting the system and there may be questions over John Terry's suitability to this new system.

The Blues skipper had to be shifted out of the central role after being run ragged by Antonio in the first half.

2. Kouyate brushes off the critics

West Ham's fans aren't backwards in coming forward when their team struggles and there are few players who haven't been criticised during the Irons' poor start to the campaign.

Cheikhou Kouyate, such a success as a rangy, powerful box-to-box midfielder has been converted into a ball-carrying central defender by Slaven Bilic this season and has copped some flak for his displays.

Often in these circumstances it is a lack of defensive instincts that kills a player - not knowing where attackers will be and allowing them to ghost in and take advantage.

But he, Winston Reid and Angelo Ogbonna did a good job of keeping Chelsea in front of them.

West Ham reaped the additional benefits of having three centre-backs in the starting XI by towering over the Blues at set pieces - and it was Kouyate's thumping header from 15-odd yards out gave the Hammers an early lead.

Action Images via ReutersCheikhou Kouyate celebrates scoringCheikhou Kouyate celebrates scoring the opener

3. West Ham's attack isn't to be underestimated
It has taken some jiggling about, some moving of chess pieces, but Slaven Bilic has got things right again at West Ham.

The move to a back three has improved their defence while their attack - which was still firing even in their losing streak - continues to cause problems against anyone they come up against.

Michail Antonio may have started the campaign as a full-back but his impression of a centre-forward was remarkable today.

He caused problems for three experienced top-level central defenders and was joined by the buccaneering, wildly unpredictable duo of Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini.

Payet was the creator in chief and forged a number of noteworthy chances for his side throughout the 90 minutes.

He should have scored himself early in the second half, but as the move broke down Edimilson Fernandes galloped onto the loose ball and drove home from 20 yards to double the Hammers' lead and settle this tie.

This is a team that won't struggle to score goals. If they can keep it tight at the other end then they are going to fly up the Premier League table.

4. Michy Batshuayi fails his first-team audition

Ploughing a lone furrow against three central defenders, this wasn't the easiest game for Michy Batshuayi to prove he should be starting ahead of Diego Costa.

The Belgian wasn't the sort of cheap striker you expect to be playing second fiddle. It took £30million to prise him away from Marseille in the summer and his mixture of power, pace and finishing made him the perfect man to challenge Costa for his starting place.

But the Spaniard's return to form under Antonio Conte (and a lack of continental football to fill their schedule with midweek fixtures) has meant Michy riding the pine more than expected.
Given his opportunity to show what he could do, the 23-year-old didn't really blow Conte away.

Indeed, just after the half-time whistle went the Belgian decided he would take a shot at goal anyway. But with goalkeeper Darren Randolph prone on the floor and the net gaping, Batshuayi still could only clatter it against the crossbar - much to the amusement of Hammers fans behind the goal.

He was removed not long after the break having failed to make an impact against three centre-backs, but given Antonio's performance at the other end against better defenders it wasn't a great look for Michy.

And the worst thing of all is that elimination from this competition means he will have fewer games to play in.

5. London Stadium's teething problems continue

We didn't see the embarrassing in-fighting among West Ham fans that marred the Irons' arrival at the London Stadium, but then again it's amazing what winning can do.

Now that the Hammers have turned their season around the ruckus' have stopped, but the visit of Chelsea was always going to provide a different sort of issue.

The London Stadium is only a mile walk from Stratford station but there is no way to segregate fans or manage crowds with any efficiency.

Fans were angry at being held at the station, angry at being re-routed and then you have the en masse arrival of away fans who are wholly mixed in with the home support.

When there is a rivalry like this and the games are at night, it becomes a concern.

The police presence was greater than in previous weeks and was visible but many of the issues have been down to poor stewarding so far. A raft of unhelpful workers in fluorescent jackets - none of whom seemed to know where anything was - is of no assistance to attending supporters.

While the atmosphere was terrific, the pitch superb and the transport links are extensive, none of that was ever in doubt.

You'd hope simply more time to bed in and getting to know the surroundings will make this feel like a home for West Ham.


Daily WHUFC News II - 26th October 2016

Manager on Matchday

Good morning everyone,

We are hopeful of getting a good result against Chelsea tonight and making it through to the quarter final stage of the EFL Cup. I was asked in the pre-match press conference the importance of the players conducting themselves properly on the pitch. I feel this is always very important, but I haven't seen a lot of games in England where the players don't conduct themselves in the right way.

I want my players to be focused and up for the game. At the same time we don't want them to do anything stupid, but it has to be the right balance.

Before these big games you don't need any kind of motivation. The players cannot wait for the game to start.

I know it will be a great atmosphere against Chelsea on Wednesday night.

It is a big game for me as well. We are very positive and we want to go through in this competition.

I have been involved in enough London derbies and know what to expect. We only had one last week against Crystal Palace and we played very well.

We are on a good run and Chelsea are on a good run and we know their strengths and weaknesses. The bottom line is we will have to be on our game for 90 minutes, maybe 120 minutes to have a chance of winning.

We have trained really hard and the game against Palace made a big difference. It showed that we can play and can be a team. We are fit enough to play ten against eleven and things were very positive after that game.

It was then crucial to win the next game against Sunderland and everyone is full of confidence. I can feel that when I walk into the dressing room.

We are going to see how Darren Randolph is before the game. He has been missing since the international break as he picked up an old injury and missed a couple of games.

He returned to training last Saturday and has been training for the last couple of days.

Darren is a brilliant goalkeeper and I have said that many times. If he is fit he will play against Chelsea but we will wait to see if he is a risk and I will then make a decision.

Andre Ayew has looked good in training and has been with us for a week. We don't want to rush him like crazy but we are missing his quality. That is why we signed him in the first place.

He could well be in contention for the game tonight and he needs games.

The boys are coming back from the injuries. Cresswell is back and very soon we should have a few more back. It is crucial to have that kind of quality and that kind of competition for places.

Hopefully we will stay injury free now.

Enjoy the game this evening.


A message from the Joint-Chairmen

The following message from Joint-Chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold will appear in tonight's Official Programme for the EFL Cup fourth-round visit of Chelsea to London Stadium...

Hello everybody as we look ahead to tonight's historic EFL Cup fourth-round tie with Chelsea at London Stadium.

We would like to extend a personal welcome to the staff, players and fans of both teams on the occasion of the first London derby at our aptly-named new home.

While there has to be a winner and a loser this evening, tonight's game is one for us all to relish and enjoy.

We would once again like to extend our heartfelt thanks to our fantastic supporters for the way they have come and put their support behind the team so far this season. Saturday's victory reminded us once more of the stunning atmosphere we can create inside this Stadium when our famous support reverberates around the roof, and we certainly need that more than ever this evening for what will be a tough game under the lights.

We feel it's very important to note that the overwhelming majority of supporters attending matches at London Stadium so far this season have behaved impeccably during their visits.

We have been proud to welcome week-in-week-out our 10,000 Under-16 Season Ticket Holders and 25,000 supporters who attend as part of a family unit.

We have been working closely with our partners E20 Stadium LLP and London Stadium 185, the Metropolitan Police Service and of course our supporters to make for a safe and pleasant environment in which fans of all ages can watch their team in action.

This evening we could have sold the Stadium out twice over but the safety and security of our supporters is and must remain our primary concern and therefore working with guidance from our safety advisory expert colleagues, we opted to limit the sale of tickets to only those with a certain level of purchase history. This meant that many fans who have bought multiple tickets previously were only able to purchase one ticket for this fixture. Hopefully we will not need any restriction on sales in the future.

Despite that we have achieved a record breaking crowd of close to 50,000 that will eclipse our own EFL Cup attendance record that has stood for nearly 45 years, and for that we once again commend our supporters and hope that together we can achieve another landmark win over one of England's top sides.
Extensive and appropriate plans and arrangements have been put in place to make for what we all hope will be a thrilling and entertaining cup tie
Joint-Chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold
Extensive and appropriate plans and arrangements have been put in place to make for what we all hope will be a thrilling and entertaining cup tie.

Please remember that every one of you is an ambassador for the club and we urge everybody to behave impeccably tonight as the vast majority do week in week out, both inside and outside the ground, and to respect the travelling Chelsea supporters.

Through the decades we have supported this Club, we have enjoyed many famous cup nights under the floodlights, including that memorable 4-0 victory over Manchester United in the snow back in 2010.
Surprisingly, this will be just the third occasion on which we have faced Chelsea in the EFL Cup – or League Cup, as it was historically known – in the 57 years since the competition was introduced in 1960.

Currently, the head-to-head stands at one-all, with our win coming 22 years ago to the day. We are delighted that members of the team which won that tie will be with us this evening, so please give them the welcome they deserve before kick-off.

The EFL Cup is one of two competitions we can realistically aim at winning this season – the other being the Emirates FA Cup – and we know how much every West Ham fan would love a day out at Wembley.

We have come very close to reaching the final twice in recent seasons and, with the strong manager, staff and squad we have now assembled, there is no reason why we should not aspire to go all the way this season.

We also go into tonight's game off the back of two confidence-boosting Premier League victories over Crystal Palace and Sunderland.

At both Selhurst Park and again on Saturday, your support for the team was second-to-none, and unquestionably played a big part in the team collecting six points out of six.

It goes without saying that together, we are a formidable force that will take some stopping, so let's unite positively behind Slaven and his players tonight and cheer them through to the fifth round.

Come on you Irons!

David Sullivan & David Gold

Five Talking Points - Chelsea

The main topics for discussion ahead of Wednesday's historic EFL Cup fourth-round tie with Chelsea at London Stadium...

A historic occasion

There have seemingly been a succession of 'historic' moments for West Ham United in 2016, with a succession of 'final' events at the Boleyn Ground being followed by a succession of 'first' events at London Stadium.

Tonight, the Hammers' new home will host its very first London derby – we are not counting the Watford Premier League fixture – when Chelsea visit in the EFL Cup fourth round.

The tie will not only mark this landmark, but it will also be attended by the largest League Cup crowd in the Club's history, with a crowd of around 45,000 eclipsing the 40,878 who attended the fourth-round visit of Liverpool to the Boleyn Ground on 27 October 1971.


Slaven Bilic has repeatedly stated that he sees the EFL Cup as a competition to target this season, which makes perfect sense seeing as West Ham are out of Europe and are unlikely to win the Premier League title.
With those circumstances in mind, and an extra day to rest ahead of Sunday's trip to Everton, the Croatian is expected to field virtually his strongest-available team on Wednesday evening.
Aaron Cresswell is back from suspension, and will slot in somewhere on the left flank, while Ireland hero Darren Randolph could return from a minor knee injury to retain his position as the Club's knockout No1.
Up front, Simone Zaza looks set to be given a chance to shine against his former Italy manager Antonio Conte

Ayew ready for this?

Andre Ayew looks set to return to the West Ham squad for the first time since suffering a groin injury on his debut at… Chelsea in August.

Hammers forwards have yet to score a competitive goal this season, so the availability of the Ghana star will undoubtedly strengthen Slaven Bilic's firepower.

Ayew may not be an out-and-out striker, but the 26-year-old has netted 90 career goals for club and country and is a threat to both create chances and put them away himself.

Chelsea, Chelsea

The Blues stuttered out of the blocks in their opening Premier League game with the Hammers back in August, needing a late winner from Diego Costa – who might well have earlier been sent-off for a late challenge on Adrian – to sneak a 2-1 victory at Stamford Bridge.

Since then, Chelsea have seemingly improved under new manager Antonio Conte, particularly since he opted to revert to his favoured three-at-the-back formation.

A 3-0 win over champions Leicester City was followed by Sunday's 4-0 demolition of Manchester United, albeit both on home turf, and Chelsea will arrive in east London full of confidence.

Victor Moses

Last season, Victor Moses was something of an enigma during his season-long loan with West Ham.

The Nigeria winger sparkled on occasion, most notably in scoring an outstanding goal in the Hammers' Premier League win at Manchester City, but failed to hold down a regular starting place due to the form of right winger Michail Antonio.

This season, Moses has been employed in a less familiar right wing-back role by new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, with encouraging results.

Moses appears to be fulfilling his undoubted potential, and he will have a small point to prove against his former club tonight.

Cresswell cannot wait to make home debut

Aaron Cresswell has been counting the days until he can make his first appearance at London Stadium and will finally get his chance when he lines up against Chelsea in the EFL Cup tonight.

Cresswell was forced to miss the opening game at the new Stadium after suffering knee ligament damage during the Club's pre-season tour to Austria.

The talented full-back was expected to be ruled out for four months but he has made a speedy recovery and made an impressive comeback in the 1-0 win over Crystal Palace where he helped set up the winning goal for Manuel Lanzini.

Cresswell's return was marred by a harsh dismissal late in the game which forced him to miss the victory over Sunderland on Saturday.

But he is now ready to make his first appearance at home this evening and says he cannot wait to play at the Hammers new Stadium.

Cresswell said: "From my point of view this is one I have been looking forward to for the last few months and I cannot wait to get out there and play at London Stadium. It will be fantastic for me to be playing at home again.

"We have had some big games under the lights and this will be the first London derby to be played at London Stadium. I'm sure the fans are looking forward to it.

"I am a little bit gutted that I missed the first ever game there having missed just one game in the last two-years. But that is part and parcel of football and I have learned to move on from that.

"To make my home debut against Chelsea in the new Stadium is one I am now looking forward to."

Cresswell is hoping the Hammers can maintain their recent good run of form and make it three wins in a row as the Club look to book their place in the quarter finals of the EFL Cup.

Winston Reid's last minute winner against Sunderland on Saturday has set the team up nicely for the big London derby and Cresswell knows they will have to be at their best once again if they are to beat a Chelsea side who are also full of confidence following their emphatic victory over Manchester United on Sunday.

Cresswell added: "We have had a slow start but in recent weeks we have turned it around and we got a massive win against Sunderland.

"The main thing is that the boys and the gaffer are fully committed to the cause and we want to put things right. We have picked up seven points from the last three games and long may that continue.

"We have now got a tough game against Chelsea which we know is not going to be easy, but we are all looking forward to it.

"I saw Chelsea's game against Manchester United on Sunday and they were excellent.

"It always helps if you can win a big London derby and it will give us even more confidence."

Cresswell knows one of the keys to winning the game could be stopping former Hammers Victor Moses who has been one of the star performers for the west London Club this season.

Moses enjoyed a successful season-long loan at West Ham and Cresswell knows the dangers he could pose to his side.

"Victor was here last season and is a fantastic player. It looks like he has found a new lease of life under Conte and we know what he is capable of. We need to try and stop him."

Having made such a successful return to action in the victory over Palace, Cresswell hopes he can re-produce his best form once again and says he would relish the chance to play as a wing-back if Slaven Bilic keeps faith with the system which has seen the club win the last two games.

"I felt really good after the Palace game and adrenalin got me through most of it. I had not played any games prior to that and I was anxious that I was going to last the 90 minutes – obviously I didn't because of the sending-off!

"But I felt really good and that is down to Dom, Eamon and all the medical staff who helped me come back and I owe a lot to them. Getting the three points was the most important thing and that is what we got.

"The new system has worked well over the last two games and it is a system that I like to play. It helps me to get forward and create things with Dimi and Lanzini."

Walker will never forget Chelsea Cup game

Jimmy Walker will always have special memories of facing Chelsea in the League Cup but he will be hoping for a much better outcome when the two sides meet at London Stadium on Wednesday night.

Walker became a cult hero with the West Ham fans after he saved a penalty from former midfielder Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge even though the Hammers lost the game 1-0.

Walker could never have imagined that his relationship with the Hammers fans would transform onto another level following the events that unfolded in west London that evening.

Arjen Robben was brought down inside the box and despite a delay in the penalty being taken, Walker kept his nerve to keep out the spot kick from the England midfielder.

Walker still gets reminded of the penalty every time he bumps into a West Ham supporter and says it was a moment he will never forget.

Walker said: "When anyone ever asks me about the game at Chelsea I always say I don't like to speak about it! What could I possibly say!

"It was a memorable evening, albeit it for different reasons that what we are normally used to.

"We all know Frank is a fantastic player, but I didn't realise at the time how popular that penalty save was going to make me.

"After the decision had been made to award the penalty, I can still remember the delay that took place as I think Tomas Repka was arguing with a few people!

"I didn't think that would affect Frank as he is normally so composed in those situations, but I managed to get a block on the ball as he attempted to hit the ball straight down the middle.

"Ludek Miklosko was my goalkeeping coach at the time and although we had information on the opposition, there was not the footage available like there is now to study the penalty takers. I just stayed up as long as I could and managed to save it.

"The funny thing is that whenever I speak to West Ham fans about the game they never ever mention the result! I haven't bought a drink in Essex for the last ten-years."

Walker is planning to make his first appearance at London Stadium for the game this evening and knows more than most the amazing atmosphere that can be generated under the lights.

The 43-year-old would love to see the Hammers make amends for the League Cup defeat back in 2004 and record a famous win over their London rivals at London Stadium.

"I know the new Stadium can help take the Club onto the next level. I have played under the lights and know the amazing support that the West Ham fans can provide for the team.

"This is a massive game and it would be nice to see the Club have a good cup run.

"I cannot believe I was part of the team that last reached a major final and it is long overdue.

"I can remember what the FA Cup run did for everyone at the Club back in 2006 and it brings everyone together."

Hutch the hero

The early 1990s were a time of change at West Ham United.

The Hammers began the decade in the old Second Division, having been relegated in 1989 – a demotion that was followed by long-serving manager John Lyall's departure after 15 years in charge.

The 1989/90 season saw West Ham reach the League Cup semi-finals for the second consecutive season under new boss Billy Bonds.

Bonds led West Ham to promotion in 1991, followed by relegation in 1992 and promotion to the Premier League for the first time a year later.

The summer of 1994 was marked by the departure of Bonds and the appointment of former player and assistant manager Harry Redknapp as the Club's eighth full-time boss.

Redknapp brought another ex-Hammer, Tony Cottee, back to east London from Everton in a £2.2 million deal.

Off the pitch, the Taylor Report led to the redevelopment of the Boleyn Ground, with the old South Bank terrace being demolished in May 1993 to make way for the Bobby Moore Stand, which opened in early 1994.

The summer of the same year saw the North Bank terrace demolished to be replaced by the new Centenary Stand – named for the Club's 100th anniversary in 1995.

These redevelopments were to be funded, in part, by a new and controversial Bond Scheme, which was introduced in November 1991, and was taken up by 808 supporters.

This was the backdrop to 1994/95 Premier League season, which saw the Hammers win just one of their opening seven matches to slip to 19th in the table.

A run of three victories in four matches saw Redknapp's side rise to 12th by the time Chelsea visited east London for a League Cup third-round tie on Wednesday 26 October 1994.

The Hammers had edged past Third Division club Walsall 3-2 on aggregate in the second round, losing 2-1 at the Bescot Stadium before scoring a 2-0 home win over the Saddlers at the Boleyn Ground.

Among the scorers in the second leg was Don Hutchison, who had made a similar journey to Cottee in August 1994, joining the Club for £1.5m from Liverpool.

Born in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, Hutchison was a central midfielder who could create and score goals, while also possessing a willingness to put his foot in to win possession for his side.

After scoring on his Premier League debut at home to Newcastle United, the 23-year-old had netted the winner against Crystal Palace in early October, further enhancing his reputation among the Claret and Blue Army.

On Wednesday 26 October, however, his stock went through the newly-constructed Boleyn Ground roof.

Hoddle's Blues

Promoted to the inaugural Premier League in 1992, Chelsea were also a club in transition.

While their own stadium redevelopment would not take place until later in the decade, the Blues were undergoing a major rebuilding process on the playing side.

Former England midfielder Glenn Hoddle had arrived as player-manager in June 1993, inspiring the west London side to the FA Cup final in his first season in charge – albeit one they lost 4-0 to Manchester United.

In the Premier League, Chelsea had finished the 1993/94 campaign in an underwhelming 14th place – a point and a position below West Ham.

Hoddle responded by signing striker Paul Furlong for a club-record £2.3 million from Watford, while also adding future Hammer Scott Minto and midfielder David Rocastle.

The trio initially sparked Chelsea into life, as they won their opening three Premier League fixtures, with Furlong scoring freely, but from then on their form was patchy, including a 2-1 home defeat by West Ham on 2 October 1994.

Three-and-a-half weeks later, the two sides met again.

Early goal

It took just two minutes for West Ham and Hutchison to make their mark.

The midfielder – joined in the starting XI by another recent returnee from Anfield, left-back Julian Dicks – put the finishing touch to a brisk move that opened up the Chelsea defence.

Dicks was the architect, taking a quick throw-in to Cottee, who knocked the ball down for the No26 to curl past the Blues' Russian goalkeeper Dimitri Kharin.

With 88 minutes to go, the stage was set for a rip-roaring cup tie, and both teams lived up to that expectation by creating chances to add further goals.

Hutchison could have doubled his tally on 27 minutes, when he was played in by former Liverpool teammate Mike Marsh, but Gareth Hall got back to tackle him in the nick of time.

Chelsea, already without a host of injured regulars, also lost Gavin Peacock to an ankle injury, but his depleted team were not about to give up their place in the Coca-Cola Cup without giving it a good pop.

And so it was that the Blues launched an all-out assault on the West Ham goal, with only goalkeeper Ludek Miklosko standing between them and an equaliser.

The Czech stopper denied flame-haired Norwegian defender Erland Johnsen, striker Neil Shipperley and then, twice, Chelsea captain Dennis Wise.

After his second spectacular save from Wise, the diminutive visiting skipper shook Miklosko's hand by way of congratulation.

That single action confirmed that it was not to be Chelsea's night.

The Boleyn Ground construction work meant just 18,815 fans were present to see the famous victory, but none of those present will ever forget the night Don downed the Blues.

Unfortunately, West Ham could not continue any further down the road to Wembley, losing 3-1 at home to Bolton Wanderers in the fourth round.

Conte seeking to blood youngsters
Filed: Wednesday, 26th October 2016
By: Staff Writer

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says he will be taking tonight's EFL Cup tie seriously - but still hopes to blood a number of youngsters.

Conte, who has led his team to three consecutive Premier League victories - winning 2-0, 3-0 and 4-0 - stressed that the newly-titled League Cup competition was "important" given that his side have no European competition this season.

However he maintained that it will also offer him the opportunity to give extra minutes to some of the younger members of his ever-expanding squad.

"We know this Cup can permit you to see some young players that are working very well with us," he said. "We know this season we have only the FA Cup and this Cup to see the other players. For this reason, we can see some changes.

"In these last three games we played very well, and it's important when you play with the same players, they take confidence in the role to play together," he added.

"But it's important also in this game to find a solution, because if you get an injury it's important to have a good solution ready. Tomorrow we can find a different solution, but I want the players to give me a good answer."

By contrast, Slaven Bilic is expected to play his strongest possible team, with West Ham not in action again until Sunday. That should mean a recall for the recently-suspended Aaron Cresswell and a place on the bench, at least, for the returning Andre Ayew.

This preview was written by Deportivo Potter

I don't usually do a preview for cup/midweek games but due to the nature of the game I couldn't help myself. How great was it getting a last minute goal against Sunderland. The sense of relief and knowing the rest of the weekend was going to be great, just made me look forward to this game even more.

Chelsea it has to be said are on a very good run of form themselves, not conceding a goal in the month of October and scoring 9 goals in that time. Conte changed his formation for those games playing 3 at the back, similar to our recent return to form , where we have picked up maximum points, keeping clean sheets in our last 2 games.

Cresswell should come back into the team for tonight's game and their has also been suggestions of record signing Andre Ayew being back in the squad. Andy Carroll, Gokhan Tore, Masuaku, Diafra Sakho and Sam Byram still remain out.

Chelsea see the return of John Terry and although Zouma and Ivanovic have both returned to training it is thought they will miss this game. Cesc Fabregas is still out. Willian and Chalobah could be rotated into the starting eleven.

Sources have mentioned that Slaven Bilic will play a strong team which is good to hear I don't like taking one competition more seriously than another and believe you should go out to win every game possible.

Predicted line ups.

West Ham United : – Adrian, Kouyate, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Fernandes, Antonio, Noble, Obiang, Payet, and Zaza

Chelsea : – Begovic, Azpilicueta, Terry, Luiz, Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso, Willian, Batshuayi, Hazard.

I expect Chelsea to take this game seriously and put out a strong side as well. Which will hopefully make this a humdinger of a London derby, with both teams really going for it. I will predict an entertaining game and expect it to finish 2-2 and then a lottery as to who wins it in extra time. Hopefully the team in Claret and Blue gets the winner.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic wants players pumped up for Chelsea EFL Cup game
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 26/10/16 12:07am

West Ham are hoping for a trouble-free night off the pitch when they host rivals Chelsea in the EFL Cup but manager Slaven Bilic will not instruct his players to remain calm. The Hammers face a major test of security, stewarding and policing when the London Stadium hosts its first derby in the fourth round of the competition on Wednesday. There have already been disturbances in the stands and outside the ground at some of West Ham's previous home matches, and a series of measures are in place in a bid to ensure events on the pitch are not marred by those off them.

But Hammers boss Bilic wants his players pumped up as they attempt to knock Antonio Conte's side out and reach the quarter-finals.
"I don't want them to be calm, no, no," he said. "I want them to be focused and up for it, but at the same time not to do anything stupid.
"Before these games you don't need a special motivation, as it is Chelsea. You can calm them a little bit down, but you want them to be in a state that they can't wait for the game to start." While the club are working hard to solve the troubles off the pitch at their new home, Bilic has come up with a way to remedy their problems on it. The Hammers were dumped out of the Europa League by Romanian side Astra Giurgiu and suffered heavy defeats against Watford and Southampton as they struggled to adapt to their new surroundings.

Bilic decided the squad should train at the former Olympic Stadium once a week, and the move paid immediate dividends with Saturday's 1-0 win over Sunderland. "We've done it three or four times now, and we did it on the Friday before Sunderland," the Croatian revealed.
"It's about the optical reality they have on the pitch, and where everything is. It is wider and bigger. "You can lift your head up and think 'there's no way I can get there', or 'there's no way I can help my team-mate press'. But the more you practice on it, the better it will be.
"It's for the players to get used to that specific pitch, to the size, to certain areas where they play. "You score some good goals from a specific spot in training and when you are in a match you think 'I scored yesterday from here'. It definitely helps."

Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan give evidence in trial over 'champers and hampers' scam which conned footballers out of thousands
15:38, 26 OCT 2016 UPDATED 16:09, 26 OCT 2016
The accused alegedly conned £61,560 out of West Ham footballers and staff
The Mirror

Footballers Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan at Snaresbrook Crown CourtFootballers Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan at Snaresbrook Crown Court
West Ham footballers past and present have described how they became the victims of a luxury 'champers and hampers' scam.

The players and their then boss, Sam Allardyce, only realised they'd been duped when the luxury packages for which they'd paid Stephen Ackerman tens of thousands of pounds never turned up at their training ground, a court heard.

Ackerman, 48, is accused of conning £61,560 out of West Ham footballers and staff including star striker Andy Carroll, James Tomkins, Aaron Cresswell, Joey O'Brien and Allardyce.

He sold them cut-price Harrods and Fortnum & Masons hampers at the West Ham training ground in Decembers 2014 to make £7,310 profit from 13 players and club staff, the court was told.

But the hampers were never delivered and then Ackerman used their bank details to plunder their bank accounts, draining them of a further £54,250, the jury heard.

Allardyce, who has since been sacked after less than 10 weeks as England boss, has already given evidence to the trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court via videolink from Thailand.

On Wednesday the court heard former West Ham defender and current Republic of Ireland international Joey O'Brien, the first footballer to give evidence.

Former England manager Sam Allardyce says he was conned in £60,000 'Christmas hamper' scam

Other players including Kevin Nolan, Andy Carroll and James Tomkins were due to give evidence on Wednesday afternoon.

O'Brien was asked by prosecutor Richard Milne if he was still playing for the club, and answered: "No I'm not at the club. I'm between clubs at the minute."

Giving his account of December 12, 2014, he said: "I got champagne and Christmas hampers.

"I spent £1,200 on them and I paid with a chip and pin machine."

The player said the machine belonged to a "salesman who was selling hampers" and he used his bank card to pay.

He said: "I hoped they would come a few days later.

"We were waiting for the stuff to arrive at the training ground. I never received them."

The court heard in the days after the purchases he noticed unauthorised transactions were made, totalling £750, using his bank card.

Asked to describe the man selling the hampers, the defender said: "He was a white male, mid 40s to early 40s, probably about 10 years older than me, so late 30s, early 40s.

"He was fairly smartly dressed, he had a smart watch on which caught my eye.

"I think it was around lunchtime maybe. I'm not too sure and I can't remember exactly.

"I wasn't there too long as I was in the process of doing something else, so I bought the champagne and moved on."

During cross-examination he said he couldn't remember any particular facial features,and he couldn't remember anything unusual about the salesman.

When asked if the fraud was discussed by people at the club, he said: "Roughly around that time, I suppose a few days and a couple of weeks after, a few of the lads were saying 'I don't think these are going to turn up.'

"When the stuff with the bank accounts started to come out a few were saying something obviously further was going on."

Giving evidence Stijn Vandenbroucke, head of medical and sports science at the club, said: "I ordered 20 bottles of champagne and three bottles of port.

"They were very cheap."

He told the jury he spent £650 and said: "I paid using a visa debit card on the chip and pin machine he had."

Asked when he thought his order would arrive, he said: "I was hoping before Christmas, but it never arrived."

Describing the man, Mr Vandenbroucke said: "He had dark hair and he had a funny nose.

"Before, at the time I noticed it was fractured. It wasn't straight lined."

He added: "I mentioned it was a funny nose. With a fractured nose it goes left or right. It was something that caught my eye."

Asked why he bought the booze, he said: "I made a quick decision at the time.

"I didn't linger. It was cheap, it should have been less cheap.

"The man was situated in the entrance of the building and at the time my office was outside the building and all morning I was in and out, in and out, in and out.

"Every time I went by I thought I should buy some champagne and I made a quick decision. I saw him many times throughout the day."

The court heard from West Ham's assistant manager at the time, Neil McDonald, who spent £60 on a hamper.

Giving evidence via videolink from Hull Crown Court, having just been appointed as Hull City's new assistant coach, he was asked if he was tempted by the prices.

He said: "Yes, I was.

"I was buying a hamper which looked a good price for my mother who used to live in that area.

"The one I chose was £150, offered for £60. I paid for it with a debit card with a chip and pin machine, which he had with him."

Describing the man selling the goods he said he was a white mam, around 5ft 10ins "with grey hair" which he didn't think was short, and added "it was just a full head of hair".

Ackerman, of Loughton, Essex, denies 13 counts of fraud by misrepresentation and one count of possessing a chip and pin reading device to use in fraud on December 12, 2014.

He also denies four counts of fraudulently using bank cards to purchase goods or services and on or after that date, and one count of possession of an article for use in fraud.

The trial continues.

"It is not like we are playing Millwall" - West Ham boss Slaven Bilic downplays animosity for Chelsea game
22:30, 25 OCT 2016
The Hammers face the Blues in the League Cup with tensions set to be high in the London derby with Bilic confirming he will name his strongest possible side
The Mirror

Slaven Bilic wants his West Ham players fired up to face Chelsea after declaring: "It is not like we are playing Millwall."

There will be a massive security operation for the potentially explosive derby – the biggest football match so far at the London Stadium.

But the Hammers boss insisted he has no security worries before the EFL Cup clash and wants his "strongest possible side" to concentrate on victory.

"I don't want them to be calm, no, no," said the Croat. "I want them to be focused and up for it but at the same time not to do anything stupid - of course not. To be calm but not to be flat.

"Before these games you don't need a special motivation as it is Chelsea. You want them to be in a state that they can't wait for the game to start."

Bilic, a veteran of Istanbul derbies with Besiktas, tried to play down the tinderbox nature of tie against their West London rivals.

"Hopefully all the problems at the stadium have gone," he said. "All we can do is try to play good football and win games. That also helps the atmosphere. It's all we can do.

"We had a London derby two weeks ago against Crystal Palace, we have Spurs, we have Arsenal we have Chelsea, you can even call Watford a London derby.

Chelsea skipper John Terry ready to make Blues return in EFL Cup clash at West Ham
"At the end of the day it is not like we are playing Millwall, we are playing Chelsea. We did it all last year and we behaved well when we played well against most of them."

Bilic claimed the victory at Crystal Palace after the dismissal of Aaron Cresswell was the turning point in their season – and said training at the London Stadium had also helped, although the Hammers did not go there yesterday. "You score some good goals from a specific spot in training and when you are in a match you think: 'I scored yesterday from here'," he said


Tuesday, October 25

Daily WHUFC News - 26th October 2016

Preview - Chelsea

When and where?
West Ham United v Chelsea
EFL Cup fourth round
Wednesday 26 October 2016, 7.45pm BST
London Stadium
What's the story?
West Ham United host their first London derby at their new home on Wednesday when Chelsea make the trip across town for an EFL Cup fourth round tie.
Slaven Bilic's men come into the game with an improved run of form behind them, having followed up a draw with Middlesbrough by beating Crystal Palace and Sunderland by 1-0 scorelines in their last two Premier League outings.
Chelsea, too, will be pleased with their recent results, having recovered from a 3-0 defeat at Arsenal by defeating Hull, Leicester City and then most impressively Manchester United by four unanswered goals at the weekend.
Three straight wins achieved since Blues boss Antonio Conte went back to his favoured three at the back formation has lifted them to fourth in the league table, just a point behind leaders Manchester City.
In the Cup, Chelsea won their third round tie after coming from two goals down against last season's league winners Leicester.
A Shinji Okazaki double looked to have put the Foxes in a strong position, but Gary Cahill and Cesar Azpilicueta netted to force an additional 30 minutes, in which Cesc Fabregas notched twice to secure a 4-2 victory.

That followed a 3-2 win over League One side Bristol Rovers in round two, while West Ham booked their place at this stage of the competition by beating Accrington Stanley by the only goal of the game in the third round.
Team news
Slaven Bilic has indicated that he will play as strong a side as possible on Wednesday, with progress in this competition one of his key aims.
Aaron Cresswell returns to the squad following a suspension, while goalkeeper Darren Randolph has featured in Europe and in cup competitions for the Hammers this term, but has been absent from the bench for the last two games due to a minor injury.
Andre Ayew has recently returned to training, but Andy Carroll, Arthur Maskuaku (both knee), Gokhan Tore (quadriceps), Sam Byram (hamstring) and Diafra Sakho (back) remain out.
For Chelsea, they will have to assess Fabregas (thigh) and Branislav Ivanovic (muscle), while Kurt Zouma has returned to training but is not ready to face the Hammers.
Brazilian duo Willian and Oscar are in contention after returning from their homeland following the death of the former's mother and latter's grandfather.
How do I get to the game?
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The latest travel news on the trains can be found here, and click here for news on the roads, Underground, London Overground and TfL rail services.
How can I watch the game?
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Slaven Speaks - Chelsea

Ahead of West Ham United's EFL Cup last-16 tie against Chelsea, boss Slaven Bilic sat down with the press to discuss Wednesday night's London Derby. The Hammers manager confirmed he will play a strong side at the London Stadium, and also talked about Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and Dimitri Payet's Ballon d'Or shortlist selection…

Slaven, will this game against Chelsea in the EFL Cup be one of the most special matches at the new Stadium so far?

SB: "I think so. I haven't thought of it quite like that, but it's a cup game, a London derby, so it's a big game and a big occasion. "Supporters have to be just behind us and we are feeling them in every game we play. We want them to be like that tomorrow and be our 12th player, as they say, and I am sure they are going to be. "I don't want to answer so many questions about the Stadium week-in, week-out – I can only repeat my answers, that we want to try and play good football and win games. The atmosphere on Saturday helped, to be that good. That's all we can do."

Do you think you have now turned a corner?

SB: "Yeah, we have seven points from three games, and we have a couple of wins and a couple of clean sheets. Of course the confidence is back now and we have to continue like this and approach every game like it's our last game; totally focused. If we do that, we should be alright."

What do you think of Chelsea and their new system under Antonio Conte?

SB: "After the defeat against Arsenal, they changed the system and now they have three wins and three good performances and three clean sheets. They are definitely very positive now. "They are playing good football. It was a great game against Manchester United from their aspect. They are one of the candidates to win the league. Their squad is big enough and they have quality in every part of the pitch. "They have hit form now. They are playing good, they are fit, they have a system now and it's working well for them."

Is it important for managers to be able to show the emotion of the touchline?

SB: "You have different people. When you are winning, your methods are good, on the touchline and in training. Some managers sit and watch the game and some are almost like they're playing. "You have to be yourself. During the [Chelsea v Manchester United] game, I saw nothing wrong from Conte or nothing he did that he hasn't before at Juventus. He is very aggressive in a good way, coaching from the touchline."

What's your reaction to Dimitri Payet being shortlisted for the Ballon d'Or?

SB: "I would be surprised if he wasn't shortlisted. He deserves it. He did great last season and on top of that, he had a great Euro with his country. He is very deservedly on that with some top players. "I didn't see [Payet juggling chewing gum]. Of course, he is that good!"

Can we expect changes against Chelsea or will you keep the team similar?

SB: "I said after the Sunderland game that the approach would be to play our strongest possible team. We played on Saturday and the game is Wednesday and then we play Everton on Sunday. "We are going to see today. Yesterday's training was a mix between regeneration for the players who played and bit more for those who didn't. "Now we have a full squad, we will decide and we are going to put a strong team out; as strong as possible."

This is always a well-fought fixture between the two sides isn't it?

SB: "It's a one-off London derby in the cup, and it's a very interesting competition for us. Five or six years ago, teams were not so keen on this cup, but look at the last few seasons, and everyone is trying. "Most make two or three changes, because they have big, strong squads. Chelsea don't have a weak team anyway. "But last year we did well against Chelsea, beating them at home and drawing away, and this is a new season. But we have got our confidence back and have a couple of wins and we're very positive and we'll try to knock them out."

You said you will play a strong team, so where does the EFL Cup feature in this season's plans?

SB: "We are now in the last-16 and if we go through, it's already the quarter-finals. You have some fixtures that some of the big teams will go out in. Man United are playing Man City, Spurs are playing Liverpool, so if you go through and have a good draw, you could have a game which you can go through, if you play good. "Then you are there. It's not ideal to play midweek, and Everton might be more fresh on Sunday, but at this stage of the season, it's not a problem to play Saturday-Wednesday-Sunday.

"That's why we are going to put a very strong team out tomorrow."

Finally, how serious was West Ham's interest in Michy Batshuayi?

SB: "It's all stories. He was on a list of many, many clubs because of his achievements with Olympique Marseille. He's a really good young striker. "He was the subject of basically all the clubs that could afford him. He opted for Chelsea and that's it. "Ask him [about being frustrated on the bench]! It's not frustrating for me!"

Stevens - It will be a special atmosphere

BBC London Sports Editor Pete Stevens knows all about West Ham and Chelsea having covered both clubs on a regular basis for a number of years.

Stevens is expecting a big atmosphere at London Stadium on Wednesday night and feels the Hammers have managed to turn their season around at just the right time....

It is really important that West Ham have put together back-to-back victories and Slaven says he can feel the confidence growing in the changing room.

With the form Chelsea have been in, especially over the last two weeks, it is important for West Ham to be on that level facing them when they are flying.

Chelsea are the in-form team but you have to anticipate that Conte is going to make changes to the side.

The Chelsea squad is a lot bigger than West Ham and if they make six or seven changes, they are still able to bring a number of internationals into the side.

But they have also got to get used to the new system and a number of the players coming in might not have been used to the system that he plays or been involved in such a big London derby.

That could work to West Ham's advantage and if they could contain them for the opening 20 minutes and even score a goal, Chelsea might have to change their formation of how they are going to play.

I think both teams are full of confidence at the moment and Slaven said in his press conference that he doesn't anticipate making a lot of changes. He is going to play his strongest available side and that will only benefit West Ham.

Slaven has changed the system recently and everyone looks a lot more comfortable. The wing backs are getting forward and it seems to be working.

They could probably do with a few more goals but if they can get over that problem then I think they will have a successful season and finish in the top half.

Victor Moses will be making a return to face West Ham and I have always thought he is a good player. He has been loaned out a few times but he has never done a bad job wherever he has been.

He has been given the responsibility this season of helping out the back three and is doing it really well. He is putting in tackles that I have never seen him do before. He has electric pace and is invaluable for Conte to have that kind of player. He is very versatile.

I found out that he has only played 100 Premier League games and he seems to have been around forever. He is having a great season and could be the feather in Chelsea's cap and could win a lot of games for them this season.

It should be a great game on Wednesday night at London Stadium and there has been a lot of hype about the match, but I hope the fans really get behind both teams and make it a special atmosphere.

The Big Interview - Simone Zaza

On Wednesday evening, Simone Zaza will come up against the man who handed him his Italy debut and took him to UEFA Euro 2016 – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte.

The former Juventus and Italy midfielder and boss is known to possess one of the most astute tactical minds in European football.

As a player, he won five Serie A titles, the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup, reached the final of the 1994 World Cup and Euro 2000, and earned 20 international caps.

As a manager, he led Bari to Serie A before guiding Juventus to three consecutive Italian titles, before being promoted to the role of national-team manager in 2014.

West Ham United centre forward Zaza's admiration for his old boss is strong, and is relishing the opportunity of challenging Conte.

Simone, what can you tell us about Antonio Conte?

"It was an honour and a pleasure to play under Mister Conte for Italy. He is a coaching genius and a tactical expert and it is interesting to play for him because he is so obsessed with tactics and the movement of players around the pitch."

Conte was known as a tactical genius with Juventus and Italy and has recently implemented his favoured 'three centre-halves' system at Stamford Bridge, with impressive results so far. How do you expect him to fare in England?

"For him, it will be different coaching in England, where tactics are not the most important thing about the game of football. He will have to battle against the footballing culture of this country, but I think he will do well here."

Are you excited about the prospect of facing his Chelsea team in the EFL Cup fourth round in front of a competition-record crowd at London Stadium?

"I am happy because this is a big match against a big team on a big stage, and I like playing against big teams! I am also happy because I will be reunited with Mister Conte."

Chelsea are in good form, so can we beat them?

"We will be at home again and the fans will be behind us, but it will be a big challenge, so we will need to rise to that and play to our best on the night. I am very much looking forward to the match."

Conte is adapting to English football, as are you, so what are the main differences between the Premier League and Italy's Serie A?

"Well, the game is much more physical here and there is less emphasis on tactics. The game is non-stop for the whole 90 minutes and the other aspect that shouldn't be understated is the fact that West Ham have got many new players this season.

"It's not easy for so many players to settle in and get to know each other in such a short space of time."

What about your own adaptation? How is that going?

"I knew that when I arrived it would be hard, because it's a completely different league, but I didn't think it would be this different. I'm gradually getting used to it, feeling more confident and I'm very positive at the moment."

West Ham United v Chelsea
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Chelsea captain John Terry is fit to return for the EFL Cup fourth round tie at West Ham following an ankle injury.

The Blues defender is set for his first action since 11 September, but defender Branislav Ivanovic and midfielder Cesc Fabregas remain sidelined.

West Ham striker Andre Ayew is back in training after a thigh injury suffered in the first game of the season.

Manager Slaven Bilic will "play a strong team" as his side's next league game, against Everton, is on Sunday.

The Croatian added: "If you go through, because some big teams will have left, you may have an easier game and then you're nearly there.

"It's a one-off London derby cup game. Five or 10 years ago clubs weren't so keen on this cup but now it's important."

I always show respect - Conte

Chelsea's Italian manager Antonio Conte has displayed plenty of passion in his short time in England but is adamant he did not mock Manchester United during their 4-0 victory in the Premier League on Sunday.

Conte encouraged Blues fans to make more noise in the closing stages, with reports claiming Mourinho told the Italian at the final whistle that his actions had "humiliated" United.

"You can see my history and my past, you can see my emotion on the bench," said the former Juventus boss.

"I want to stay very close to my players, to help them when we're suffering. I always show respect for the opponent, for the other team and the other club - my history speaks for me."

This article is written by Stephen Lawrence

So here we are towards the end of October and our leading goal scorer has a very Italian sounding name. Had we been told this would be the case by a fortune teller before the season started then we would have all been visualising Zaza capturing the headlines with some typical Italian style flamboyant strikes. We wouldn't have imagined that our make shift right back, come wing back, come right winger would have stolen the headlines with his pin-point headers, even if Antonio is about as Italian as names can come.

Zaza went to press on arrival at the London Stadium saying that he wanted to emulate Paulo di Canio and his success in claret and blue. Lofty ambition, but why not be bold? And perhaps if that attempted overhead kick against Sunderland had gone in, then he would have propelled himself to permanent Hammers fame for one of our most outrageous goals in the Premier League and the comparisons with Di Canio may have begun. Unfortunately not, and until he does score a wonder strike, he's still going to be associated with the most calamatous fail ever in an international penalty shoot out! Luckilly, he wasn't a West Ham player at the time or we would have all been suffering.

Looking at his record, there are reasons to be cautious. He's an international, but his 14 caps for Italy have only yielded just a single goal, that back in September 2014. His strike rate for Juventus is better at 1 goal per 3 games, a similar rate to his prior club Sassuolo. But Juventus have loaned him out and clearly don't see him as first choice for them. So here he his plying his trade at West Ham and, by many recent accounts, working hard.

But will hard work cut it? Based on his goal scoring record back in Italy, if he played, say, 30 games across the season, we'd expect 10 goals from him. Is that enough? Not if he's billed as the 20+ goal headline striker we've been chasing. His work rate certainly seems to have increased over the past two matches but the concern must be that he just doesn't look dangerous, not so far. Compare him with Defoe in the Sunderland game. Every time Defoe got the ball in or near our box he looked like he could create an opportunity. He looked very dangerous. And importantly, he knew where the space was to be created so that his team mates could get the ball to his feet. Something's awry with Zaza in the sense that he's not even making chances let alone scoring goals.

So what's the problem? Is he better suited to playing as part of two up front? Are our play-makers not playing to his strengths? Is he taking a long time to adjust to the Premier League? Is he not up to it? He seems a likeable guy and he's working hard to make an impact. If he was unlucky and keepers were making great saves or he was hitting the woodwork, it would clearly just be a matter of time until he got the breakthrough. But something's not working properly right now. Either our tactics need to change to better bring him into the game or we need to consider how long we hang onto him. Either way, it doesn't look like he's suited to the style we're playing him in and he's only going to lose confidence and find the fans on his back if the goals don't come. The manager needs to decide; either change the system up front or change the player. It seems fruitless to carry on regardless. Best of luck Zaza whatever the outcome. Perhaps you'll surprise us all get a hat-trick against Chelsea.

Scott Parker led player rebellion over Grant sacking
Filed: Tuesday, 25th October 2016
By: Staff Writer

Scott Parker led a players' rebellion on the day Avram Grant was fired as West Ham boss, according to a former team mate.

Danny Gabbidon has revealed how Grant was told to find his own way home having been fired by Karren Brady in the tunnel immediately after the final whistle in West Ham's 3-2 defeat at Wigan in May 2011 - a result that condemned the club to relegation from the Premier League.

And the former Welsh international also revealed how Scott Parker subsequently instigated a revolt amongst the players, who were unanimously disgusted with the manager's treatment, upon hearing the news.

"What the board did to Avram was really poor," Gabbidon, speaking exclusively on the latest edition of the KUMB West Ham Podcast said. "They basically told him to find his own way home from the ground.

"The players were really angry about that which is why Scotty said 'that's unacceptable; If you've sacked him, fine, but he's still our manager and he travels back with the team'.

"So that's how we managed to get him back on the coach. It was just embarrassing really, that wasn't the way to conduct your business. We felt it was the right thing to do - which is why Scotty did it."

Central defender Gabbidon, who spent six years at West Ham between 2005 and 2011 maintained that Grant was a dead man walking just a matter of months into his sole season as Hammers boss in 2010/11, having lost the support of the Board.

"There was stuff going on behind the scenes and they were doing things without his input," he added. "He wasn't happy with what was going on so I think when he finally got sacked, it was a bit of relief for him as well. He didn't really stand a chance in the end.

"In the final few weeks of the season the training ground wasn't a good place to be around. During the games it was difficult too as the fans were unhappy. There were even one or two players who didn't want to play in the last home game of the season [against Sunderland] because they didn't want to deal with the crowd and the atmosphere."

The 37-year-old, who retired as a professional last year also revealed how he had his own issues with the club's Board as a direct result of their poor relationship with Grant.

"I hadn't been playing and Cardiff had made an enquiry, so I'd gone to David Sullivan and said 'what are the chances of leaving, because I'm coming to the end of my contract and I need to be playing'," he recalled.

"Karren Brady had said I could go but Avram Grant didn't know anything about it. When he found out he said he didn't want me to leave, so she had to retract her original statement and tell me I couldn't go as she shouldn't have said that behind the manager's back.

"They just didn't get on and were doing things behind his back, so I ended up staying for the rest of that season."

Gabbidon: this season reminds me of 2006/07
Filed: Tuesday, 25th October 2016
By: Staff Writer

Former Hammer Danny Gabbidon says that West Ham's current form is reminiscent of the 2006/07 season - which ended with perhaps the greatest escape of them all.

Gabbidon, 37, speaking on the latest episode of the KUMB Podcast told hosts Chris Scull and Bianca Westwood that he saw many similarities between Slaven Bilic's sophomore season and the Premiership campaign that ended in survival on the final day at Old Trafford ten years ago.

"The 2006/07 season was similar to what's happening to West Ham now," he said. "We had such a good season - qualifying for Europe, an FA Cup Final - we thought we were the big boys now and that it was going to happen again. But it just didn't happen.

"We thought we'd been there and done it. We took our eye of the ball, if I'm honest with you. And there was the Tevez and Mascherano saga which didn't actually go down that well with the manager. They were totally contrasting seasons, really.

"Pards probably started believing the hype a little too much - there was a lot of talk about how good a manager he was becoming off the back of the previous season. He probably took his eye of the ball - and we did as players, as well.

"There was a touch of complacency about it all. We didn't start the season well, Pards didn't last too long and it was a really difficult season. We expected things to happen and got a bit too cocky.

"How you start the season is really important, I think. We started poorly - and then it's very easy for confidence to go the other way. It's a similar situation now."

Gabbidon, who retired as a pro last year also felt that the club failed to enhance the current squad during the summer - and questioned whether the current owners were in a position to be able to take West Ham to the mythical 'next level'.

"The players who have come in to West Ham this season probably haven't helped the dynamic of the team too much," he insisted.

"They did so well last season - probably too well - so that in the summer, David Gold and Sullivan were probably thinking we don't need too much. But now, to go to the next level, we need to be spending £30mllion or £40million on individual players - and I don't think they're ready to do that.

"I don't think the players who have come in this season have helped and quality-wise, I don't think they've been good enough to push on again -hence you;'ve seen a poor start to the season.

It's similar in some ways to 2006/07 when you had the takeover and new players coming into the team plus a lot of things going on off the pitch as well, which didn't help."

Boy bottled by Sunderland striker
Filed: Tuesday, 25th October 2016
By: Staff Writer

Sunderland striker Victor Anichebe was at the centre of a storm on Saturday afternoon after he was accused of hitting a young West Ham supporter with a bottle.

The Sunderland #21, who was an unusued sub as his team were beaten 1-0 by West Ham at the weekend became embroiled in a row with a section of Hammers fans immediately after the game finished.

Anichebe, 28, was then accused of throwing a bottle that has been hurled from the crowd back at West Ham fans - where it is reported to have hit a young supporter, who hadn't been previously involved in the fracas.

That resulted in further ugly scenes as yet more Hammers fans attempted to remonstrate with the Nigerian forward, who had to be dragged away from the scene by fellow players and Sunderland staff members.

Naturally furious, the boy's father later reported the incident to Police. It is unknown whether Anichebe has been spoken to since

Antonio Conte appeals for respect ahead of West Ham v Chelsea EFL Cup derby
By Paul Vinnell
Last Updated: 25/10/16 4:42pm

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has called for respect from all sides at Wednesday's EFL Cup clash at London rivals West Ham.

Chelsea have been allocated over 5,000 tickets for the fourth-round tie on their first visit to the Olympic Stadium - a fixture considered high-risk by the Metropolitan Police.

Conte wound up Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho with his passionate touchline behaviour at the weekend and, while again defending his actions, said: "I think that everyone must show respect.

"For me, for my work, for my job. In every game I show myself. Not here, only one game. I have a history and you can see my history, my past and my behaviours on the bench.

"I'm a passionate man, I show this in the past, now. I want to stay very close to my players, also to play with them, to help. I always show respect for the opponent, for the other teams, for the other club and my history speaks for me.

"I know that these two teams are big rivals, but in England it's fantastic the atmosphere during the game, during a match and I hope to see this tomorrow."

Conte confirmed he would make changes to his starting XI and hinted that some of his young stars could be given a chance to shine.
Conte said: "We have this competition and for us it's important, but also this cup can permit you to see some young players who are working well with us, and give us the chance to see their development.

"It's an important cup for us. This season we only have this cup and the FA Cup, so it's a situation to see other players. Tomorrow we will make some changes.

"We know this for sure will be a tough game against a big rival, we played them and it was a tough game, but we are ready. The players are ready to play a good game.

"West Ham had a difficult start but after two wins, the confidence is high. When I see the squad of West Ham I see a lot of good players… and they have a great manager, who is a great worker.

"I know his work and we have a great respect. We played them and it was a tough game, for sure tomorrow it will be similar."

* TfL and the Met Police advise that away supporters can use both Pudding Mill Lane and Stratford stations before and after the game on Wednesday night.

Slaven Bilic believes Antonio Conte did not 'humilate' Man United
By Mark Crellin
Last Updated: 25/10/16 12:36pm

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic says he has no problems with Chelsea boss Antonio Conte's touchline behaviour, ahead of their Wednesday night EFL Cup showdown.

The issue was raised after Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho appeared to be irritated by Conte's attempts to whip up the home crowd on Sunday, with his Chelsea side already 4-0 up at Stamford Bridge.

In the aftermath of the match, the Italian media reported that Mourinho felt Conte's actions were "humiliating for us".

But Bilic does not agree with that interpretation and says Conte's touchline demeanour is not something he takes issue with.

"I know what Jose thought of that, but I don't think that's the reason Conte did it, to humiliate United," said Bilic.

"He just wanted the crowd to praise the team because they were winning, and for what they had done in the game.

"From my point of view, I don't think he wanted to humiliate United.

"On the touchline many managers just sit and watch the game, others are like they are playing. You have to be yourself.

"During that game I saw nothing wrong from Conte or nothing he hasn't done since he started. It was typical Conte. Aggressive, but in a good way."

Wednesday's match will be the first local derby at the London Stadium and a 'robust' policing plan is in place, in light of possible animosity between the rival fans.

Previous Hammers home games have been marred by disturbances in the stands but Bilic is keen to focus upon matters that take place on the pitch.

"It's a cup game, a derby against Chelsea, so yes it's a big game, a big occasion," he added.

"The message to the fans is just to get behind us, because we are feeling them in every game and we want them to be our 12th player.

"Hopefully, the problems are gone. I'm getting fed up with answering those questions week in, week out.

"All we can do is try to play good football and win games. That also helps the atmosphere. It's all we can do."


Daily WHUFC News II - 25th October

Dimi nominated for Ballon D'Or

Dimitri Payet has been nominated for the 2016 Ballon d'Or - the prestigious
award presented to the world's best player.

The Ballon D'Or (Golden Ball) has been organised by France Football magazine
since 1956 and is based on voting by Europe-based journalists.

The West Ham United midfielder has enjoyed a stellar year, scoring nine
goals and assisting 16 more in Claret and Blue and winning the Hammer of the
Year award at the end of his maiden season in east London.

Payet has also excelled for France, scoring six goals and setting up four to
inspire his country to the final of UEFA Euro 2016.

The 29-year-old is among eight Premier League players shortlisted among the
30 finalists, alongside fellow countryman Hugo Lloris of Tottenham Hotspur,
Leicester City pair Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy, Manchester United duo
Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba, and Manchester City's Kevin de Bruyne and
Sergio Aguero.

Payet posted a message on his Instagram account after receiving his
nomination, saying: "An honour and a great pride to be a member of this list
of 30 players nominated for the Ballon D'Or 2016."

The award has been won in each of the last seven years by either Barcelona
and Argentina star Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, who took home one
award while with Manchester United and two more since joining Real Madrid.

No West Ham player has ever won the Ballon D'Or, although captain Bobby
Moore finished as runner-up to Germany centre forward Gerd Muller in 1970 -
the year he led England to the FIFA World Cup quarter-finals in Mexico.

This year's winner will be announced in January.

2016 Ballon D'Or shortlist: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Pierre-Emerick
Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund), Gareth Bale (Real Madrid), Gianluigi Buffon
(Juventus), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester
City), Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid), Antoine
Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Gonzalo Higuain (Juventus), Zlatan Ibrahimovic
(Manchester United), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Koke (Atletico Madrid),
Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Hugo Lloris
(Tottenham Hotspur), Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City), Lionel Messi
(Barcelona), Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich),
Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Neymar (Barcelona), Dimitri Payet (West Ham),
Pepe (Real Madrid), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Rui Patricio (Sporting
Lisbon), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Luis Suarez (Barcelona), Jamie Vardy
(Leicester City), Arturo Vidal (Bayern Munich).

Supporters urged to arrive early for EFL Cup fixture against Chelsea

. West Ham United have released the following information for supporters
attending Wednesday evening's game with Chelsea.
. All supporters are encouraged to arrive early to ensure quick access to
. The Metropolitan Police Service has a tactical solution for matches being
held at
the London Stadium which will allow the safe deployment of officers into the
stadium, if required, to deal with any crime or disorder.
. Pre-match home and away supporters will mix freely but there will be
segregation in place.
. There will be no pre-match alcohol sales from the mobile bars outside the
but bars will be open as normal inside the ground.
. All bottled alcoholic beverages will be decanted into plastic cups. There
will be no
post-match alcohol sales.
. The purchase of tickets for the fixture has been limited to supporters
with a
recorded West Ham United purchase history.
. The Club and London Stadium partners would like thank all supporters for
our commitment to deliver the best possible matchday experience for all.

West Ham United and Chelsea supporters have been urged to arrive in good
time ahead
of Wednesday evening's EFL Cup tie.

For the safety and security of all supporters there will be an enhanced body
search policy at
the turnstiles, so both home and away supporters are encouraged to arrive
early to ensure
quick access to the Stadium.

The safety and security arrangements for both inside and outside London
Stadium have
been developed and agreed by all key stakeholders including the Club, London
Stadium 185
and E20 Stadium LLP. The Metropolitan Police Service have been working
closely and
effectively with them, will deal with crime and disorder and support all the
stakeholders in
making this a safe event.

The Metropolitan Police Service has a tactical solution for matches being
held at the London
Stadium which will allow the safe deployment of officers into the stadium,
if required, to
deal with any crime or disorder.

The Metropolitan Police Service have confirmed for this fixture, and for
every match going
forward, that a tactical solution will be in place at London Stadium. This
will allow the safe
deployment of officers into the stadium, if required, to deal with any crime
or disorder,
before a permanent Airwave radio solution is installed by February 2017.

Whilst there have been zero arrests made inside London Stadium this season,
Metropolitan Police Service have a proportionate policing plan that means
they can deal
with any crime and disorder inside the stadium, if required. It is worth
noting that only four
games at the Boleyn Ground last season had a police presence inside the

Police will also continue to provide an appropriate and visible presence
outside London
Stadium for the fixture, as there has been for every game this season.

A great deal of work has taken place behind the scenes to continue to
improve the
matchday experience for supporters. London Stadium 185, working with the
Club, have
significantly increased stewarding numbers and continue to ensure that all
stewards hold, or
are working towards an NVQ level two qualification in spectator safety. The
stewarding at
the Stadium is fully compliant with all safety requirements and all members
of the
stewarding response teams hold an SIA license. Former Boleyn Ground stewards
have also
been deployed in areas that reflect their experience and expertise.

Adequate and appropriate segregation lines have been established inside
London Stadium
and additional segregation lines will be in place outside the away turnstile
on Wednesday

Ahead of the game, home and away supporters will mix freely around the
stadium, however
it is important for supporters to note that there will be post-match

A cordon will be in place either side of turnstile D (away turnstile) and
all away supporters
will egress via the south steps towards Pudding Mill Lane Station. The
corridor from turnstile
D to the south steps will be closed to home supporters for around 30 minutes
during peak

Due to the post-match segregation, home supporters exiting podium level via
turnstiles C, B
and A will need to turn right on exit and walk clockwise around the stadium.
supporters exiting podium level via turnstiles E, F and G will need to turn
left on exit and
walk anti-clockwise around the stadium.

We strongly advise supporters to listen out on the night as any changes to
the plans for
exiting the Stadium will be communicated during the match via the tannoy
system, and to
always follow stewards' instructions to ensure a safe and swift exit.

Due to this process, access to the blue badge car park for disabled
supporters will be
delayed immediately after the game. Supporters parked in the blue badge car
park should
gather adjacent to turnstiles C and E and will be escorted to the car park
once peak egress
has subsided.

There will be no pre-match alcohol sales from the mobile bars outside the
Stadium, but bars
will be open as normal inside the ground. All bottled alcoholic beverages
will be decanted
into plastic cups. There will be no post-match alcohol sales.

The purchase of tickets for the fixture has been limited to supporters with
a recorded West
Ham United purchase history. Please do not come to the stadium if you do not
have a valid
match ticket as you will not be able to purchase one on the night and
therefore will not be
admitted to the ground.

Collaboration between West Ham United and London Stadium 185 is extensive,
colleagues routinely working together in pre-match planning meetings, inside
the control
room on matchdays and conducting CCTV reviews after every match.

The Club would like to thank our fantastic supporters for the way they have
come and put
their support behind the team so far this season. It is important to note
that the
overwhelming majority of supporters attending matches at London Stadium so
far this
season have behaved impeccably during their visits.

The Club has been proud to welcome week-in-week-out our 10,000 under-16
season ticket
holders and 25,000 supporters who attend as part of a family unit. It is
imperative to the
Club that London Stadium offers a safe and family-friendly environment for
them and all

Therefore, we must restate that, in line with our zero tolerance policy, any
West Ham
United supporters found to be acting inappropriately will be identified and
dealt with

As a result of our highly efficient matchday operation and London Stadium's
state of the art
Panomera CCTV system, which provides HD footage of all areas at London
23 banning orders have been issued for offences ranging from drinking in
view of the pitch
to breaking the line of segregation.

The Club and London Stadium partners would like thank all supporters for
sharing our
commitment to deliver the best possible matchday experience for all.

EFL Cup: West Ham v Chelsea tie to see enhanced security at London Stadium

Supporters will face enhanced security checks, an alcohol ban and a "robust
policing plan" when West Ham host Chelsea in the EFL Cup on Wednesday.
Chelsea have been allocated more than 5,000 tickets for the fourth-round
tie, deemed high risk because of a history of animosity between fans. Since
West Ham relocated to London Stadium this season, 23 banning orders have
been issued. Nine arrests have been made outside the ground since the move
from Upton Park.

For the visit of Chelsea, fans should expect an "enhanced body search
policy" at the turnstile, while no alcohol will be sold before the match
from mobile bars outside the stadium. A spokesperson for partners in the
stadium - West Ham, E20 Stadium LLP and London Stadium 185 - said
"significant resources" had been applied to the fixture with a "robust
policing plan in place".

West Ham's plea for police help

Until now, the Metropolitan Police have not deployed officers inside the
stadium because the radio system emergency services use to communicate will
not be operational until 2017. But the statement added a "tactical solution"
was now in place for the "safe deployment of officers in the stadium". Three
people were arrested after West Ham's Premier League draw with Middlesbrough
this month, while there were clashes in the stands during the defeat by
Watford in September.
Recent matches have featured increased segregation of opposing fans and more

West Ham and Met police announce increased measures to avoid violence at
Chelsea derby
By Lyall Thomas
Last Updated: 25/10/16 7:48am

West Ham have ramped up their security measures for the EFL Cup derby
against Chelsea at the London Stadium on Wednesday. Fans will face body
searches at the turnstiles, tightened alcohol restrictions, post-match
segregation and a "robust policing plan" as part of measures aimed to
minimise crowd trouble between the bitter rivals. Chelsea have been
allocated just under 5,200 tickets for the fourth-round tie on their first
visit to the Hammers' new home - a fixture considered high-risk by the
Metropolitan police. There has already been violence involving West Ham
supporters outside their new stadium at Stratford following the recent
Premier League games against Watford and Middlesbrough. Nine arrests have
been made outside the ground since the beginning of the season, while West
Ham have issued 23 banning orders for offences ranging from drinking in view
of the pitch to breaking the line of segregation.

The Met say a "tactical solution" is now set for future games which will see
officers deployed inside the ground if needed, despite the lack of a
fully-operational Airwave radio system, which is used by the emergency
services and will not be in place until February 2017. West Ham issued
further information for supporters attending the cup tie on their website,
encouraging them to arrive early for "enhanced body searching" at the
turnstiles. Ticket sales for home fans have been limited to supporters with
a recorded purchase history at West Ham, while no alcohol will be sold
pre-match from mobile bars outside the stadium. Those inside will be open as
normal but will serve drinks in plastic cups, and there will be no
post-match sales. Segregation will be in place outside the away turnstile
along to ensure Chelsea fans are directed via the south steps towards
Pudding Mill Lane Docklands Light Railway Station.

Chelsea's Mikel John Obi says West Ham have lost their fear factor since
moving to the London Stadium
Evening Standard

Mikel John Obi believes West Ham have lost their home advantage since moving
to the London Stadium and is convinced Chelsea can take advantage in the EFL
Cup. Chelsea will be playing West Ham at their new ground for the first time
in the fourth round of the competition tomorrow night well aware that Slaven
Bilic's side have already lost three home games there and needed a
last-minute winner from Winston Reid to beat bottom club Sunderland in the
League on Saturday.
Mikel feels the Hammers are paying a heavy price for leaving the Boleyn
Ground, even though their new stadium's capacity is larger by 25,000.
Speaking to Standard Sport, Mikel said: "West Ham's new ground is very good
but I think it's why they have suffered in the League. It is a big ground, a
good pitch and I think clubs go there to express themselves. In a way, every
team that goes there feels that both teams are playing away from home. "In
contrast, playing at the Boleyn Ground was very intimidating. The stands
were very close, the fans were right there and the pitch wasn't that big.
West Ham knew how to play on that surface, they were used to it. You could
hear some of the things their fans were saying to you and it was unnerving.
"But in a big stadium like the one they have now, you can't hear things. It
is only a matter of time before they get used to it and they did just beat
Sunderland. "I just hope they don't show what they can do against Chelsea."
Mikel is hoping he gets a chance to impress, having not made an appearance
for the Blues all season. The 29-year-old missed the start of the campaign
as he was playing for Nigeria at the Olympics and has fallen behind Nemanja
Matic, N'Golo Kante and even 21-year-old Nathaniel Chalobah in the pecking
order. Mikel, who joined the club in 2006, says he has held talks with
manager Antonio Conte about his lack of playing time and is determined to
fight for his Chelsea career. He added: "I hope I will get some playing time
against West Ham, but it is down to the manager. He has been open and honest
with me. I respect him for that. He has explained the situation and I
totally understand. When you have been at a club for a long time, these
things happen where a club wants to move forward. I just have to be
professional, work as hard as I can to try and get into the team. I work
twice as hard every day and it's because I appreciate this club. "I have
been here a long time, have a lot of trophies and memories that will never
go away. If I don't get back in the side, I will respect it. I always
respect the football club's decision. The club is more important than me."

Mikel, who is out of contract in the summer, has won 10 major trophies with
Chelsea in all, the first of which was the League Cup in 2007.

West Ham announce 'robust' plans to prevent violence with body searches and
alcohol restrictions for Cup clash with Chelsea
Evening Standard

West Ham have announced that fans will face body searches at the turnstiles,
alcohol restrictions, post-match segregation and a "robust policing plan" as
part of measures aimed to minimise crowd trouble when they host Chelsea in
the EFL Cup. Chelsea have been allocated just under 5,200 tickets for
Wednesday night's fourth-round tie at London Stadium, which has been
designated as a high-risk fixture given the history of animosity between the
two sets of fans. West Ham moved from Upton Park into the converted Olympic
Stadium for the start of the new season. There have been instances of
disturbances in the stands during some Premier League fixtures, including
against Watford and Middlesbrough. Recent matches have seen an increased
line of segregation and also more stewards, as well as improved levels of
training. In total, there have been nine arrests outside London Stadium,
while 23 banning orders have been issued by West Ham, ranging from drinking
in view of the pitch to breaking the line of segregation.

The Metropolitan Police Service says a "tactical solution" is now set for
future games which would see officers deployed inside the ground if needed,
despite the lack of a fully-operational Airwave radio system, which is used
by the emergency services and now planned to be in place at London Stadium
by February 2017.
On Tuesday evening, West Ham published on their website more information for
supporters attending the cup tie and encouraged them to arrive early, with
an "enhanced body search policy" to be implemented at the turnstile. Ticket
sales for home fans have been limited to supporters with a recorded purchase
history at West Ham, while no alcohol will be sold pre-match from mobile
bars outside the stadium. Those inside will be open as normal, albeit
serving drinks in plastic cups, while there will be no post-match sales. The
Met Police will also "continue to provide an appropriate and visible
presence" outside the game, with supporters able to mix freely before the
Afterwards, however, segregation will be in place outside the away turnstile
along with a cordon as Chelsea fans are directed via the south steps towards
Pudding Mill Lane Docklands Light Railway Station. All supporters will be
informed of any changes to these plans on the night via the stadium public
address system.
In the article, West Ham highlighted "the overwhelming majority of
supporters attending matches at London Stadium so far this season have
behaved impeccably during their visits", but also restated the club's 'zero
tolerance policy' which will see any Irons' fans "found to be acting
inappropriately... identified and dealt with accordingly".

A spokesperson for London Stadium partners West Ham, E20 Stadium LLP and
London Stadium 185 said there was confidence the new measures implemented
since the start of the season have proven successful. "The depth of the line
of segregation between home and visiting fans at London Stadium was made
significantly wider after the game against Watford with additional stewards
deployed in that area. This new line of segregation was implemented at the
Accrington Stanley (EFL Cup) game," the spokesperson said. "We have had no
issues with the new segregation and we have had positive feedback from
supporters in that area and consider this early issue to now be resolved."
The spokesperson added: "The Metropolitan Police Service have been working
closely and effectively with all London Stadium stakeholders ahead of the
Chelsea game, and there is a robust policing plan in place to deal with
crime and disorder and support all the stakeholders in making this a safe
event. "The match against Chelsea will have significant resources deployed
to prevent any breach of peace or unsocial behaviour, and help ensure a safe
and family friendly environment for all London Stadium visitors. "All
stadium partners are committed to a zero tolerance policy to anti-social
behaviour, inside and outside the London Stadium and will not hesitate to
take action."