FT: West Ham 3 Cardiff 0 (Agg: 5-0)

Full-Time: That's it. A powerful display from West Ham sees them beat Cardiff 3-0 at Upton Park to seal a 5-0 aggregate win. By far the better team in both games.

90+1
Cowie with a header on target but comfortable for Green.

Lansbury threads the ball through to Maynard, who had held his run beautifully. The striker then crashes an emphatic finish into the top corner of the net. That caps a dominant display by the Hammers.

90
Goal! Nicky Maynard!

88
West Ham playing keep-ball now, content to see this out.

86
Cole is replaced by Maynard.

84
Gunnarsson's cross is claimed by Green.

82
Decent effort from Lawrence as he fizzes a drive just wide of the post for Cardiff.

82
McNaughton is off and is replaced by Blake.

81
Reid with an effort now but his shot inside the area is blocked.

80
Whittingham is booked.

79
And now a good save by Marshall at the other end after good work by Cole. It's livened up a little.

79
Cowie nearly gets through and appears to be bundled over by McCartney just as he was about to pull the trigger. Again, that looked a very good shout for a penalty.

78
Sloppy passage of play. West Ham happy with their lead and content to allow Cardiff possession.

76
Cowie replaces McPhail.

76
Kiss is on for Miller.

76
Delay as O'Neil has cut his mouth after being hit by the ball.

75
Taylor is now in a more advanced role and earns a corner from Turner. He then appears to shoot from that corner, nearly sneaking one in at the near post.

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Demel with a lofted cross into the area for Reid but the referee has spotted an infringement.

72
Miller coming deep to get the ball as Cardiff try to make something happen but there seems to be no way through.

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Whittingham heads the corner away.

70
All very comfortable for the Hammers now. Keeping the ball well and even being able to rest players ahead of the final. Cole wins a corner now.

69
Nolan is off to be replaced by McCartney.

68
Booking for Reid.

67
Now Vaz Te squanders a four-on-three situation by ignoring Nolan and trying to go it alone.

67
Vaz Te thinks he's through with a chance to add his second but the flag is up.

66
First shot after the break... and it's an awful one. Miller with a dismal left-footed effort from distance.

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Cole's flick-on nearly finds Lansbury but McPhail has tracked his run well and deals with the threat.

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Lansbury appears to be through in the right channel but his touch lets him down and he lets the ball run out of play for a goal-kick.

62
Still waiting for the first effort of this second half, as Tomkins heads away another long-throw.

60
All a little flat now at Upton Park as both sides go through the motions. Even the West Ham fans a little subdued, safe in the knowledge this one is in the bag.

58
Mason crosses from the right but Green claims.

57
Demel's cross eludes everyone in the box and when O'Neil swings the ball in from the other flank it's well saved by Marshall.

55
Determined effort from Cardiff now but Lansbury eventually buys a free-kick and the pressure is over. Spirited stuff.

54
McNaughton finds a pass down the line to Mason and Taylor is ruled to have fouled his man. It gives Whittingham the chance to swing in a cross from which the Hammers can only concede a corner but Taylor is there to clear it.

53
The home fans are annoyed when Lansbury is called for a handball when well-placed.

51
West Ham still pressing hard through O'Neil. They don't look like they'll be letting this lead slip on the night let alone on aggregate.

50
Hudson hacks down Vaz Te after the forward turned the centre-back near the touchline.

49
Turner, who is forward for a free-kick, crosses for Miller but it's overhit and out of play for a West Ham throw-in.

48
Lansbury is on for Collison.

47
Turner with a strong challenge on Collison and we have a delay as the midfielder is treated for a shoulder injury.

46
West Ham kick-off and we're underway in this second half.

Thanks for your feedback. The players are on the pitch and we'll be getting started again very soon.

Chris: "Just watching your updates in work, can you tell me if Cowie is on the bench? If he scores next (and it) finishes 2-1 my 145/1 bet is up!!" ... Hi Chris, he's on the bench and I'll be thinking of you when West Ham make it 3-1 in the last minute.

Linda is a Blackburn fan who is missing Sam Allardyce. She says: "Hope West ham win today and at Wembley. Blackburn should never have got rid of Big Sam as they are going down."

Rez: "I am a West Ham fan and happy we are 2 -0 but Rob Green continues to gives the ball away every time he has it, I nearly threw my laptop at the wall after the eighth time he kicked back to Cardiff."

Half-Time: West Ham 2-0 up at the break and 4-0 up on aggregate. Realistically, this one is all over. Cardiff will bemoan an early penalty call that Mike Dean missed but they can have no complaints about the outcome. The Hammers have been the stronger side with Nolan and Vaz Te on the scoresheet.

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Tomkins heads away another long-throw.

45
Two minutes added time.

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Vaz Te through in the left channel now. This time he does opt to pass and shows why he made the right decision moments ago - getting it all wrong as he trips himself up.

44
Cole with a header just over.

43
Whittingham with a shot from a free-kick but it's well over. Disappointing for him as he couldn't have placed the ball in a better position.

Demel's through-ball from the right flank finds Vaz Te and the striker has options in the box - a three-on-two scenario - but he doesn't need them. He blasts the ball past Marshall and the Hammers are surely going to Wembley.

40
Goal! Ricardo Vaz Te!

39
Cheers of 'Ole' from the home fans as West Ham start to enjoy themselves.

38
Tomkins and Reid winning their headers for fun at the moment and it keeps coming back to Marshall. In the end, his kick is rushed and he concedes a throw. Cardiff losing belief fast.

37
Gunnarsson tries to find Miller with a through-ball but the Scot is offside.

36
Corner for Cardiff but the referee awards a free-kick to West Ham for shirt-pulling.

34
Cardiff load the box for a free-kick but Reid clears. Plenty still in the area for the return ball in but Miller can't latch onto Hudson's knockdown. With the defenders up, West Ham are able to break quickly through Vaz Te. He finds O'Neil who tries to curl one into the top-left corner but Marshall parries wide.

32
O'Neil tries to find Cole but McNaughton covers well to shovel the ball back to his keeper.

31
Lawrence crosses but there's too much loft on it and Green claims.

30
West Ham on the attack and Demel is on the overlap. He tries to put the cross in but it's blocked for a corner. They scored off the last one and Taylor's ball is dangerous again - only this time it's slightly overhit and drifts past the far post.

28
Miller goes in the book now. Perhaps still annoyed with the early penalty shout that went against him.

27
Lawrence with a diagonal ball looking for Miller but Tomkins gets a head on it. Not entirely convincing but Miller was wrong-footed and that allows Green to come and collect.

26
Whittingham looks to have put Mason through down the right-wing but a close offside call goes against Cardiff.

25
Cross-field pass to Lawrence is overhit and the visitors surrender the ball.

24
Vaz Te then shoots, cutting in on from the left, but it's high and wide.

24
Better hold-up play from Vaz Te and the Hammers enjoy a period of possession.

22
Clever chipped ball by McPhail finds Whittingham's chest with his back to goal in the area. Whittingham's second touch tries to hook the ball over his own head and run in on goal but there's no room for that and the chance is gone.

21
Taylor crosses from the left and it comes out to Lawrence on the other flank. His cross is cleared too and West Ham bring the ball away. Cardiff are asking question of the home side but they have the answers at the moment.

19
Frustration for Cardiff as a decision goes against them. After a bright start this could be a long night for the Bluebirds.

18
Chance for Mason now at the other end. Gets to the by-line only just outside the six-yard box but his cut-back is blocked.

17
Chance! Collison crosses from the right and O'Neil attempts a side-footed volley at goal. It beats Marshall but cannons back off the crossbar. That really would have ended any lingering hopes Cardiff might have had.

Fantastic delivery from the corner by Taylor and Cole heads at goal inside the six-yard box. His effort is blocked but pops up nicely for Nolan virtually on the goal-line and he nods home. Relief around Upton Park.

15
Goal! Kevin Nolan!

14
Taylor's cross for West Ham is a poor one but it's still the home team on the attack and Collison does well to win a corner.

12
Cole twice commits fouls and that is breaking up the home side's momentum. Better signs for Cardiff here.

10
Penalty appeal as Miller goes down under a challenge from Reid. Replays suggest that was a very good shout as Reid missed the ball and tripped the forward. Fortunate to get away with that and Gunnarsson's header from the resulting throw is easily saved by Green.

9
Excellent football from West Ham as Tomkins plays a neat ball into the middle before the ball is spread wide to Demel but Hudson clears his cross.

8
Taylor crosses for Cardiff from the left but Reid heads away. Gunnarsson has been called for offside anyway. Encouraging for the away side that he was in a forward position because the early storm that Allardyce feared hasn't really materialised here.

6
Collison with a neat trick on the right-flank buys a yard to cross left-footed but his delivery is too close to Marshall.

5
First period of possession for Cardiff and a diagonal ball nearly finds Miller in the right channel but it's a little too strong for the striker and runs out of play for a goal-kick.

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The visitors lose the ball softly from a throw-in and the ball is helped forward for Cole to chase. He shrugs off two Cardiff defenders but his ambitious shot from the right corner of the area is wild and well over the bar.

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Marshall then tries to start a quick break but gives the ball away. A bit hurried and it's back with the home side.

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Green launches the ball long to Cole and West Ham win an early throw. It's launched into the area and Vaz Te tries to hook the ball goalwards but it's easily dealt with by Marshall.

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Cardiff kick-off and we're underway.

Tommy says: "Massive game for us Hammers, I reckon 2-1 West Ham!"

Here we go then. The players are about to emerge from the tunnel and we'll be underway very soon.

Jules says: "C'mon Cardiff City 2-0 win!"

More Sky Bet info here: West Ham are 8/13 to secure a victory over Cardiff that would lead them to Wembley this afternoon. The away side are 4/1 to get a win in 90 minutes that will only be worthwhile if they can overturn a 2-0 first-leg deficit. The correct score bet of Cardiff 2-0 is enhanced to 28/1, while Ricardo Vaz Te is 5/1 to open the scoring for the hosts.

The referee is Mike Dean.

West Ham are unchanged from their first-leg win and Sam Allardyce clearly fancies these players to get the job done once again.

West Ham: Green, Demel, Taylor, Reid, Tomkins, Noble, O'Neil, Nolan, Vaz Te, Collison, Cole.

Cardiff: Marshall, McNaughton, Taylor, Hudson, Turner, Lawrence, Whittingham, Gunnarsson, McPhail, Mason, Miller.

The teams are in and will be up shortly.

But do you think Cardiff can do it? Or are West Ham going to Wembley? If you'd like to drop me a line tonight you can email me at adam.bate@bskyb.com or tweet me @GhostGoal

Our friends at Sky Bet rate West Ham 1/20 to qualify, with Cardiff 8/1 outsiders now.

The Hammers lead 2-0 after winning their away leg so it would be a huge upset if the Bluebirds can reach the final now.

Good evening everyone and welcome to our live coverage of this Championship play-off semi-final second leg between West Ham and Cardiff at Upton Park.

Live updates will appear here...

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