West Ham battle past Robins

West Ham United held on to avoid an upset in the Capital One Cup after a 2-1 win at home over League Two side Cheltenham Town.

Last Updated: 27/08/13 at 22:49 Post Comment

Ricardo Vaz Te: West Ham attacker celebrates scoring the opening goal

Ricardo Vaz Te: West Ham attacker celebrates scoring the opening goal

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

Goals either side of half-time from Ricardo Vaz Te and Ravel Morrison appeared to have West Ham cruising into the third round of the competition.

Matt Richards' penalty just before the hour mark gave Cheltenham a sniff of a shock, but the visitors were unable to find an equaliser.

Both manager Sam Allardyce and co-chairman David Gold made it clear before the game that, with the Hammers now looking a solid top-flight outfit following last year's promotion, they fancy a decent stab at the cups this season.

Such is the strength of Allardyce's squad compared to last term he was able to make 11 changes from the side which drew at Newcastle on Saturday while still bringing in the likes of Joe Cole, James Tomkins, Jack Collison, Matt Taylor and Vaz Te.

Their first competitive meeting with Cheltenham was certainly a full-blooded encounter with Cole and Town's Ryan Iniss requiring treatment early on, while Alou Diarra's rare appearance ended after half an hour when he departed on a stretcher.

New signing Razvan Rat, predictably dubbed 'Roland' by his team-mates, may have thought he was in for a gentle introduction to English football but the Romanian full-back was given the runaround by speedy Town winger Jermaine McGlashan in the opening stages.

But Cheltenham were largely restricted to long-range efforts in the first half with Richards curling a free-kick over and captain Russell Penn unlucky to see his 20-yard effort bounce on the roof of the net.

West Ham were hardly posing much more of an attacking threat, although they felt they could have had a penalty when Morrison tumbled in the area, only for referee Graham Scott to book him for diving.

But moments later, in the 42nd minute, Morrison was fouled and this time the official awarded a free-kick which Vaz Te expertly curled home from 25 yards.

Allardyce sent on Stewart Downing for Cole at the interval and the £6million signing from Liverpool's tenacity immediately set up Morrison's sparkling strike.

Moments later Downing went agonisingly close to his first Hammers goal but his header flew inches wide while Vaz Te was denied by a fine save from Brown.

Town pulled one back in bizarre circumstances in the 59th minute when Spanish goalkeeper Adrian, making his debut, got in a horrible mix-up with Tomkins and was penalised for a foul on McGlashan, with Richards tucking in the spot-kick.

But the visitors rarely threatened an equaliser - an Iniss header which flew wide was as close as they came - while West Ham should have enjoyed a far more comfortable night but Collison's drive was tipped over, George McCartney's header hit the crossbar and Taylor's late shot was cleared off the line.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

There are no results at present.

Footer 365

Dunga replaces Luiz Felipe Scolari as manager of Brazil after World Cup semi-final exit

Brazil have appointed Dunga as their new national team manager following the resignation of Luiz Felipe Scolari.

Transfer News: Real Madrid sign James Rodriguez from Monaco in £63million deal

Real Madrid have signed Colombian star James Rodriguez from Monaco in a £63million deal.

Friendly: Siem de Jong and Emmanuel Riviere score in Newcastle victory

Debutant Emmanuel Riviere was amongst the scorers as Newcastle cruised to an emotional 4-0 friendly win over Sydney FC.

Mail Box

Anyone But Rooney. Or Baines. Or Hart.

There isn't a great deal of excitement in the Mailbox regarding England's potential new captain, but we have good stuff on Gerrard's development and a one club man team...

Goodbye Patrice And Farewell Steven...

Man United fans say a fond farewell to Patrice Evra in the mailbox while there are also thoughts on Steven Gerrard's retirement from England duty. Plus, some rare cricket bantz...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property