Potters test for Hammers in Carling Cup

West Ham have been drawn at home in the last 16 of the Carling Cup

Goals from Frederic Piquionne and Victor Obinna gave the Hammers a 2-1 win at the Stadium of Light.

Now Tony Pulis’ Stoke City team stand between West Ham and a place in the quarter-finals of the competition, a stage they last reached in 2007 when Everton grabbed a 2-1 victory at Upton Park.

West Ham have beaten the Potters twice in the competition before – in 1982/83 and 1990/91, but it was their semi-final epic back in 1971/72 that really stands out.

Having already dispatched Cardiff City, Leeds United, Liverpool and Sheffield United in the competition, they came up against Stoke in the last four over two legs.


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Over at Stoke’s Victoria Ground home, West Ham won 2-1 thanks to goals from Geoff Hurst and Clyde Best, but back at the Boleyn Ground, Stoke came away with a 1-0 win after Gordon Banks saved a Hurst penalty.

A 0-0 draw ensued at Hillsborough, before more drama in the second replay at Old Trafford as Bobby Ferguson was left concussed and Bobby Moore went in goal.

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He saved a penalty, but Stoke scored from the rebound, and despite goals from Billy Bonds and Trevore Brooking they went down 3-2 and Stoke went on to win the Cup.

Fans will be hoping for as much excitement, but a different result when the teams meet on Wednesday, October 27 at 7.45pm.

And with the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool already out of the competition, a favourable draw could give West Ham the chance of a first trip to the new Wembley Stadium.

Full draw: Ipswich v Northampton, West Ham v Stoke, Man United v Wolves, Leicester v West Brom, Aston Villa v Burnley, Wigan v Swansea, Birmingham v Brentford, Newcastle v Arsenal.

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