West Ham find Spurs jugular, Man United reach semis

Wed Dec 18, 2013 5:37pm EST
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By Toby Davis

LONDON (Reuters) - West Ham United piled more misery on managerless Tottenham Hotspur by coming from behind to book their place in the League Cup semi-finals with a 2-1 win at White Hart Lane and Manchester United also reached the last four on Wednesday.

Tottenham, who sacked boss Andre Villas-Boas on Monday following their crushing 5-0 home defeat by Liverpool, looked on course for victory when forgotten man Emmanuel Adebayor volleyed them ahead.

But the north Londoners' defensive frailties were exposed again as Matt Jarvis equalised with 10 minutes left and Modibo Maiga headed the winner shortly afterwards.

"We saw the shaken nerve ends of Tottenham when we scored. We then went for the jugular," West Ham manager Sam Allardyce said on Sky Sports.

In the night's other quarter-final, Ashley Young scored his first goal in 18 months as champions Manchester United reached the last four with a 2-0 win at Stoke City in a match held up for 10 minutes by a hail storm in the first half.

West Ham's reward was a two-legged semi-final against Manchester City, who booked their place in the last four on Tuesday, and Manchester United will play Sunderland, who shocked Chelsea in their quarter-final.

Amid grumblings about Tottenham's sterile attacking performances and stolid tempo, caretaker manager Tim Sherwood, touted by many as a potential long-term appointment, sought to make an immediate impression.

He cast aside Villas-Boas's dogged commitment to playing with a solitary striker and brought Adebayor back into the fold for his first start of the season.   Continued...

Nacer Chadli (C) of Tottenham Hotspur has his shot saved by Adrian of West Ham United during their English League Cup quarter-final soccer match at White Hart Lane, London, December 18, 2013. REUTERS/Andrew Winning