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We (west Ham) Are In The Fa Cup Final!

I'M COMPLETELY OVERJOYED! To think we were playing at some pretty tiny clubs last year, and now we're going to Cardiff! WOW!

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Marlon Harewood's 78th minute golden goal earned West Ham United a place in the FA Cup final for the first time in 26 years, as Alan Pardew's Hammers heroes saw off Middlesbrough with an unforgettable 1-0 victory at Villa Park.

The triumph also ensured that Hammers will be playing UEFA Cup football next season, with our opponents in the final - Liverpool - already qualified for the Champions League.

In the week that saw the tragic loss of John Lyall - the last man to lead Hammers to FA Cup glory and arguably the greatest manager in the club's history - the modern-day Hammers responded with a second half performance that John would certainly have been proud of - one of passion, commitment and attacking verve that ultimately won the day.

A minutes' silence had been planned in memory of the great man prior to kick-off but the emotion of the occasion clearly got the better of many Hammers fans, who immediately erupted into a chorus of 'Johnny Lyall's claret and blue army' - perhaps a sign of the growing trend for silences to be replaced with vocal tributes of appreciation.

It added to an already electric atmosphere that had built up inside Villa Park, and the game began with all the expected pace and ferocity of an FA Cup semi-final - tackles flying in and very little in the way of controlled possession for either side. However, it was Middlesbrough who found slightly more momentum early on, as Hasselbaink saw a header cleared off the line by Collins and Rochemback had a fierce shot parried by Hislop.

Hammers' first effort of the half came on 12 minutes, when Harewood turned well on the edge of the box, but the striker didn't quite catch his volley right and Mark Schwarzer gathered easily.

On 18 minutes, captain Nigel Reo-Coker became the first player to enter referee Mike Riley's notebook, when he was cautioned for a late tackle on Stewart Downing, and that appeared to help take the sting out of the game slightly, as both sides began to settle into their natural rhythm but failed to create any real goalscoring opportunities.

Middlesbrough were dealt a huge blow with five minutes of the half remaining, as goalkeeper Schwarzer was forced off with a suspected broken cheekbone following an innocuous aerial clash with Dean Ashton. Young stopper Brad Jones came on in his place, and almost had to pick the ball out of his net with his first touch, but Reo-Coker's nod down was fired just inches over the bar by Benayoun.

A further injury moments later, to midfielder George Boateng, meant that an additional five minutes were added on at the end of the half - certainly not what Boro needed after their gruelling trip to Romania for a UEFA Cup semi-final tie on Thursday.

And as the teams reappeared for the second half, you could almost sense that Alan Pardew's men were ready to rise to the occasion. In the very first minute, Etherington's surging run and cross had the travelling fans on their feet and it remained that way for the rest of the half, as Hammers gradually grew stronger against their tiring opponents.

Harewood saw a volley fly high over the bar, before Benayoun's corner was headed on to the top of the bar by Ashton. Nigel Reo-Coker then sent a blistering 20-yard effort flying just inches wide of the post and, as the game wore on, it began to appear as though extra-time could be on the cards.

However, that looked as if it would suit Hammers more than Boro, who were beginning to look more and more jaded in the closing stages. With just 12 minutes remaining, they finally buckled, as the winning goal arrived in majestic style.

Ferdinand's measured long pass from the right-back spot was met by Ashton, who rose above Riggott to flick the ball on to Harewood. With his back to goal, the powerful striker held off the challenge of Southgate to roll the ball on to his left foot and crash a fierce shot past Jones and into the roof of the net, right in front of the ecstatic Hammers fans.

Ripping his shirt off to celebrate the strike as his team-mates raced to mob him, Marlon was shown a yellow card by Riley as he trotted back to the centre-circle, but that certainly wasn't bothering the claret and blue faithful as they somehow managed to raise the noise inside Villa Park by another few decibels.

From then on, it was just a case of holding on to our precious lead and, but for a few sticky moments, Hammers once again showed the bottle and nerve that has served them so well this season.

Quedrue saw a curling free-kick superbly tipped wide by Hislop, before the chance of the game fell to Boro deep into stoppage time. After a frantic goalmouth scramble, the ball ran loose to a red shirt - but thankfully it was that of central defender Chris Riggott, who dragged his shot wide with the goal at his mercy.

The final whistle then produced scenes of joyous celebration as Hammers sealed an appearance at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium for the third successive campaign. This time, though, there will be no tense worrying about the financial future of the Club through the drama of a play-off final, but simply a day to savour and enjoy, and the chance to lift a major trophy for the first time in over a quarter of a century.

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I felt very sorry for Mark Schwarzer nasty injury, but the ref was a **** and booked Ashton when he did nothing wrong when he made a later challenge on Schwarzer's replacement... I didn't like him at all...


Someone said something about cos Marlon was booked for taking his shirt off, he misses the final. Is this true?

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By the way that was a fantastic tribute to a fantastic man. it's always nice to meet more West Ham fans!

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I felt very sorry for Mark Schwarzer nasty injury, but the ref was a **** and booked Ashton when he did nothing wrong when he made a later challenge on Schwarzer's replacement... I didn't like him at all...


Someone said something about cos Marlon was booked for taking his shirt off, he misses the final. Is this true?
This is the match report from the official Hammers site. Didn't mention Marlon missing the F.A. Cup final.
Another thing Konchesky/Anton still in with a chance of going to Germany. Though it's rather a slim chance.
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I never really was impressed by Konchesky; everyone says he's teriffic, but I've not seen it. But in the second half today, he and Yossi were inspirational.

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By the way that was a fantastic tribute to a fantastic man. it's always nice to meet more West Ham fans!
What a season, at the start of the season eyebrowse were raised about Gabbidon/Mullins/Harewood playing at the highest level all proved to be good enough to play at the highest level. Including me didn't think at the start of the season they would step up a gear. Then we know about the new signings, the expected breakthrough of Anton Ferdinand. Think Hammers will keep their key players for a season longer.
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nice win but i hope you lose to us in the final
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nice win but i hope you lose to us in the final

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Congrats, you beat my team Middlesbrough.

Boro dominated the first half, but West Ham were better 2nd half. We have just run out of steam. It was a good game, 2 great Semi's this year.

Not happy with Ashton and Harewood though. 2 blatant elbows, one on our keeper who is now likely to be out of the UEFA Cup Semi because of his broken cheekbone, and Harewood on Southgate wasn't pleasant.
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Im still sulking after West Ham beat my beloved Man City in the Quarter final...

Which featuring poor old Sun Jihai getting sent off for waving a hand vaguely in the direction of a West Ham player.

Thus popping our entire season into the dustbin. Again. We've lost every game since, and end up lucky to avoid relegation. Ive been supporting City since around 1977, since when we've won...not a single major trophy. I can't imagine what it would feel like to win something... with the draw we had I dared to dream it might be this year...nah. Should have known there would be a STUPID ref to kill us off.

I will be in the Liverpool corner come the final. Not that Im bitter.

OK, so I am really bitter.

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OK West Ham... do me a favour and beat Liverpool in the Final... we'll be forever grateful to your team

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Congrats, you beat my team Middlesbrough.
Sorry!

Ok, I actually feel very sorry for Middlesbrough but we deserved itafter our second half performance where we were doing some very nice things with the ball; just happy we didn't go behind in what was really a miserable first half for us; might have been a totally different story.

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Boro dominated the first half, but West Ham were better 2nd half. We have just run out of steam. It was a good game, 2 great Semi's this year.

Not happy with Ashton and Harewood though. 2 blatant elbows, one on our keeper who is now likely to be out of the UEFA Cup Semi because of his broken cheekbone, and Harewood on Southgate wasn't pleasant.
I will openly admit I didn't see the first half, though I listened on radio. Sounds like we did badly. But I saw the replay of Ashton on Schwarzer and I felt really sorry for Schwarzer, because I felt it was a totally fair 50-50 challenge, just ended up in a horiffic injury.

You have every right to feel hard done by, but not by us; simply by bad luck. I (and all decent West Ham fans) hope Schwarzer makes a speedy full recovery.

As for Harewood's challenge, I didn't see it. But West Ham got some bad decisions against us; a few free kicks which may have changed the course of the game; overall I thought the reff was abysmal. He didn't spot what should have been a 'boro GK at one point and gave Marlon a corner.

Ashton should not have been booked; he didn't touch the keeper in that second challenge; I simply feel the ref felt he had to give something after the horiffic result of that earlier challenge. But this takes out his fighting spirit; part of the reason Pardew had to bring him off- he is a fighting player.

But all in all, I'll take that win, we did great and I feel we deserved it, though yes, you were unlucky. It's a game of two halfs, I too know only too well what it feels like to lose, and to get bad decisions.

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Im still sulking after West Ham beat my beloved Man City in the Quarter final...

Which featuring poor old Sun Jihai getting sent off for waving a hand vaguely in the direction of a West Ham player.
Yes you're right. he did very little to deserve being booked for that one.
We weren't our best to be honest when we played you; we played scrappy football, not like we can. But we got some luck for once, at your expense! I'm just a bit dissapointed (and this is to ManCity's credit as well) that we couldn't kill off the game with an extra man. Just remember when we lost 4-0 to Chelsea and they looked as if they had 12 men on the pitch. They actually had 10!

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Thus popping our entire season into the dustbin. Again. We've lost every game since, and end up lucky to avoid relegation. Ive been supporting City since around 1977, since when we've won...not a single major trophy. I can't imagine what it would feel like to win something... with the draw we had I dared to dream it might be this year...nah. Should have known there would be a STUPID ref to kill us off.

I will be in the Liverpool corner come the final. Not that Im bitter.

OK, so I am really bitter.


If you support us and we win, you know you've lost to the eventual winners which means you too may have beaten Liverpool and Middelsbrough!

Come on West Ham!!!




I think we do actully have a chance, but only if we play out of our skins!

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