Hammers edge out Owls
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
West Ham survived a scare before securing a 4-2 win at Sheffield Wednesday.West Ham survived a real scare before securing a 4-2 victory over Sheffield Wednesday in the Carling Cup.
Retaining their Premiership status is the priority for The Hammers, but manager Alan Pardew will welcome a cup run and a brace of goals by Bobby Zamora and a header from Christian Dailly saw the East Londoners past a Wednesday side who threatened a a late upset thanks to goals from Graham Coughlan and David Graham.
However, hopes of an upset were snuffed out when David Bellion climbed off the bench to fire in a debut goal for West Ham on 84 minutes.
The Owls' hopes of frustrating their Premiership visitors were undone just two minutes in as Zamora latched onto a neat pass from Gavin Williams before firing past David Lucas.
Wednesday fashioned chances in the first half, with Graham twice testing the handling of Shaka Hislop and Barry Corr also forcing a good save from the veteran keeper.
Graham forced Hislop into a fine save on 49 minutes, with the keeper arching backwards to tip over as Wednesday pressed forward.
The Hammers weathered the storm and Dailly eased the nerves with a powerful header from a Shaun Newton corner on 54 minutes.
The goal of the game came on the hour when Zamora collected a long ball on the edge of the box before firing a dipping volley over Lucas and into the net.
Wednesday refused to roll over and Coughlan's header 15 minutes from time cheered the home fans.
The Hillsborough faithful had barely returned to their seats when Graham latched onto a lapse in the West Ham backline to slam a low shot across Hislop and into the bottom corner.
Graham had a chance to secure hero status at Hillsborough, but he fired against bar when clear on goal and Bellion ended their dreams when holding off two defenders before clipping a low shot into the corner.
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Sheff Wed v West Ham