Hammers ousted from League Cup

London, October 25:

West Ham’s miserable season continues to get even worse. Of the five Premier League teams playing on Tuesday in the third round of the English League Cup, four won over clubs from lower divisions. The lone loser was West Ham, falling 2-1 to Chesterfield on Caleb Folan’s scrambled goal in the 87th minute.

Marlon Harewood gave West Ham a 1-0 le-ad in the fourth minute, but Colin Larkin equalized in the 54th and set the stage for Folan to the winner from six meters. It was the eighth straight loss for West Ham, which has fallen to 19th place in the Premier League. The Hammers had lost their previous seven games wit-hout scoring a goal, so Tuesday’s goal rated as a minor moral victory.

Under pressure to keep his job, West Ham manager Alan Pardew acknowledged the obvious. “We’re on an awful run and our performance showed our lack of confidence,” he said. “It’s just where we are at the moment. We can’t seem to get going,” Pardew added.

It was a different story for Chesterfield, a modest club struggling in a division that is two levels below the Premier League. “We’ve been playing well all season, but we haven’t been taking our cha-nces,” Folan said. “We knew that if we played the way we can, there was always a chance.”

In another game involving Premier League teams, Tim Cahill, James McFadden and Victor Anichebe scored to lead Everton’s 4-0 win over Luton. The other goal came on an own-goal by Luton’s Keith Keane. Elsewhere, Watford defeated Hull 2-1 on goals by Ashley Young and Tam-as Priskin. Nick Barmby scored late for Hull.

Arsenal made 10 changes but still beat West Brom 2-0. Jeremie Aliadiere scored both for Arsenal - on a penalty in the 34th, and from open play in the 49th. In the other game involving a Premier Lea-gue team, Aston Villa prevailed over Leicester 3-2 in extra time on a 119th-minute goal by Gabriel Agbonlahor.

In other results, it was: Leeds 1, Southend 3; Notts County 2, Sou-thampton 0 and She-ffield United 2, Birmin-gham 4. Port Valle beat Norwich on penalties 3-2 after a 0-0 draw and Wycombe outlasted Doncaster 3-2 on pen-alties after a 2-2 draw.