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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp sickened as Ogbonna hammers home a late winner for West Ham in FA Cup

West Ham United 2-1 Liverpool (After extra-time)

By Andy Sims

Published 10/02/2016

Nick of time: Angelo Ogbonna is mobbed after powering home a last-gasp header to send West Ham through at Liverpool’s expense
Nick of time: Angelo Ogbonna is mobbed after powering home a last-gasp header to send West Ham through at Liverpool’s expense

Mark Noble hailed Angelo Ogbonna's impact after the defender struck in the last minute of extra time to earn West Ham a dramatic 2-1 FA Cup win over Liverpool - and leave Jurgen Klopp licking his wounds.

The fourth-round replay was heading for a penalty shoot-out when centre-half Ogbonna, thrust into attack as a final throw of the dice, headed in the winner.

"You couldn't write it," said skipper Noble. "We had a similar situation last year with Everton but it went to penalties.

"To be honest, I am out there thinking 'where am I going to stick my penalty?' - then Angelo steps up and saves everyone the heartache of penalties.

"Do you know what? This is the FA Cup, innit," he added. "Extra-time, two minutes to go and Angelo pops up with an unbelievable header. I mean, it's a great ball from Dimi (Payet) and we've got so much height in there. We don't score enough from set-plays.

"What a time to do it. The crowd are waiting for the winner and there's no better time for it."

West Ham can now look forward to a fifth-round trip to Blackburn after a youthful Liverpool side were eventually sent tumbling out.

Michail Antonio had given the hosts the lead, only for Philippe Coutinho to reply for the Reds just after half-time.

But Ogbonna made it an uncomfortable evening to be a losing manager, not least one who had had his appendix removed just three days earlier like Klopp.

"We played well - the young players were brave," said the German, having brushed off questions about the free-kick which led to Ogbonna's winner. "That's good but obviously in this moment it is not too easy because we are only here to win in a cup game. In a cup game, there's only one reason why you play and that's to win,

"You don't have to show your best performance, you have to go to the next round. The door was wide open tonight for us because we really did well, but it was not enough."

In a breakneck first half, West Ham were twice denied by the woodwork, while Liverpool also rattled a post before Antonio broke the deadlock.

Hammers full-back Joey O'Brien was first to be frustrated by the frame of the goal when his shot was deflected against the base of Simon Mignolet's upright.

But Liverpool's rookies, aided by the experience of Coutinho and out-of-favour striker Christian Benteke, looked the more dangerous in the early stages. The senior duo combined when Benteke reached the byline and cut the ball back for Coutinho, whose first-time shot clipped an upright.

Moments later West Ham playmaker Payet - who, though the subject of a big-money bid from a Chinese club, has opened talks over a new contract with the Hammers - curled a superb free-kick against the post.

Antonio headed the rebound back towards goal but Mignolet did brilliantly to scramble back to his feet and make a diving save.

The breakthrough came on the stroke of half-time when Enner Valencia crossed to the far post, where Antonio side-footed a volley into the back of the net.

Yet the lead lasted less than three minutes of the second half, after Liverpool were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box.

Coutinho shaped to curl the ball over the West Ham wall, but as the players jumped the Brazilian cheekily drove it underneath them and past startled goalkeeper Darren Randolph.

West Ham were convinced they should have had a penalty when Tiago Ilori pulled back Valencia as he attempted to reach Antonio's cross, but referee Roger East did not agree.

Early in extra time Mignolet was in action again to palm away a curler from Noble before Benteke passed up two clear-cut chances, blazing wide from 16 yards before firing too close to Randolph.

Then England striker Daniel Sturridge, on as a substitute for Liverpool after another spell out injured, fired a rasping drive inches over the crossbar.

But as the clock ticked down Ogbonna trotted forward and managed to get his head to Payet's free-kick to spark delirious scenes among the Upton Park faithful.

           

WEST HAM: Randolph, O'Brien (Moses, 83 mins), Reid (Collins, 65 mins), Ogbonna, Cresswell, Kouyate (Carroll, 75 mins), Noble, Obiang, Antonio, Valencia, Payet. Unused subs: Adrian, Oxford, Cullen, Parfitt-Williams.

Goals: Antonio 45, Ogbonna 120.

LIVERPOOL: Mignolet, Flanagan, Stewart, Tiago Ilori, Smith, Teixeira (Origi, 59 mins), Lucas, Chirivella (Milner, 102 mins), Ibe, Benteke, Coutinho (Sturridge, 59 mins). Unused subs: Jose Enrique, Henderson, Ward, Randall.

Goal: Coutinho 48.

Attendance: 34,433

Man of the match: Angelo Ogbonna

Match rating: 7/10

Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire)

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