Hammers stunned by Aldershot
West Ham became the latest big name club to be dumped out of the Carling Cup after being beaten by Aldershot Town at Upton Park on Wednesday. The Hammers had led but a late Town goal gave the League Two side a shock victory.
Sam Allardyce rung the changes from Sunday’s draw with Leeds but it didn’t seem to be showing as the home side went into an early lead when Junior Stanislas made it 1-0 after just 16 minutes. Aldershot fans probably feared the worst but their side didn’t give up and made it through to the break just one behind. The likes of Nolan, Carew, Piquionne, McCartney, Sears and Reid all started so the Hammers side wasn’t that under strength.
The turning point of the game came though just after the interval. Young centre half was shown a straight red card after a challenge on Danny Hylton. This changed the flow of the game as the visitors began to create chances. Allardyce introduced even more experience with the likes of Matty Taylor and Ilunga coming off the bench during the second period but it was the visitors who silenced the Upton Park faithful with just 12 minutes to go. Luke Guttridge levelled the tie with his first goal of the season and Dean Holdsworth’s men came away with victory. With just minutes remaining, Aldershot snatched progression and it striker Danny Hylton who completed the comeback and cup shock.
West Ham will say it could be a good thing going out of the cup so they can concentrate on getting back into the Premier League but they would not have wanted the embarrassment of being dumped out of the Carling Cup by League Two Aldershot at Upton Park.
Full time at Upton Park, West Ham United 1-2 Aldershot Town and now the Shots progress to the 2nd Round and play Carlisle United.