West Ham's Andre Ayew, right, celebrates after he scored his side's second goal in the 3-2 defeat of Spurs.
West Ham's Andre Ayew, right, celebrates after he scored his side's second goal in the 3-2 defeat of Spurs. Kirsty Wigglesworth

Hammers strike as Spurs blow two-goal lead in Cup

WEST Ham stunned in-form Tottenham by coming from behind to win 3-2 in a dramatic Carabao Cup fourth-round tie at Wembley.

After a much-changed Spurs side coasted into a two-goal half-time lead, their London rivals rallied with three goals inside 15 second-half minutes to progress to the quarter-finals.

Moussa Sissoko and Dele Alli had made it 2-0 at the interval, with this the first of two games needed for Slaven Bilic to save his job at the Hammers.

But Andre Ayew scored twice to haul the Hammers level on the hour before Angelo Ogbonna rose from a corner to head home the winner with 20 minutes remaining.

Bilic came into the tie under immense pressure to keep his job and his fate looked ominous as Tottenham bossed the first half without a string of key players.

"I was calm (at half-time), I lifted the confidence. I really don't think our first half was bad,” Bilic said.

Kane, Hugo Lloris, Serge Aurier and Jan Vertonghen were not in the matchday squad and Christian Eriksen was dropped to the bench, but Mauricio Pochettino's side looked unaffected as they hit their opponents on the counter-attack for Sissoko's opener.

Alli almost fired the second when he forced Adrian to save with a back-post header but eventually sealed his second goal in as many games with a curling shot that hit the back of Declan Rice and found the net.

West Ham were abject in the first half but capitalised on a creeping sluggishness in Spurs when Edmilison Fernandes' shot was parried straight to Ayew to pull one back.

Ayew went close with a header immediately afterwards and then equalised on the hour-mark from Manuel Lanzini's low cross into the six-yard box.

And the Hammers sealed the shock of the fourth round when Ogbonna steered his header into the bottom corner with 20 minutes remaining.

At Stamford Bridge Chelsea heaped more misery on Everton with 2-1 win to join West Ham in the quarter-finals.

Antonio Rudiger scored his first goal for the club since joining from Roma as he rose unmarked at the far post to meet Charly Musonda's short corner.

Everton, who had caretaker boss David Unsworth in the dugout following the sacking of Ronald Koeman earlier in the week, had their opportunities to equalise in the second period with Ademola Lookman's shot skimmed the crossbar, before Willian scored a brilliant second in stoppage time.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin pounced to bundle the ball over the line moments later but it proved nothing more than a consolation.

The other six teams in the last eight are Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal, Bristol City, Leicester City and Bournemouth.



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