West Ham are through to the fourth round where they will meet Doncaster Rovers on the weekend of January 23-24. Stockport were brilliant but ultimately it is the Hammers who are through on a wet night at Edgeley Park.
- 2nd Half
Stockport County - West Ham United
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Ogbonna wins the header before the follow up lands into the grateful arms of Randolph.
West Ham look like they will see this out but it has been far from easy. Stockport have defended excellently for long periods in this match and have had some half chances to score... one last chance now as Hinchliffe lumps one up....
FOUR minutes of added time. Can Stockport find a way to send this to extra-time?
- OffJordan WilliamsStockport County
- OnAdam ThomasStockport County
Stockport have a corner but West Ham clear. Stockport will not go down quietly that's for sure, but they are tiring.
- GoalCraig DawsonWest Ham United
GOAL! Finally West Ham score and it is Craig Dawson who gives West Ham a late lead with a textbook header and his first goal for the Hammers. A corner played short to Bowen is curled into the area for Dawson, who rises highest and thumps his header into the bottom corner! Surely that wraps this tie up!
SUB! Southam-Hales comes on for Jennings who has played very well this evening.
CLOSE! Coufal's cross finds his compatriot Soucek at the near post, but his header flies wide!
Cresswell attempts a driven pass to Antonio in the box but Kitching hacks it clear! West Ham are camped inside Stockport's half now.
A looping ball into the area is missed by Hinchliffe but Stockport clear their lines. Stockport are tiring a bit now but they are giving it everything to stay in this tie. Bennett's hold-up play since his arrival in the 61st minute off the bench has been sensational.
Just for a moment the goal is left empty by Hinchliffe as he accidentally passes the ball to Benrahma. The Algerian has a go from distance but his shot flies wide to the relief of Stockport's number one.
- OffBen JohnsonWest Ham United
- OnAaron CresswellWest Ham United
SUB! A third West Ham switch sees Cresswell come on for Johnson.
- OffManuel LanziniWest Ham United
- OnTomáš SoucekWest Ham United
Less than 20 minutes to go of normal time and we are still deadlocked. Remember the winner of this will face Doncaster in the fourth round. Should the winner of this beat the League One club they will set up a glamour fifth round tie against Manchester United or Liverpool. Plenty on the line here!
- OffAndriy YarmolenkoWest Ham United
- OnJarrod BowenWest Ham United
SUBS! Two big guns coming on for West Ham. Bowen and Soucek come on for Yarmolenko and Lanzini.
Williams' cross in is not a problem for Randolph who collects it on his 50th appearance for the club.
CHANCE! Kitching's ball into the box finds Rooney. He tees up Bennett but his shot is blocked. Stockport are pushing up now and are playing with greater adventure and freedom.
SHOT! Lenihan pegs the ball back for Jennings and he fires a low shot on goal inside the West Ham box, but Dawson stands in the way of it and makes the block.
- OffAlex ReidStockport County
- OnRichie BennettStockport County
SUB! A change of strikers for Stockport as Bennett comes on for Reid.
The game is opening up a bit more now as Stockport sense a chance to strike. West Ham are continuing to pile men forward but are having little joy in attacking areas. Now that West Ham's left flank is completely sodden that does not seem to be an option for the Hammers.
The pitch is well and truly sodden and the ball is not rolling properly, particularly on the left flank. Benrahma slips over on the wet surface and slides into the advertising hoardings. Noble bursts into the box but he is tackled before he can get into a one-on-one.
Another Stockport corner which is disappointing and manager Gannon is visibly seething on the touchline. They have supposedly been working on set-pieces in training but that is not being reflected when it actually matters in this contest.
Stockport have a free-kick from range. Rooney's cross is long and Randolph is able come out and claim. West Ham look a bit more up for it now. They know this Stockport side are growing in confidence the longer this match stays goalless.
Rice plays an inside ball for Coufal but Hogan reads it well and clears behind for a West Ham corner. Noble plays an outswinger and Stockport force West Ham out their area and clear.
- 2nd Half
We are back underway! Can Stockport cause a cupset or will West Ham score some goals and kill the magic? This is indeed what we will find out.
The Wayne Rooney photo was actually 2010, but still... nice to see.
- End of 1st Half
The whistle blows for half-time and Stockport boss Jim Gannon applauds his players after that impressive first-half display from the hosts. West Ham have dominated possession but they have not anywhere near enough damage in front of goal and have regularly resorted to lazy long shots. It's getting interesting... second half coming up shortly!
Lenihan's cross deflects off Johnson for Stockport corner as we enter the two minutes of added time at the end of this first half. The delivery is absolutely woeful though as it crashes into the side netting!
Another West Ham pot shot and this time it is Rice who delivers it. He blasts his effort well wide before looking up to the sky. Stockport really are defending well.
CHANCE! Antonio spins his marker and curls an effort looking for the bottom corner from the edge of the box, but it takes a deflection off Lenihan and goes out for a corner. Ogbonna rises highest to meet the corner but it's well wide.
Stockport have a corner. It's a good delivery from Rooney but West Ham clear.
Lanzini plays in Antonio but as soon as he is about to pull the trigger Maynard sticks his foot in to intercept.
Benrahma attempts to loft a ball into the path of Yarmolenko but it's too long. The Algeria international has been West Ham's brightest spark in this first half, but the Hammers have not been anywhere near their best and are really finding it hard to break Stockport down.
Lanzini tries his luck from range but Hinchliffe gets behind it. Stockport have done well to restrict West Ham to shoot from distance. They've been very well organised in their 4-1-4-1 shape.
Williams smashes a left-footed drive on goal but it's straight into the sponsor boards. Stockport will be pleased with their display so far.
Benrahma, who has had the best chance of the game so far, has another go. This time from outside the box, his low right-footed effort flies harmlessly wide.
Antonio attempts to trick his way into the box but Keane slides in to intercept. Johnson's cross to the back post comes to nothing.
Hinchliffe does well to rush out and claim a ball into the box before Antonio could get on the end of it. Stockport are holding their own right now and are starting to see more of the ball.
A nervy moment from Randolph as he awkwardly punches away a Stockport corner which West Ham scramble to clear. There was a bit of chance there for Maynard to poke it in but Ogbonna hoofed away in time.
And... we play on.
Referee Mike Dean has stopped play as the fireworks continue to be fired into the night sky. As wonderful as they are to look at, they are truly relentless and it seems the match cannot continue until they stop.
Stockport are chasing shadows right now and West Ham are dominating play. It would be surprising if the visitors did not open the deadlock soon as fireworks go off outside the stadium.
CLOSE! Yarmolenko, who will be keen to impress tonight, has a pop from 25-yards out on his faovured left foot and his low drive bounces narrowly past Hinchliffe's right post!
Noble's low corner is poor and Croasdale clears away. Stockport are having to soak up a lot of pressure.
Good defending by Minihan who steps in to stop Noble's surging run into the box. West Ham well on top in these opening ten minutes.
OFF THE POST! Rice dinks a ball into the box to Benrahma who takes it down, jinks to his right and curls a shot which clips the outside of the post! That was a fine effort.
West Ham have began with the majority of the ball as you would expect but Stockport are shutting down all avenues at the moment.
Rice elects to slip through Benrahma on the right flank instead of shoot, but the pass is too heavy on the greasy surface and skids out for a goal-kick.
It is absolutely chucking it down in Stockport. Tonight does not feel like a night for free-flowing, expansive football and should play into the hands of the non-league side on their muddy home turf.
- 1st Half
Mike Dean gets us underway! Hopefully we will be in for a cracker...
Stockport and West Ham make their way out onto the wet pitch at Edgeley Park! Kick-off is moments away!
These two have history. Former West Ham defender Iain Dowie headed into his own net that day. The result saw Stockport through to the semi-finals of what was the Coca-Cola Cup.
Stockport, who play their football in the National League, entered the FA Cup at the fourth qualifying round stage back in November and have knocked out Chesterfield, Rochdale and Yeovil en route to the third round.
This strike from John Rooney was rather special 👇
It's wet... it's windy... it's a Monday night in January when anything can happen!
Stockport's social media is already dreaming beyond this tie...
And even more incentive for Stockport if they could beat West Ham, Doncaster THEN get to the fifth round, they would face Manchester United or Liverpool.
The winner of tonight's clash at Edgeley Park will play Doncaster Rovers in the fourth round. Stockport will certainly want that prize money!
West Ham make five changes to the team that beat Everton 1-0 on New Year's Day. Johnson, Noble, Yarmolenko, Lanzini and Antonio come in for Cresswell, Soucek, Bowen, Fornals and Rice.
Nevertheless, it is still a very strong team with West Ham clearly keen to avoid any slip-ups tonight.
STOCKPORT TEAM NEWS
Starting XI: Hinchliffe, Minihan, Hogan, Maynard, Rooney, Jennings, Williams, Kitching, Keane, Croasdale, Reid
Subs: Jennings, Palmer, Thomas, Bennett, Stott, Southam-Hales, Barnes, Gilmore, Hinchy
WEST HAM TEAM NEWS
Starting XI: Randolph, Coufal, Dawson, Ogbonna, Johnson, Noble, Rice, Yarmolenko, Benrahma, Lanzini, Antonio
Subs: Trott, Baptiste, Alves, Cresswell, Soucek, Fornals, Bowen, Holland, Odubeko
Hello and welcome to Eurosport's live digital coverage of Stockport vs West Ham in the FA Cup third round!
After Marine stole the hearts of supporters around the world on Sunday and Chorley sealed their place in the fourth round draw, can Stockport cause an upset against the Hammers tonight? David Moyes is promising to play a strong lineup.
Kick-off is at 8pm with team news coming up shortly!