Oxford 4-0 West Ham: Elliott Moore, Matty Taylor, Tariqe Fosu and Shandon Baptiste strike in second-half as League One side dump Hammers out of the Carabao Cup
- West Ham were bundled out by League One Oxford in embarrassing fashion
- Defender Elliott Moore shot across Roberto for first goal in the 55th minute
- Matty Taylor, Tariqe Fosu and Shandon Baptiste completed the rout for Oxford
West Ham supporters started the night poking fun at Tottenham for getting ‘beat by a zoo’ in Colchester. Then their own players went and made a monkey of themselves in Oxford.
The Premier League visitors were beaten by a side sitting in the bottom half of League One, with four different second-half scorers capping a humiliating night for Manuel Pellegrini.
You thought Tottenham was bad? This was worse. West Ham, without a major trophy since the 1980 FA Cup, will not be breaking that duck in the Carabao Cup this season.
Elliott Moore opened the scoring for Oxford United against West Ham in the 55th minute
Defender Moore swivelled and beat West Ham goalkeeper Roberto with a low effort
Oxford Utd: Eastwood, Long, Dickie, Moore, Ruffels, Hall (Fosu 79), Brannagan, Thorne (Sykes 23), Baptiste, Forde, Mackie (Taylor 70).
Subs Not Used: Woodburn, Stevens, Agyei, Jones.
Goals: Moore 55, Taylor 71, Fosu 84, Baptiste 90.
West Ham: Roberto, Zabaleta, Balbuena, Diop, Masuaku, Sanchez, Snodgrass (Noble 74), Wilshere (Felipe Anderson 66), Fornals, Holland (Haller 57), Ajeti.
Subs Not Used: Fabianski, Cresswell, Goncalo Cardoso, Coventry.
Ref: Robert Jones (Merseyside).
Ahead of this horror show of a performance, West Ham ran an article on their official website, providing five reasons why you should want to watch them play Karl Robinson’s Oxford.
While one was their opponents have a 19-year-old defender called Sam Allardyce – the grandson of the former West Ham manager – another was to do with Albian Ajeti.
Ajeti is firmly behind Sebastien Haller in the pecking order. The 22-year-old was signed for £8million from Basle in the summer but has yet to appear in the Premier League.
As one of nine changes made to West Ham’s starting line-up from their weekend win over Manchester United, he had a rare chance to impress here. Nathan Holland did, too.
Neither really left a lasting impression on Pellegrini. Holland’s greatest contribution came inside the opening minute, when he tested goalkeeper Simon Eastwood from close range.
Striker Matty Taylor doubled the home side’s advantage from close range in the 71st minute
For the remainder of the first half, the hosts seemed quite comfortable.
Oxford ought to have taken the lead when a ball broke to Cameron Brannagan, only for the midfielder to scuff his 10-yard shot wide. Anthony Forde copied his team-mate moments later.
Rob Hall – the former West Ham academy product who made a single Premier League appearance for the club – then left the crossbar shaking from a 25-yard free-kick.
Tariqe Fosu raced clear to score the third goal for the League One side on Wednesday night
Oxford were in the driving seat, but the fear was they would live to rue these missed chances. Could they keep up this intensity? Would their elite visitors eventually break them down?
Pellegrini’s four previous third-round matches in this competition had seen him win them all by an aggregate scoreline of 24-1. He beat Wigan 5-0, then Sheffield Wednesday 7-0, then Sunderland 4-1, then Macclesfield 8-0. This was proving to be far from a straightforward night.
In the 55th minute, Oxford took the lead, just as they had been threatening to do.
Elliott Moore received the ball with his back to the goal. He swivelled and beat Roberto with a low effort, before a fingertip save denied Jamie Mackie making it 2-0 with a header.
The Premier League visitors were beaten by a side sitting in the bottom half of League One
Oxford were all over West Ham at this point, so Pellegrini introduced £36million Felipe Anderson. It made no difference, as Matty Taylor scored a tap-in to confirm the win.
The League One team weren’t done there, though. Tariqe Fosu raced through from the halfway line. All on his own, he rounded Roberto, and made it three.
Robinson’s relentless side still weren’t done. No defender closed down Shandon Baptiste, he jinked past two players and made it four.
Oxford went into this off the back of a record-breaking 6-0 away win at Lincoln. By full time, their supporters were chanting: ‘We want six.’ They meant it, too.