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ANDREW VORCE - Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Clint Dempsey scored for Fulham who beat up lower league Port Vale while Jonathan Spector enjoyed a rare start for West Ham who downed pesky Oxford United in second round Carling Cup action.

Fulham 6 - 0 Port Vale

Clint Dempsey was a second half substitute for Moussa Dembele and scored his first goal of the season as Fulham bageled League Two club Port Vale to advance to the next round of the Carling Cup.

Fellow American Eddie Johnson made the gameday roster but did not see any action in the Wednesday evening contest at Craven Cottage.

Zolton Gera started the beating in the 10th minute when he headed in Matthew Briggs' cross from the left wing.

The avalanche of goals continued in the 26th minute when Gera set up Dembele who struck a left-footed shot into the bottom left corner of the net from 20 yards out.

Bobby Zamora scored the first of his two goals ten minutes later when he took in a Gera pass and curled in a left-footed shot from 12 yards out into the top right corner of the net.

The Cottagers added one more right before the break with Gera scoring from 18 yards out off a Zamora pass.

The former West Ham man then equaled Gera's goal-scoring exploits in the 66th minute thanks to Dempsey.

A foul was whistled after Port Vale's John McCombe brought down the native Texan 20 yards outside of the visitors' goal.

Zamora rocketed the free kick in giving Fulham one for the thumb.

Dempsey capped of a set's worth of goals just four minutes later after collecting a pass from Gera and scoring from 25 yards out with a right-footed shot from the left side of the area.

Fulham return to Premier League business on Saturday when they travel to the coast to take on newly-promoted Blackpool.

Southampton 0 - 1 Bolton

Stuart Holden was a 66th minute substitute after Bolton had already secured a lead away to Southampton in the Carling Cup.

It was anything but an easy win for the visitors, as their League One opponents showed no fear and had the best of chances in the opening half hour.

It was former Southampton front man Kevin Davies, now employed by Bolton, that started the move that spelled the end for a fairy tale upset.

The Bolton striker knocked down Sam Rickett's cross to paired front man Ivan Klasnic. Their first clear cut chance of the first half was not to be wasted as the Croatian prodded home from close range.

Robbie Blake, Kevin and Mark Davies were all booked for Bolton, while Adam Lallana, Dan Harding, and Morgan Schneiderlin were all booked for Southampton.

Up next for Holden and company is a visit from Birmingham on Sunday.

West Ham United 1 - 0 Oxford United

Jonathan Spector got a rare start for West Ham by way of the Carling Cup against League Two Oxford United.

West Ham had fluid passing, but allowed Oxford time on the ball enough to create an equal game.

It took until the last second for Scott Parker to bang in the winner to save head coach Avram Grant from embarrassment.

Frederic Piquionne sent in a cross to Parker who made no mistake, smashing home the game winning goal.

Only Simon Heslop was booked in the match, and Spector will hope to be recalled as West Ham travel to Manchester United on Saturday.

Notes:

Tim Howard was on the bench for Everton who cruised past Huddersfield 5-1.

Marcus Hahnemann was left off of the team sheet as Wolves stuttered to a 2-1 victory against Southend United after extra time.

Mike Grella did not feature for Leeds who lost 2-1 at home to Leicester.

Seb Harris was on the bench to witness Northampton Town edge Reading 4-3 on penalties after a 3-3 draw to advance to the third round.
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