ANDREW VORCE - Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Jonathan Spector was a second half substitute as West Ham beat up on Burnley in the lone Monday FA Cup game.
The Hammers secured their passage into the quarter finals with the win where they will face Stoke.
West Ham debutant Thomas Hitzlsperger got the scoring started in the 23rd minute. Having been out for months with a hamstring injury, the German midfielder made a dream start when he cut in field onto his left foot to unleash a rocket from 25 yards out.
Carlton Cole sealed the deal for West Ham by scoring two goals in as many minutes. The assistant referee could have flagged Cole for being offside but the striker kept his eyes forward and raced towards the Burnley goalkeeper Lee Grant who did well to close down the angle. Cole's initial attempt was thwarted but he was allowed a second chance which he did not spurn to put the Hammers two goals up after 48 minutes.
Cole got his second with a quality finish after being released down the left hand flank. Taking an attacking touch the striker was able to send his shot over the keeper into the upper corner for the Hammers third.
New Zealand Defender Winston Reid made it four goals to the home team after expertly heading home a 59th minute header that Grant could do little about.
Wayne Bridge was at fault for Burnley's only goal of the evening after playing a terrible back pass to his keeper on the byline. As Robert Green attempted to clear the ball it bounced off of the Burnley attacker and to Jay Rodriguez who headed home into an empty net after 71 minutes played.
The game was sealed as Spector chested the ball while holding off a Burnley defender, allowing Freddie Sears the space to run into the 18 and finish past Grant with a quality shot at the death of the game.
Wade Elliot and Rodriguez were the only players who were booked. West Ham next face Liverpool in Premier League action at home on Sunday.