Negredo takes the plaudits again with double to round off rampant tie
Having got his sums wrong in Munich, Manuel Pellegrini took no chances. Six up from the first leg, he selected his best strike force and Manchester City went for more goals.
By the time Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Negredo were finished, they had a comfortable margin for error to satisfy their manager and his mental arithmetic.
Too easy: Alvaro Negredo slipped away from James Tomkins to head in the opener in the third minute
Casual: Negredo wheels away in celebration at Upton Park as City continued their dominance of the tie
West Ham 4-1-4-1: Jaaskelainan 5; Taylor 4, Johnson 5, Tomkins 5, Rat 5; Diarra 5; Diame 6, Nolan 5, Morrison 6, J.Cole 4 (Downing 47, 5); Carroll 5 (C.Cole HT, 6).
Subs: Adrian, Chambers, Jarvis, Collison, Noble.
Manager: Sam Allardyce 6.
Manchester City 4-4-2: Pantilimon 6; Boyata 6, Lescott 6, Nastasic 6, Clichy 6; Navas 7 (Kolarov 78), Garcia 6 (Rodwell 63, 6), Fernandinho 6, Lopes 7; Negredo 8, Aguero 7 (Jovetic 65, 6).
Subs: Hart, Zabaleta, Demichelis, Dzeko.
Bookings: Aguero, Clichy.
Manager: Manuel Pellegrini 7.
Goals: Negredo 3, 59. Aguero 24
Man of the match: Alvaro Negredo.
Referee: Chris Foy 6
Away goals and head-to-head complications would not come into it and West Ham departed the Capital One Cup on the wrong end of a humiliation which extracted all joy from a cup run to the last four.
After the first leg, Tuesday night should have been about tiny sparks of encouragement for Sam Allardyce but in truth there were few. Andy Carroll misfired again and his defence were unzipped with stunning ease and regularity in front of a half-empty Upton Park. T
o complete the manager’s misery, Mohamed Diame was carried off, his right leg in a support.
No-one in claret and blue felt in a half-full mood. City mauled them again.
Negredo scored twice, either side of one by Aguero and Pellegrini booked into his first final of the season at Wembley, perhaps to face their city neighbours for the first time in a major cup final if Manchester United can overcome a first-leg deficit against Sunderland tonight.
Negredo headed in the first goal of the night within three minutes of the kick-off. Afforded plenty of room by West Ham’s emergency right back Matthew Taylor, teenager Marcos Lopes produced a wonderful cross from the left and the centre forward was in equally spacious surroundings as he arrived to nod the ball down and into the net.
Doubled: Aguero scores the second for Man City after breaking through on goal
Hot shot: Aguero scored his 22nd goal of the season at Upton Park, but his first in the League Cup
It was Negredo’s 25th of the season for club and country and City fans started to sing: ‘It’s gonna be 10.’
West Ham responded briefly. Kevin Nolan, back after his latest suspension following his second red card of the season, volleyed into the net within minutes but he had strayed a yard offside.
Diame lashed another opportunity wide and Carroll, making his first start of the season, went close, timing his run nicely to climb and meet a cross from Diame, only to plant his header over.
Disjointed: West Ham players look around at each other after conceding the first goal
Back in action: West Ham United’s Andy Carroll drives forward under pressure from Javi Garcia
Carroll almost hit the corner flag with a shot before half-time and flattened Costel Pantilimon, butting him in the ear as the pair challenged in the air.
At the other end, Aguero continued his own impressive return from injury with another goal and his own brand of aggression and commitment.
First he tested Jussi Jaaskelainen from long range with a crisp effort which the keeper turned wide but he made it 2-0 on the night midway through the first half when he collected a pass from Jesus Navas and accelerated into the penalty box.
Struggling: Sam Allardyce’s job is still under severe pressure at Upton Park, and this defeat did nothing to help
Not bothered: The empty seats at Upton Park showed what the fans thought of the first leg performance
The Argentinian left centre halves James Tomkins and Roger Johnson in his wake, scrambling around on the turf as he manoeuvred the ball on to his left foot and scored.
Allardyce, still able to be angry even when eight behind in the tie, was not impressed with a studs-up challenge from Aguero which caught Tomkins just above the ankle. Aguero was booked, as was Alou Diarra moments later for a foul on Lopes, a Brazil-born Portugal U19 international.
Carroll did not return after half-time. That was always the plan, apparently, and he was replaced by Carlton Cole, who almost immediately muscled his way past a feeble challenge from Javi Garcia and forced Pantilimon into a rare save.
Battle: Manchester City’s Argentine striker Aguero vies with defender Razvan Rat
Rampant: Negredo scores his side’s third goal to make the score 3-0 on the night and 9-0 on aggregate
Ravel Morrison had a strong appeal for a penalty rejected by referee Chris Foy after he seemed to be tripped by Joleon Lescott.
Frustrated, he made a more desperate appeal soon afterwards. Hav
Source : Daily Mail