By William Wood | In Match Reports - Away Games
Manchester City set up a Wembley date as they reached the Carling Cup final courtesy of a 3-0 win in their semi-final second leg against West Ham, sealing a 9-0 aggregate win.
It would have taken a comeback of historic proportions for the Hammers to fight their way back into the encounter at Upton Park, and whilst they were much improved they never seriously looked capable of even winning on the night.
City were in front with four minutes on the click, Alvero Negredo collecting Marcos Lopes’ cross to fire home.
Sergio Aguero went close soon after, but he wasn’t to be denied for much longer. Lopes again was provider, jinking passed several defenders before picking out his team-mate, who in turn carved his way through the home defence before chipping over Jussi Jaaskelainen.
The tempo of the game dipped somewhat after the second goal, but Negredo extended the visitor’s lead 15 minutes after the re-start. He picked up the ball just outside West Ham’s box, using his strength to charge into the penalty area before deftly beating the hosts’ keeper to make it 3-0.
Jesus Navas could have added a fourth but skied his chance, but there were to be no more goals as City saw the game out to book another date at Wembley, with a final against rivals Man Utd or Sunderland to follow on March 2.
West Ham: Jaaskelainen, Rat, Tomkins, Johnson, Taylor, Diarra, Diame, Nolan, J Cole, Morrison, Carroll. Subs: Jarvis, Collison, Adrian, Noble, Downing, C Cole, Chambers
Man City: Pantilimon, Clichy, Nastasic, Lescott, Boyata, Lopes, Fernandindo, Garcia, Navas, Negredo, Aguero. Subs: Hart, Demichelis, Rodwell, Dzeko, Zabaleta, Jovetic, Kolarov.