Ideye’s double strike sinks West Ham

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In-form West Bromwich Albion forward, Brown Ideye, grabbed two goals as his Baggies side crushed West Ham United 4-0 to cruise into the quarter finals of the FA Cup at the Hawthorns on Saturday.

The hosts looked the stronger side from the start as James Morrison got forward inside the opening 10 minutes and appealed for a penalty when Kevin Nolan appeared to handle the ball, but the referee was not interested.

The Baggies did take the lead 20 minutes in though as Craig Dawson charged down the wing before sending in a low cross for Ideye, who turned it in at the near post.

The Nigeria international wanted a penalty a few minutes later when he took a tumble while trying to get free during a corner, but once again Martin Atkinson waved for the hosts to play on.

Craig Gardner almost made it two when he unleashed a powerful drive from 30 yards out, but his strike bounced back off the underside of the crossbar, before the rebound was blasted high.

Tony Pulis’s side did double their advantage before the break though as Morrison avoided a challenge from Alex Song before rounding two defenders and curling a 25-yard effort into the top corner.

West Brom increased their lead further early in the second half when Stephane Sessegnon crossed the ball in after a quick counter-attack to leave Ideye to head in his second of the day.

The visitors almost pulled one back as Diafra Sakho forced a diving save from Ben Foster, but the West Brom goalkeeper could not be beaten.

Any hopes of a West Ham comeback were dealt a blow a few minutes later though when Morgan Amalfitano was sent off just 10 minutes after coming off the bench for shoving Chris Brunt in the face seconds after fouling the midfielder.

West Brom capitalised on their man advantage almost straight away as Saido Berahino made it four for the home side, smashing it in from a tight angle after Sessegnon played it through.

Callum McManaman came off the bench late on and tried to add a fifth, but his first effort was deflected over the bar before a curling shot from the edge of the box just missed the top corner.

The draw for the last eight will take place on Monday.

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