Sport In a stew: Downing is counting on a Cup win to build confidence

Being known as a "Cup team" is a mixed compliment, implying the ability to raise your game for one-off occasions, but never to sustain it. If Wigan Athletic, FA Cup winners relegated within a week, are newcomers to the genre, West Ham United have been at it rather longer.

Wayne Rooney was quite happy to play in midfield for David Moyes on Saturday

David Moyes talks up 'leadership' of Wayne Rooney, after talisman accepts Manchester United midfield role in win over West Ham

Wayne Rooney was quite happy to play in midfield for David Moyes on Saturday

Luis Suarez craves plaudits, like so many in the strikers' union

Luis Suarez talked up by Mamadou Sakho as Liverpool open contract talks with striker

The Uruguayan has two-and-a-half years remaining on his current deal

Luis Suarez celebrates after scoring against West Ham for Liverpool

Liverpool 4 West Ham 1: Brendan Rodgers 'can't put a price' on striker Luis Suarez after he proves his value to Reds yet again

Suarez followed his four goals up against Norwich midweek with another strike against the Hammers

Marouane Chamakh finally finds the back of the net for Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace 1 West Ham 0: Tony Pulis hopes Marouane Chamakh and fellow strikers can keep Eagles in the Premier League

The former Stoke manager saw his side win his first home game in charge

Marouane Chamakh finally finds the back of the net for Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace 1 West Ham United 0 match report: Rare Marouane Chamakh goal gives Tony Pulis home take-off

Striker's first goal in 11 games sees Eagles soar off bottom of table

A view of the game between Tottenham and West Ham

Mousa Dembele says Tottenham must win 'small games', such as the defeat to West Ham

Spurs were shocked 3-0 at White Hart Lane at the weekend

Robbie Brady scores from the spot to give Hull the win over West Ham

Hull City 1 West Ham United 0 match report: Unhappy Hammers are floored by Brady punch

Sam Allardyce looked on as a lack of a cutting edge up front once again cost his side dearly after Robbie Brady converts from the spot

Romelu Lukaku scored for Everton against West Ham

West Ham United 2 Everton 3 match report: Leighton Baines and Ravel Morrison entertain Roy Hodgson while Romelu Lukaku steals the show

Two free-kicks from Baines set-up a dramatic finish after Morrison and Mark Noble has scored for the Hammers before the latter was sent-off

Southampton 0 West Ham 0 match report: Sam Allardyce’s master plan inspires Jussi Jaaskelainen to frustrate toiling Saints

Goals are exciting, of course, but there are other satisfactions to be derived from football and West Ham United can be rightly proud of an impressive afternoon’s work in Southampton.

West Ham United 0 Stoke City 1 match report: Mark Hughes' magic touch even turns Pennant into a winner

Last season nothing went right for Mark Hughes but since he joined Stoke City in May the Welshman can do little wrong. Almost his first act as manager at the Britannia Stadium was to offer the out-of-contract Jermaine Pennant a new 12-month deal and yesterday the former Arsenal and Liverpool winger paid him back with a late goal that gave Stoke only their third win in 30 Premier League away games.

Raheem Sterling, right, gave Liverpool an early lead

West Ham United 2 Cheltenham 1 match report: Sam Allardyce unlocks magic of Ravel Morrison

Being in the hat for the Capital One Cup third round is good, but what West Ham United managed tonight might be even better. Sam Allardyce gave Ravel Morrison, his brilliant prodigal 20-year-old midfielder a whole 90 minutes of football, his first West Ham start.

Stewart Downing will be in action for West Ham against Newcastle

Capital One Cup-: West Ham v Cheltenham Town match preview

A look ahead to tonight’s Capital One Cup fixture at Upton Park

Stewart Downing with Sam Allardyce
France midfielder Etienne Capoue

Transfer news in brief: Etienne Capoue nears
Tottenham switch; Stewart Downing set to leave Liverpool; Anton Ferdinand let go by QPR

Tottenham are close to completing a £9m deal for the France midfielder Etienne Capoue from Ligue 1 club Toulouse.

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Comment: Brendan Rodgers' handling of Pepe Reina is not the 'Liverpool way'

The goalkeeper posted an open letter criticising the club after he was sent out on loan without being consulted

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The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
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Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

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