West Ham United's wretched home form continued in the Worthington Cup last night as they were beaten 1-0 by Second Division Oldham Athletic, their fifth defeat at Upton Park this season. Carlo Corazzin scored the winner in the 42rd minute, taking advantage of some sloppy defending at a corner to head past David James.
It marked a happy return to the club for the former Hammers striker Iain Dowie. Dowie is the current manager of Oldham and his side were rarely stretched by a below-par West Ham.
Middlesbrough were other Premiership casualties, losing 3-1 at Ipswich Town. The Danish defender Thomas Gaardsoe gave Joe Royle's side the lead in the second minute, Jamie Clapham made it two with a fine finish from 18 yards and Darren Bent virtually made the game safe on the stroke of half-time with a powerful header.
The visitors – who gave 17-year-old Andrew Davies his debut in defence – pulled a goal back with two minutes to go through Franck Queudrue.
Holders Blackburn only scraped into the next round by beating Walsall 5-4 on penalties after extra-time at Ewood Park had failed to split the two sides.
At one stage the First Division side led 2-1 through David Zdrilic's strike in the 98th minute but an Ian Roper own goal made it 2-2.
Blackburn scored with all five of their spot kicks and with Alan Kelly saving from Darren Wrack's third penalty for the visitors Rovers went through.
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