The Hammers are thoroughly enjoying the Capital One cup this season as it is providing a great opportunity for match time for our bulging and eager squad.
Moreover, the Ravel Morrison story gets better and better as he continues to deliver excellent performances embellished by a more than healthy strike rate - now 8 goals since he returned to the Boleyn for preseason. Watch out Kevin Nolan!
And so poor Cardiff fell foul to Ravel's quick Thinking as he netted yet another early goal a mere 22 seconds after the kick off! The Hammers were cruising at 2-0 after 7 minutes as Morrison was again significantly involved in the build up to Matt Jarvis' goal.
Cardiff were on the rocks and stumbled towards half time as the Hammers repeatedly threatened a third but somehow Cardiff held on and then sneaked a goal on the stroke of half time with their first attack!
Out for the second half and the hapless Maiga was replaced by Mladen Petric. However, it was the much maligned Peter Odemwingie's turn to stir the scoreboard keeper into action as he slotted an equaliser and it was truly game on!
A ding dong battle followed but the sides were spared extra time by a late Ricky Vaz Te header which sealed it at 3-2. man of the match went to Mr Morrison (again) and the Bubbles faithful headed off in to the night full of cheer.
It's off to Burnley next and with news of Carlton Cole's imminent return, extra game time might assist Big Sam in getting his strikers up to a desirable level of match fitness.
Away to Hull next. COYI!