Record signing Brown Ideye scored twice as resurgent West Brom thumped West Ham 4 – 0 to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals for the first time since 2008.
The striker side-footed the Baggies ahead after 20 minutes before a 25-yard shot from James Morrison made it 2-0. Ideye headed the third goal from eight yards early in the second half. West Ham substitute Morgan Amalfitano was sent off for pushing Chris Brunt in the face before Saido Berahino drove in the final goal at the near post. West Brom are still fighting against relegation in the Premier League but manager Tony Pulis – who has lost just one in his first eight games in charge – had made it clear he also wants a sustained cup run. And the performance of his side reflected that as they moved to within two wins of giving Pulis the chance to make amends for the defeat he suffered as Stoke manager against Manchester City in the 2011 FA Cup final. The Baggies dominated throughout against a West Ham side who, according to manager Sam Allardyce, were also intent on trying to win the trophy with no fears of their own about league safety. Before this season, Allardyce had not enjoyed an FA Cup win in his three seasons in charge of the Hammers but after a run of just one defeat in nine games they were unable to replicate their recent form. West Ham were missing injured striker Andy Carroll, whose season has been ended by a knee injury, and they were never able to wrest the initiative back once West Brom took an early lead.