West Ham started the day with unwelcome news off the pitch and they finished it by crashing out of the Carling Cup as Hayden Mullins' own goal handed a 1-0 victory to Watford.
The third-round tie was seen as the perfect way for the Hammers to forget about the ruling in the Carlos Tevez affair, which could cost them £30million by Sheffield United's estimation.
However, Adrian Boothroyd's side belied their place in the bottom half of the Coca-Cola Championship. The winner was bizarre but they are used to that at Vicarage Road after Reading's phantom strike at the weekend.
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