Everything went right for West Ham today, except Cole didn't score. Nolan was on the scoresheet with a typical tap in / nod in goal, Vaz Te scored a blinder and so did substitute Maynard. We hit the bar, the Cardiff keeper was their man of the match and each of the assists were superb: a brilliant whipped corner by Taylor, a deft through ball from Demel and a lovely slid pass by Lansbury.
At the back we were rock solid, so tight that McKnight could have been between the sticks and it wouldn't have mattered. Tomkins and Reid again looked like a superb combination and Demel and Taylor both raided down the flanks, giving us the width we were lacking earlier in the season.
In midfield, Noble, Collison, O'Neil and Nolan combined superbly, whilst Vaz Te terrified the Cardiff defence all afternoon. Cole was ok too. When he came on, Lansbury looked the part too and played in Maynard for his goal.
In truth, it could have been six: it was that easy and we were that good. Long ball football? Not much sign of it today. We had balance, we had width, we had pace in the shape of Vaz Te, we had imagination, we had guile, we were strong, composed, confident and utterly and completely in control. And Green didn't look like a man about to defect to Tottenham based on his celebrations when we scored.
So, all trains now lead to Wembley! And hopefully the Prem!