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West Ham 4-0 Doncaster: Hammers set up FA Cup fifth-round tie against Man Utd or Liverpool

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By Michael EmonsBBC Sport

The Hammers went ahead in the second minute when Andriy Yarmolenko released Ryan Fredericks and his pull-back was steered into the net by Pablo Fornals.

Yarmolenko made it 2-0 as he lifted a finish over Doncaster goalkeeper Ellery Balcombe after Said Benrahma's pass.

Andy Butler scored an own goal and Oladapo Afolayan added a fourth.

Substitute Afolayan had only been on the pitch for eight minutes and netted his first Hammers goal from close range when Fredericks' shot was parried by Balcombe.

The fourth-round match between Premier League leaders Manchester United and last season's title winners Liverpool will be played at 17:00 GMT on Sunday, 24 January and will be broadcast on BBC One with coverage beginning at 16:30.

Doncaster came into the game at London Stadium fourth in League One and with seven victories in their past eight matches.

However, West Ham could have finished the match off inside the opening 10 minutes as after Fornals' early goal, Manuel Lanzini and Yarmolenko both shot wide when well placed.

But Yarmolenko's calm finish after he raced on to Benrahma's through ball later in the first half ended any hopes of an upset.

Tomas Soucek twice had efforts saved by Balcombe in the second half, but Butler inadvertently extended West Ham's lead when Mark Noble's right-wing corner bounced off him into the net.

The visitors almost scored in the second half but Matt Smith's strike hit the crossbar before Afolayan sealed the win as the Hammers reached the fifth round for the first time in five seasons.

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Match ends, West Ham United 4, Doncaster Rovers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, West Ham United 4, Doncaster Rovers 0.

Offside, West Ham United. Oladapo Afolayan tries a through ball, but Andriy Yarmolenko is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Saïd Benrahma (West Ham United) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is blocked.

Saïd Benrahma (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Brad Halliday (Doncaster Rovers).

Attempt saved. Ben Johnson (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Saïd Benrahma (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamal Baptiste.

Oladapo Afolayan (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Anderson (Doncaster Rovers).

Foul by Mark Noble (West Ham United).

Danny Amos (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United).

Reece James (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Andriy Yarmolenko.

Substitution, West Ham United. Jamal Baptiste replaces Ryan Fredericks.

Substitution, West Ham United. Nathan Trott replaces Lukasz Fabianski.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Ben Johnson.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Ben Johnson.

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