Pellegrini gets first win as West Ham avoid scare at AFC Wimbledon


Joe Pigott scores for AFC Wimbledon against West Ham

Joe Pigott was playing in non-league last season for Maidstone

West Ham survived a scare at League One AFC Wimbledon as they came from behind to reach the Carabao Cup third round and secure Manuel Pellegrini’s first win as manager.

Joe Pigott headed the hosts ahead from Mitchell Pinnock’s corner.

Wimbledon’s Rod McDonald was sent off after 18 minutes but West Ham had to wait until the second half to equalise.

Issa Diop made it 1-1 before Angelo Ogbonna scored the visitors’ second, with Javier Hernandez sealing the win.

Wimbledon produced a gutsy defensive performance to frustrate the Premier League visitors, who made nine changes to the side that started last weekend’s 3-1 defeat at Arsenal.

Ukraine forward Andriy Yarmolenko, signed from Borussia Dortmund, and Spanish forward Lucas Perez, brought in from Arsenal, made their first starts.

Yet the Hammers, bottom of the Premier League table after three straight defeats, were behind after just 72 seconds as Pigott, who played in non-league for Maidstone last season, found the net with a superb header.

McDonald was dismissed after two bookings in the space of five minutes for fouls on Robert Snodgrass and Hernandez.

West Ham were not able to capitalise on the extra man advantage until midway through the second half when Diop fired home from outside the penalty area, the French defender’s first goal since joining the club from Toulouse for a club record £22m in June.

The Hammers took the lead for the first time with seven minutes remaining: Ogbonna with a header from Snodgrass’ corner.

Hernandez scored the third in added time after taking the ball round keeper Tom King.

Javier Hernandez scores for West Ham at AFC Wimbledon in the Carabao Cup<!–

Javier Hernandez, who scored for Mexico at the 2018 World Cup, netted his first West Ham goal since 8 April

‘I was worried’

West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini: “I was worried because you play against these teams that defend really well and then you are losing 1-0 in the first minutes, after working the whole week not to suffer those kinds of goals.

“The best thing the team did tonight was that we kept calm – we continued moving and creating space.

“It’s important to win. If we lose this game, that’s another consequence – it’s very important. We need to continue working and I hope on Saturday we can have our first victory in the Premier League.”

AFC Wimbledon boss Neal Ardley on the red card: “At the time I was stunned. The first yellow is fair enough as he misses the ball. The second, I think he has gone down very easy. In our league that happens all over the pitch and it’s not given.

“It’s a massive decision. We can’t cause them problems after that and it was going to be attack against defence. It’s a game changer.”

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Match ends, AFC Wimbledon 1, West Ham United 3.

Second Half ends, AFC Wimbledon 1, West Ham United 3.

Goal! AFC Wimbledon 1, West Ham United 3. Chicharito (West Ham United) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Arthur Masuaku.

Substitution, West Ham United. Arthur Masuaku replaces Andriy Yarmolenko.

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Toby Sibbick.

Offside, AFC Wimbledon. Anthony Wordsworth tries a through ball, but Kwesi Appiah is caught offside.

Foul by Michail Antonio (West Ham United).

Liam Trotter (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Andriy Yarmolenko (West Ham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Michail Antonio.

Attempt missed. Aaron Cresswell (West Ham United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Declan Rice.

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

Goal! AFC Wimbledon 1, West Ham United 2. Angelo Ogbonna (West Ham United) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Robert Snodgrass with a cross following a corner.

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Adedeji Oshilaja.

Attempt blocked. Robert Snodgrass (West Ham United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andriy Yarmolenko.

Substitution, West Ham United. Michail Antonio replaces Lucas Pérez.

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

Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Kwesi Appiah replaces James Hanson.

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Scott Wagstaff.

Attempt blocked. Felipe Anderson (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Declan Rice.

Pablo Zabaleta (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Anthony Wordsworth (AFC Wimbledon).

Attempt blocked. Lucas Pérez (West Ham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Pablo Zabaleta with a cross.

Robert Snodgrass (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Anthony Wordsworth (AFC Wimbledon).

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Will Nightingale.

Attempt missed. Andriy Yarmolenko (West Ham United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Issa Diop.

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Toby Sibbick.

Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Anthony Wordsworth replaces Mitchell Pinnock.

Offside, West Ham United. Robert Snodgrass tries a through ball, but Lucas Pérez is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Chicharito (West Ham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Pablo Zabaleta.

Attempt blocked. Robert Snodgrass (West Ham United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Issa Diop (West Ham United) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Felipe Anderson with a cross following a corner.

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Tom King.

Attempt saved. Felipe Anderson (West Ham United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

Goal! AFC Wimbledon 1, West Ham United 1. Issa Diop (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Felipe Anderson.

Attempt missed. Chicharito (West Ham United) right footed shot from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Andriy Yarmolenko.

Foul by Issa Diop (West Ham United).

James Hanson (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Felipe Anderson (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Robert Snodgrass following a corner.

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Will Nightingale.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/45254458

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