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AFC Wimbledon 4-2 West Ham Utd

Filed: Saturday, 26th January 2019
By: Staff Writer

Back in 2002, when AFC Wimbledon were formed from the ashes of the original defunct Dons, Glenn Roeder's West Ham were enjoying one of the club's best ever seasons in the top flight with a seventh-placed finish in the Premiership.

Yet in the same season the Irons were knocked out of the League Cup by Championship side Reading, who extended United's long history of embarrassing cup defeats against lower-league teams.

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Fast forward a mere 16 (and a bit) years and the new Dons - who went into the game bottom of League One with just one win in their previous six outings - produced one of the fledgling club's most memorable performances by smashing four past a dreadful West Ham, 50-odd places above them in the league pyramid, to add yet another name to United's list of shame.

Memories of Blackpool, Wrexham, Tranmere, Chesterfield, Farnborough, Stockport and Nottingham Forest linger long, as will tonight's humiliating defeat - which could perhaps top all of the above bar perhaps 1970's infamous night, which would've resulted in Bobby Moore (and others) being sacked by the club had Ron Greenwood had his way.

Manuel Pellegrini - who can now consider himself fully integrated into the club's culture having overseen a cup catastrophe - watched on in disbelief at times as his reshuffled team contrived to concede four goals, two in each half. Wimbledon's second, to name but one was akin to Sunday League stuff, as West Ham's defence parted like the Red Sea to allow Scott Wagstaff to register the first of two strikes.

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That it took the hosts 34 minutes to register the game's first goal was perhaps the only surprise, given their dominance in the early stages. Kwesi Appiah was the goalscorer, with his effort taking a heavy deflection via Angelo Ogbonna to wrong-foot reserve goalkeeper Adrian, hauled out of inaction for the cup competitions as has become tradition in recent seasons.

Wagstaff's leisurely stroll through the wide open spaces of what should've been West Ham's defence ensured the Dons took a commanding 2-0 lead into the break - a lead that became 3-0 within 90 SECONDS of the restart, as once again Wagstaff was on call to deliver a crushing blow to Pellegrini's team.

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Finally stung into action, West Ham pulled one back shortly before the hour mark through substitute Lucas Perez - who, like all of West Ham's other strikers is either on loan or has been linked with a move elsewhere during the current transfer window.

And when fellow sub Felipe Anderson scored with a delightful 20-yard free kick on 71 minutes to make it 3-2, hopes were high that West Ham could complete what would've been a remarkable comeback.

However those faint hopes were finally dashed two minutes from the end of normal time when Toby Sibbick rose to convert a deep cross and make the final score 4-2 - an astonishing result given the cost of assembling both teams; West Ham's XI requiring in excess of 100million and Wimbledon's just 53,000.

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West Ham Utd: Adrian, Antonio, Diop, Ogbonna, Masuaku, Diangana (Fredericks 46), Noble, Obiang (Anderson 46), Snodgrass, Hernandez, Carroll (Perez 46).

Subs not used: Fabianski, Rice, Coventry, Holland.

Goals: Lucas Perez (57), Felipe Anderson (71).

Booked: Fredericks, Masuaku

AFC Wimbledon: Ramsdale, Watson, Thomas, McDonald, Oshilaja, Nightingale, Wordsworth, Connolly (Sibbick 86), Pinnock (Soares 65), Wordsworth, Appiah (Jervis 76).

Subs not used: Garratt, McDonnell, Pigott, Trotter.

Goals: Appiah (34), Wagstaff (41, 46), Sibbick (88).

Referee: Anthony Taylor.

Attendance: 4,777.

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