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AFC Wimbledon 1-3 West Ham Utd

Filed: Tuesday, 28th August 2018
By: Staff Writer

West Ham are through to the third round of the Carabao Cup thanks to two late goals against a ten-man Wimbledon side.

The determined League One hosts, reduced to ten men from the 18th minute were no match for West Ham but made Manuel Pellegrini's team wait until the 83rd minute before falling behind for the first time on the night.

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Neil Ardley's side had opened the scoring whilst many of the capacity crowd were still taking their seats, when Joe Pigott headed Wimbledon ahead from Mitchell Pinnock's corner with just a minute on the clock.

However the game took a huge turn in West Ham's favour when Wimbledon's Rod McDonald was dismissed for a second yellow card after tuggling Javier Hernandez's shirt with only 18 minutes of the 90 played.

West Ham went on to enjoy 80 per cent posession following McDonald's dismissal but time after time were frustrated by a combination of dogged defending by the hosts and some profligate finishing.

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As a result it was little surprise that West Ham's equaliser came from the foot of a defender. Issa Diop, whose debut at Arsenal was marked with an own goal finally drew United level with a fierce drive from 20 yards out just past the hour mark.

With no extra time or replays in this year's Carabao Cup competition, the game appeared to be heading for penalties. That was until Diop's defensive partner, Angelo Ogbonna, pounced at the far post to send West Ham ahead for the first time on the night, as the clock showed just seven minutes of normal time remaining.

The final score was given a more comprehensive look when Javier Hernandez rounded Wimbledon 'keeper King, deep into injury time, to add a third and put to bed to any hopes the hosts had of making an unlikely recovery.

Meanwhile the final whistle confirmed Manuel Pellegrini's first win as West Ham manager, at the fourth attempt.

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West Ham Utd: Adrian, Zabaleta, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Yarmolenko (Masuaku 90), Obiang (Anderson 46), Rice, Snodgrass, Hernandez, Lucas (Antonio 80).

Subs not used: Fabianski, Balbuena, Cullen, Holland.

Goals: Diop (63), Ogbonna (83), Hernandez (90+2).

Booked: Obiang.

AFC Wimbledon: King, Sibbick, Garratt, McDonald, Oshilaja, Pinnock (Wordsworth 68), Hartigan, Trotter, Wagstaff, Hanson (Appiah 79), Pigott (Nightingale 26).

Subs not used: McDonnell, Purrington, Thomas, Barcham.

Goals: Pigott (2).

Booked: McDonald.

Sent off: McDonald.

Referee: Tim Robinson.

Attendance: 3,962.

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