West Ham go away it late to finish Stockport resistance in FA Cup
West Ham left it late earlier than securing their place within the FA Cup fourth spherical after gained 1-0 at Nationwide League facet Stockport County.
Craig Dawson’s late header secured a hard-fought victory for David Moyes’ males in powerful situations on a tough pitch.
The London facet will now face Doncaster in spherical 4, with a possible tie towards Manchester United or Liverpool within the fifth spherical.
Hammers boss David Moyes named a robust line-up to tackle Stockport within the third-round conflict.
Moyes made 5 modifications to the facet that beat Everton within the Premier League on New 12 months’s Day, with Ben Johnson, Mark Noble, Andriy Yarmolenko, Manuel Lanzini and Michail Antonio all drafted in.
Nonetheless, it’s a group comprising of seven full internationals towards a non-league facet that has reached this stage of the competitors for the primary time since 2007.
The Hatters’ line-up contained Wayne Rooney’s youthful brother John.
Situations at Edgeley Park have been tough for either side within the driving rain, which had been falling for a lot of hours on Monday, however West Ham got here shut when Mentioned Benrahma chested down a cross and curled narrowly broad.
Ben Hinchliffe had helplessly watched that effort drift simply previous his left-hand put up however flung himself throughout the greasy turf when Andriy Yarmolenko reduce in from the best and directed a left-foot shot broad from distance.
Play was momentarily halted after 1 / 4 of an hour as a consequence of a protracted – and loud – fireworks show simply outdoors the bottom.
Stockport have been doing extra than simply hanging in but it surely was West Ham who have been rather more threatening and Yarmolenko’s precision go virtually put Antonio by however the ahead acquired the ball tangled between his legs.
Lanzini struck from the sting of the field and Hinchcliffe gathered on the second try at his close to put up after the ball initially bobbled out of his grasp.
Mark Kitching’s last-ditch problem stopped Antonio as he was winding as much as shoot after being put by whereas the ahead’s deflected effort simply missed the goal because the Hammers have been as soon as once more denied the opener.
The groups went in at half-time goalless.
Robust going for Hammers
West Ham needed a penalty simply earlier than the hour mark when Declan Rice drove into the field, the ball popped up and hit a Stockport participant’s arm however ref Mike Dean was having none of it.
The house facet went shut themselves 5 minutes later when Connor Jennings’ cross-shot was cleared away by Craig Dawson.
Moyes turned to Tomas Soucek and Jarrod Bowen off the bench with simply over 20 minutes to go, with Manuel Lanzini and Andriy Yarmolenko going off.
The guests lastly broke the impasse with seven minutes to go, when a brief nook was performed to Jarrod Bowen whose cross was met by a strong header from Dawson.
Stockport piled ahead in the hunt for an equaliser however got here up brief because the Hammers progressed.
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