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West Ham United 1-0 Accrington Stanley

Dimitri Payet
Dimitri Payet had started the game on the bench

Dimitri Payet scored a free-kick deep into injury time to earn West Ham a dramatic win against League Two Accrington Stanley in the EFL Cup.

The tie seemed to be heading for extra time before the France midfielder struck in the 96th minute.

Payet, who started on the bench, lashed the ball over the wall to beat QPR keeper Elliot Parish.

West Ham, who finished with 10 men after Arthur Masuaku went off injured, will host Chelsea in the fourth round.

Slaven Bilic's side have lost four of their opening five games in the Premier League and have suffered back-to-back 4-2 defeats.

The West Ham manager made seven changes to the side that lost at West Brom on Saturday, handing debuts to Alvaro Arbeloa and Edimilson Fernandes.

But the Hammers struggled to create any meaningful chances against the visitors and there were boos at half-time before Payet came on to inspire a vital victory.

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic:

"We expected an easier win, with the greatest respect, and not to have to do it in the last minute.

"We went down to 10 men but we wanted to score before extra time and then, a great moment from a great player. We didn't play good but I thought we deserved to win."

Accrington Stanley manager John Coleman said:

"People will throw bouquets at us for our spirit today but we don't want to be seen as plucky. We came here to win and we matched them for most of the game. Unfortunately we've gone to sleep in the 96th minute and you give a player of Payet's quality a free-kick on the edge of the box and it's tantamount to a penalty.

"We talked about putting a man on the line but that makes it difficult for the goalkeeper. You've got to applaud the quality. But he earns more in a month than our whole squad earns in a season. Because he can do that. And we can't."


West Ham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Randolph
  • 5Arbeloa
  • 4Nordtveit
  • 21Ogbonna
  • 26MasuakuSubstituted forat 88'minutes
  • 14Obiang
  • 31Fernandes
  • 7FeghouliSubstituted forPayetat 45'minutes
  • 28CalleriSubstituted forAntonioat 70'minutes
  • 17TöreSubstituted forLanziniat 45'minutes
  • 11Zaza


  • 10Lanzini
  • 13Adrián
  • 22Byram
  • 24Fletcher
  • 27Payet
  • 30Antonio
  • 35Oxford


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Parish
  • 6Vyner
  • 2Pearson
  • 5Beckles
  • 30Donacien
  • 8BrownSubstituted forHughesat 77'minutes
  • 28ConneelySubstituted forBocoat 84'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 27O'SullivanSubstituted forEaglesat 66'minutes
  • 7Clark
  • 11McConville
  • 29Kee


  • 3Hughes
  • 9Gornell
  • 12Jones
  • 14Boco
  • 17Lacey
  • 20Chapman
  • 33Eagles
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, West Ham United 1, Accrington Stanley 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, West Ham United 1, Accrington Stanley 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Michail Antonio.

  4. Goal!

    Goal! West Ham United 1, Accrington Stanley 0. Dimitri Payet (West Ham United) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  5. Booking

    Romuald Boco (Accrington Stanley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

    Dimitri Payet (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Romuald Boco (Accrington Stanley).

  8. Post update

    Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Elliot Parish.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Pedro Obiang (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Omar Beckles (Accrington Stanley) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Michail Antonio (West Ham United).

  12. Post update

    Billy Kee (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Edimilson Fernandes (West Ham United).

  14. Post update

    Jordan Clark (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Arthur Masuaku went off injured after West Ham United had used all subs.

  16. Post update

    Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Mark Hughes.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Michail Antonio (West Ham United).

  19. Post update

    Omar Beckles (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Romuald Boco replaces Seamus Conneely because of an injury.

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