EFL Cup - Third Round
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West Ham 8-0 Macclesfield: Hammers thrash Macclesfield to reach fourth round

Grady Diangana scores his second goal
Grady Diangana scored West Ham's seventh and eighth goals on his debut

West Ham put eight goals past League Two Macclesfield Town to earn their biggest win since 1983 and reach the Carabao Cup fourth round.

Macclesfield manager Mark Yates, whose side are bottom of the Football League, said the loss was "not what we needed".

The Hammers gave debuts to three academy graduates, including Grady Diangana who scored twice.

Robert Snodgrass scored in either half, his first goals for the club since joining in January 2017.

Michail Antonio struck his first goal since March while Ryan Fredericks hit a spectacular second-half strike.

"I'm bitterly disappointed with the goals we conceded," Yates said.

"It's not what we needed but that's where we are. You saw the gulf in class and you can see we are low in confidence."

Manager Manuel Pellegrini had made eight changes to the team that drew with Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday but their victory is their biggest since the Hammers beat Bury 10-0 in the League Cup 34 years ago.

Macclesfield - 24th in League Two - are without a win in 90 minutes this season with their previous cup victories coming on penalties.

The defeat is their biggest as a Football League club.

How the goals happened

  • Antonio opened the scoring in 29th minute by heading in Declan Rice's cross from close range.
  • Snodgrass scored his first three minutes later, tapping in on the goal line after Diangana's shot had been saved.
  • Lucas Perez volleyed in Aaron Cresswell's cross from the left in the 39th minute for his second goal for the Hammers.
  • Six minutes after half-time Fredericks hit the pick of the goals, driving a powerful shot into the far top corner from the right edge of the box.
  • Angelo Ogbonna converted a free header at a corner three minutes later.
  • Diangana made it seven in the 67th minute by finishing low past Kieran O'Hara after playing a one-two with Perez on the edge of the box.
  • The 20-year-old then combined with fellow debutante Joe Powell for the eighth, again sliding low beyond the goalkeeper.

The Academy of Football lives on?

Powell and Diangana
Grady Diangana, Joe Powell and Conor Coventry all made their West Ham debuts in the win

West Ham's famous academy has produced a number of star players including World Cup winners Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters and others such as Trevor Brooking, Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand.

On Wednesday, it saw three more of its players progress to the first team - Diangana, Powell and Conor Coventry.

Winger Diangana was the only starter and was impressive from the opening minutes.

He made a confident start playing a one-two with Perez but hit the side-netting from a tight angle.

The Englishman could have opened his account in the build-up to Snodgrass' first strike but eventually got his first goals with two good finishes.

"I'm pleased for him because the only thing I demand from young players is when they get the opportunity to take the opportunity. He did really well," Pellegrini said.

"He's a young player and he must improve on a lot of things to be a top player, but he's working hard and doing well and if he continues with the personality he showed today I think he will improve a lot."

Coventry, the youngest of the trio at 18, came on at half-time while 19-year-old midfielder Powell appeared in the 62nd minute.

Powell's assist for the eighth goal was an excellent, defence-splitting pass from deep which put Diangana through one-on-one.

Declan Rice tweet
Declan Rice, who made his West Ham debut in 2017, was another academy graduate to play against Macclesfield


West Ham

Formation 4-3-3

  • 13Adrián
  • 24Fredericks
  • 23Diop
  • 21Ogbonna
  • 3Cresswell
  • 14ObiangSubstituted forCoventryat 45'minutes
  • 15C SánchezSubstituted forRiceat 10'minutes
  • 11Snodgrass
  • 45Diangana
  • 27Pérez
  • 30AntonioSubstituted forPowellat 62'minutes


  • 1Fabianski
  • 4Balbuena
  • 20Yarmolenko
  • 26Masuaku
  • 41Rice
  • 50Powell
  • 54Coventry


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1O'Hara
  • 19Pearson
  • 5Kelleher
  • 6Grimes
  • 3Fitzpatrick
  • 18Maycock
  • 4LoweSubstituted forWelch-Hayesat 68'minutes
  • 16NapaSubstituted forArthurat 58'minutes
  • 23Whitaker
  • 8Marsh
  • 10SmithSubstituted forBlissettat 58'minutes


  • 2Hodgkiss
  • 9Wilson
  • 13Blissett
  • 14Welch-Hayes
  • 20Vincenti
  • 22Arthur
  • 25Simpson
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, West Ham United 8, Macclesfield Town 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, West Ham United 8, Macclesfield Town 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Issa Diop (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Robert Snodgrass with a cross following a corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Jamie Grimes.

  5. Post update

    Grady Diangana (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Fiacre Kelleher (Macclesfield Town).

  7. Post update

    Offside, Macclesfield Town. Danny Whitaker tries a through ball, but Nathan Blissett is caught offside.

  8. Goal!

    Goal! West Ham United 8, Macclesfield Town 0. Grady Diangana (West Ham United) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Joe Powell with a through ball.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. David Fitzpatrick (Macclesfield Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Nathan Blissett following a fast break.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Joe Powell (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Grady Diangana.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Robert Snodgrass (West Ham United).

  12. Post update

    Callum Maycock (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Angelo Ogbonna (West Ham United).

  14. Post update

    Koby Arthur (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Miles Welch-Hayes replaces Keith Lowe.

  16. Goal!

    Goal! West Ham United 7, Macclesfield Town 0. Grady Diangana (West Ham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Joe Powell.

  17. Post update

    Aaron Cresswell (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Koby Arthur (Macclesfield Town).

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Aaron Cresswell (West Ham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, West Ham United. Joe Powell replaces Michail Antonio.


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