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West Ham 3-1 Cardiff: Victory 'special' for Lucas Perez - Manuel Pellegrini

Lucas Perez
Lucas Perez last scored a Premier League goal for Arsenal in a 3-3 draw with Bournemouth in January 2017

Manager Manuel Pellegrini described West Ham's 3-1 Premier League victory over Cardiff as a "special" game for Lucas Perez after he came off the bench to score twice at London Stadium.

Perez, who replaced the injured Marko Arnautovic in the first half, struck twice in five minutes early in the second.

He had not played more than 27 minutes in a league game since joining for a reported £4m from Arsenal in August.

"I don't think he must prove anything. We know why we brought him here," said Pellegrini.

"Lucas played very well. There are many reasons why players don't play but it's important for them to take their chance."

After Perez's double, Michail Antonio headed a third for West Ham, and Josh Murphy bundled in a consolation for Cardiff with the last touch of the game.

Hammers goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski saved a first-half penalty from Joe Ralls with the score 0-0.

West Ham moved up to 12th in the table, while Neil Warnock's Cardiff have taken only one point from seven away games this season and sit two points above the relegation zone.

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West Ham improving game by game - Pellegrini

Hammers on the rise

West Ham were in control throughout, with Cardiff keeper Neil Etheridge denying Angelo Ogbonna, Declan Rice and Arnautovic in the first half-hour.

Aside from Ralls' penalty, Fabianski was rarely tested, while the hosts continued to pepper Cardiff's goal as Rice, Ogbonna and Grady Diangana went close.

Perez scored his first league goal in 700 days following some sloppy Cardiff defending and a clever chip by Robert Snodgrass, and added a second when played in on the left-hand side of the penalty area by Arthur Masuaku.

Cardiff's 95th-minute goal came when Fabianski flapped at a corner and his defenders failed to clear.

West Ham, who recorded consecutive league wins for the first time since January 2017, face five more teams in the bottom half of the table in December.

Their sole defeat in six league games came against champions Manchester City in November.

The only negative in another dominant Hammers performance was Arnautovic's hamstring injury.

Cardiff score against West Ham
Josh Murphy's 95th-minute goal was Cardiff's only shot on target in the second half

Cardiff's away blues go on

With only three goals, Cardiff have the joint-worst record in the league away from home - equal with bottom-of-the-table Fulham - and West Ham enjoyed 76% of possession in the first 20 minutes.

Arnautovic's nudge on Junior Hoilett gave Cardiff an opportunity to take the lead against the run of play, but Ralls' poor penalty was saved by Fabianski diving to his left.

Perez's two goals early in the second half effectively settled the contest, and Antonio nodded in at the near post from Robert Snodgrass' corner to underline West Ham's superiority.

With three more away games and a home match against Manchester United this month, Cardiff face the prospect falling into the relegation zone before New Year.

'How are we losing 3-0?' - what they said

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Cardiff need to take their chances - Warnock

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini: "It is important because we started the season badly.

"I was pleased to see the team not nervous when they didn't score in the first half. We tried to continue believing in what we do.

"In the second half we improved, with better movement, and played the ball into space and into feet and players marked man-to-man.

"It would be more pleasing if we kept a clean sheet."

Cardiff manager Neil Warnock: "I don't know how we lost the game, let alone 3-1. I called Manuel over and said 'how are we losing 3-0?' And he said: 'I don't know'.

"You have got to put penalties away. The crowd were just about to turn and then we make it easy for them with three goals in 12 minutes and they don't have to worry about a system or anything.

"I was more pleased than I was against Everton. We are hanging in there. I can't fault them for effort.

"We haven't got enough in the squad; we need two or three extras. It's a long season and we need to help some of the lads that need a breather now and then."

Man of the match - Lucas Perez

Javier Hernandez and Lucas Perez
Perez was sharp when taking his chances and deserved his two goals

Super sub and double assists - the best of the stats

  • Perez became the first West Ham player to score twice as a substitute in a Premier League match since Paulo Wanchope against Newcastle in April 2000.
  • Fabianski has saved the past three penalties he has faced in the Premier League, having saved only two of his previous 19.
  • Snodgrass provided two Premier League assists in a game for the first time since December 2012 (for Norwich against Swansea).
  • 62% of Antonio's Premier League goals have been headers (13 of 21). Of players to have scored at least 20 goals in the competition, only Sami Hyypia (77%), Sol Campbell (75%) and John Terry (66%) have scored a higher ratio with their head.

What's next?

West Ham host Crystal Palace on Saturday at 15:00 GMT, when Cardiff welcome fellow strugglers Southampton.

Line-ups

West Ham

  • 1Fabianski
  • 30Antonio
  • 23Diop
  • 21Ogbonna
  • 26Masuaku
  • 11SnodgrassSubstituted forDianganaat 76'minutes
  • 16Noble
  • 41Rice
  • 8Felipe Anderson
  • 17HernándezSubstituted forCarrollat 64'minutes
  • 7ArnautovicBooked at 36minsSubstituted forPérezat 40'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Balbuena
  • 5Zabaleta
  • 9Carroll
  • 13Adrián
  • 14Obiang
  • 27Pérez
  • 45Diangana

Cardiff

  • 1Etheridge
  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 4Morrison
  • 22BambaBooked at 65mins
  • 3Bennett
  • 17Gunnarsson
  • 21Camarasa
  • 8RallsBooked at 40minsSubstituted forMendez-Laingat 64'minutes
  • 7Arter
  • 33HoilettSubstituted forMurphyat 64'minutes
  • 13PatersonSubstituted forK Harrisat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Peltier
  • 11Murphy
  • 12Smithies
  • 14Reid
  • 19Mendez-Laing
  • 23K Harris
  • 24Madine
Referee:
Graham Scott
Attendance:
56,811

Match Stats

Home TeamWest HamAway TeamCardiff
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home17
Away9
Shots on Target
Home11
Away5
Corners
Home10
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, West Ham United 3, Cardiff City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, West Ham United 3, Cardiff City 1.

Goal!

Goal! West Ham United 3, Cardiff City 1. Josh Murphy (Cardiff City) header from very close range to the centre of the goal following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) with an attempt from very close range is blocked.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Michail Antonio.

Attempt missed. Andy Carroll (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Felipe Anderson.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Grady Diangana.

Attempt blocked. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Víctor Camarasa with a cross.

Attempt saved. Andy Carroll (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Grady Diangana with a cross.

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Joe Bennett.

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Neil Etheridge.

Attempt saved. Grady Diangana (West Ham United) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Felipe Anderson.

Attempt saved. Grady Diangana (West Ham United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Felipe Anderson (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City).

Foul by Michail Antonio (West Ham United).

Josh Murphy (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, West Ham United. Felipe Anderson tries a through ball, but Andy Carroll is caught offside.

Offside, Cardiff City. Neil Etheridge tries a through ball, but Nathaniel Mendez-Laing is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Angelo Ogbonna (West Ham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Grady Diangana.

Attempt saved. Declan Rice (West Ham United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United. Grady Diangana replaces Robert Snodgrass.

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Bruno Ecuele Manga.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Kadeem Harris replaces Callum Paterson because of an injury.

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Sean Morrison.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Callum Paterson (Cardiff City) because of an injury.

Michail Antonio (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Callum Paterson (Cardiff City).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Harry Arter (Cardiff City) because of an injury.

Foul by Declan Rice (West Ham United).

Harry Arter (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Issa Diop (West Ham United) because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Issa Diop (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Robert Snodgrass with a cross.

Booking

Sol Bamba (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Lucas Pérez (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Sol Bamba (Cardiff City).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City1513204573841
2Liverpool1411302752236
3Chelsea1494130111931
4Arsenal1493232181430
5Tottenham14100425151030
6Bournemouth157262522323
7Everton146442016422
8Man Utd146442223-122
9Leicester146352017321
10Brighton156361921-221
11Watford156271821-320
12West Ham155372023-318
13Wolves144461317-416
14Newcastle143381119-812
15Crystal Palace153391120-912
16Cardiff1532101430-1611
17Huddersfield152491026-1610
18Southampton141671226-149
19Burnley142391329-169
20Fulham1422101435-218
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