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Carabao Cup: Newport County 0-2 West Ham United

Felipe Anderson of West Ham is challenged by Robbie Willmott (R)
Felipe Anderson of West Ham is challenged by Newport's Robbie Willmott

Jack Wilshere scored his first goal for West Ham to help them avoid an upset in the second round of the Carabao Cup at cup shock specialists Newport County.

The League Two hosts harassed their Premier League opponents in a full-blooded first half.

Newport missed a glorious opportunity to take the lead when Padraig Amond shot straight at Roberto.

They were punished shortly before the break when Wilshere seized on Kyle Howkins' error to calmly finish.

Pablo Fornals became the second player of the evening to score his first Hammers goal when he tapped in from Felipe Anderson's low cross.

It was a neatly constructed and simply finished goal, a snapshot of how proficiently West Ham dealt with a potentially problematic fixture.

Potentially problematic because cup upsets have become something of a Newport speciality in recent seasons, with Leicester City and Leeds United among their FA Cup scalps and Tottenham falling behind at Rodney Parade before escaping with a draw.

West Ham were eager not to join that list and, although Manuel Pellegrini made 10 changes to his team, this was still a potent side including Wilshere and summer signings Fornals and Albian Ajeti.

Newport, meanwhile, made only one change to their strongest line-up - a far cry from the first round when this competition was so low on manager Mike Flynn's list of priorities that he told the fans not to travel to their first-round fixture at League One side Gillingham.

As it happens, the Exiles won on penalties to set up this enticing tie, and there was no chance of such apathy from Flynn at a packed and boisterous Rodney Parade.

The home supporters were fired up and so were the players, determined to make life as uncomfortable as possible for their Premier League opponents.

However, West Ham were the first to threaten as an incisive move involving Anderson - on as an early substitute for Michail Antonio, who seemed to tear a hamstring - and Aaron Cresswell led to a low shot from Fornals hitting the post.

That was a warning, although Newport also posed a danger, most evident when Tristan Abrahams squared the ball to Amond, who squandered his golden opportunity by firing low at Roberto's legs.

For all the graft and fire from the home side, that was to prove costly as centre-back Howkins dithered on the ball to give Wilshere a clear run on goal, which he gleefully accepted.

Newport continued to battle but, as their early efforts began to take their toll, they dropped deeper in defence and the inevitable second goal arrived when Anderson flicked an inviting pass along the six-yard box, where the onrushing Fornals finished with ease.

The Exiles refused to give up even as the game seemed beyond them, and they were denied the goal their exertions arguably deserved when Josh Sheehan's powerful shot crashed off the crossbar.

Newport County manager Mike Flynn: "I thought they were very good, but you can't make those mistakes like we did for the two goals.

"First one with Kyle [Howkins] then Scot [Bennett] and you can't afford to miss the chances we had. We had two sitters. Score first and it's a different game.

"It's always nice when Mr Pellegrini says how impressed he was with our team. But you still want to win those games."

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini: "Happy for the result, happy not to concede goals and happy with the performance, especially the last 45 minutes of the game. I think that we dominated.

"The first 45 minutes was more equal because we knew before that Newport are a difficult team here, with such a direct style, with so many crosses, but I think that we played a good game."

On the injury to Michail Antonio, Pellegrini added: "He has a hamstring injury. We will see tomorrow."

Line-ups

Newport

  • 30Townsend
  • 12McNamara
  • 5Howkins
  • 25O'Brien
  • 3Haynes
  • 8DolanSubstituted forBennettat 64'minutes
  • 10Sheehan
  • 7WillmottSubstituted forCollinsat 81'minutes
  • 20WhitelySubstituted forMaloneyat 64'minutes
  • 9Amond
  • 15Abrahams

Substitutes

  • 1King
  • 2Leadbitter
  • 17Bennett
  • 21Collins
  • 22Maloney
  • 26Ekpiteta
  • 27Inniss

West Ham

  • 13Jiménez
  • 5Zabaleta
  • 4Balbuena
  • 23Diop
  • 3Cresswell
  • 15C Sánchez
  • 11Snodgrass
  • 19WilshereSubstituted forCoventryat 82'minutes
  • 18Fornals
  • 30AntonioSubstituted forFelipe Andersonat 8'minutes
  • 27Ajeti

Substitutes

  • 1Fabianski
  • 8Felipe Anderson
  • 21Ogbonna
  • 22Haller
  • 41Rice
  • 53Johnson
  • 54Coventry
Referee:
Steve Martin
Attendance:
6,382

Match Stats

Home TeamNewportAway TeamWest Ham
Possession
Home27%
Away73%
Shots
Home13
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Newport County 0, West Ham United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Newport County 0, West Ham United 2.

Attempt blocked. Conor Coventry (West Ham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Albian Ajeti.

Foul by Felipe Anderson (West Ham United).

Dan McNamara (Newport County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Josh Sheehan (Newport County) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the right side of the box.

Attempt missed. Ryan Haynes (Newport County) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner from a direct free kick.

Foul by Carlos Sánchez (West Ham United).

Lewis Collins (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, Newport County. Dan McNamara tries a through ball, but Kyle Howkins is caught offside.

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Roberto Jiménez.

Attempt saved. Kyle Howkins (Newport County) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ryan Haynes.

Foul by Issa Diop (West Ham United).

Tristan Abrahams (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United. Conor Coventry replaces Jack Wilshere.

Substitution

Substitution, Newport County. Lewis Collins replaces Robbie Willmott.

Attempt missed. Jack Wilshere (West Ham United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Pablo Fornals.

Attempt saved. Pablo Zabaleta (West Ham United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Robert Snodgrass.

Attempt blocked. Tristan Abrahams (Newport County) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked. Assisted by Padraig Amond.

Pablo Fornals (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Robbie Willmott (Newport County).

Attempt blocked. Kyle Howkins (Newport County) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dan McNamara.

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Roberto Jiménez.

Attempt saved. Kyle Howkins (Newport County) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Dan McNamara.

Foul by Issa Diop (West Ham United).

Tristan Abrahams (Newport County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Jack Wilshere (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Felipe Anderson.

Goal!

Goal! Newport County 0, West Ham United 2. Pablo Fornals (West Ham United) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Felipe Anderson.

Attempt missed. Issa Diop (West Ham United) with an attempt from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Felipe Anderson with a cross following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Newport County. Taylor Maloney replaces Corey Whitely.

Substitution

Substitution, Newport County. Scot Bennett replaces Matthew Dolan.

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Robbie Willmott.

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Robbie Willmott.

Jack Wilshere (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josh Sheehan (Newport County).

Jack Wilshere (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josh Sheehan (Newport County).

Attempt missed. Albian Ajeti (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Robert Snodgrass with a cross following a corner.

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Josh Sheehan.

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

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