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West Ham earn dramatic late win against Accrington

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.”

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

Foul by Michail Antonio (West Ham United).

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

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

Delay in match Seamus Conneely (Accrington Stanley) because of an injury.

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Omar Beckles.

Attempt missed. Michail Antonio (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a set piece situation.

Dimitri Payet (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley).

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Omar Beckles.

Attempt missed. Simone Zaza (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt missed. Michail Antonio (West Ham United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Mark Hughes replaces Scott Brown.

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Jordan Clark.

Attempt saved. Simone Zaza (West Ham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Pedro Obiang.

Foul by Pedro Obiang (West Ham United).

Scott Brown (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Simone Zaza (West Ham United) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Substitution, West Ham United. Michail Antonio replaces Jonathan Calleri.

Attempt missed. Chris Eagles (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Dimitri Payet (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley).

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Omar Beckles.

Attempt saved. Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Chris Eagles replaces John O’Sullivan because of an injury.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Simone Zaza.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Edimilson Fernandes (West Ham United) because of an injury.

Edimilson Fernandes (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley).

Attempt missed. Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Arthur Masuaku.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Darren Randolph.

Attempt saved. Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Dimitri Payet (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by John O’Sullivan (Accrington Stanley).

Attempt saved. Simone Zaza (West Ham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Delay in match John O’Sullivan (Accrington Stanley) because of an injury.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/37357930