West Ham 3-0 Charlton: Hammers cruise through in EFL Cup thanks to Sebastien Haller double as Felipe Anderson strike rounds off win
- Andriy Yarmolenko beat offside to pass across goal for Sebastien Haller’s opener
- Haller then doubled his tally as he headed in from Robert Snodgrass’ cross
- David Moyes’ side continued to dominate in second half, allowing few chances
- Felipe Anderson then made it three after latching on to Manuel Lanzini’s ball
- Hammers will face either Leeds or Hull in the competition’s third round
West Ham did not demolish transfer records in the hope Sebastian Haller and Felipe Anderson might help them navigate awkward looking cup ties against third tier opposition.
These were the big-money stars meant to propel the club towards the next level, and a future in the Champions League.
Horizons have altered, however, and their paymasters – the Davids, Sullivan and Gold – will have been grateful for the small mercies of goals to beat Charlton, in this Carabao Cup second round duel between East London neighbours at war with their owners.
Felipe Anderson rounded off the scoring to give West Ham a comfortable victory
The Brazilian converted Manuel Lanzini’s ball from the centre of the box with 10 minutes left
Andriy Yarmolenko (left) and Sebastien Haller (right) celebrate after combining for the opener
West Ham took the honours with some degree of comfort thanks to two goals by Haller in the first half and a third, scored late on by Anderson.
David Moyes made 10 changes to the team which started the Premier League campaign in dismal fashion against Newcastle. Only Issa Diop survived to join a parade of expensive misfits and fringe players and they were soon in control.
Haller opened the scoring, midway through the first-half, tapping a simple finish into an empty net after Andriy Yarmolenko burrowed into the penalty area and supplied a low cross.
Charlton’s defenders claimed an offside but referee Andre Marriner, who had already ruled out an effort by Yarmolenko, was prepared to let this one stand. For Haller, it ended a long wait of 199 days for a goal and his second of the tie soon followed.
Again, it was created on the left, this time by Robert Snodgrass, who delivered a sublime cross for the £45million striker to climb above centre-half Deji Oshilaja and power a header past goalkeeper Ben Amos.
Haller, Yarmolenko and Anderson made for a front three who arrived at the London Stadium for a combined sum of £105m.
Ultimately, the collective firepower proved too much for Charlton.
Lee Bowyer’s side were able to settle into a better rhythm once they were two down, and produced more of a goal threat in the second half.
Jonny Williams forced a save from Darren Randolph and Fabian Balbuena almost glanced a header into his own goal, although the home team always appeared likely to extend their lead.
Charlton manager Lee Bowyer watched on as his side fell two behind in the first half
Anderson had the final say and West Ham will look to carry their momentum forward
Yarmolenko missed at the near post and Amos beat out a free-kick from Snodgrass before Anderson scored the third.
Light relief for Moyes and those above him in the boardroom but it is Arsenal next, on Saturday, the first in a formidable sequence of Premier League fixtures.
Wolves, Leicester, Spurs, Man City and Liverpool will follow, and a Carabao Cup third round tie at Leeds or Hull.
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