Hammers Canter Past Trotters
By Tom Dowsett
Wednesday 20 Sep 2017 14:43:00
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West Ham United are safely through to the fourth round of the Carabao Cup after disposing of Sky Bet Championship side Bolton Wanderers 3-0 in East London on Tuesday night.

Marko Arnautovic made his home debut, as Slaven Bilic made ten changes from the weekend including Adrián, Sam Byram, Angelo Ogbonna, Declan Rice, Arthur Masuaku, André Ayew and Diafra Sakho. 

Club captain Mark Noble returned to the side after suffering a knee injury, while summer recruit Sead Hakšabanovic finally made his first appearance for the Irons since joining in August.

It was thought that the Hammers were drawn against one of the easier teams to make this stage and they proved that within five minutes of the game starting, as Ogbonna met Arnautovic's freekick with his head as he rose above the Trotters defence to power past goalkeeper Mark Howard.

Minutes later the home side should have gone further ahead as Arnautovic continued to be a constant threat seeing a shot well saved by Howard and moments later another effort go narrowly wide direct from a freekick.

West Ham were certainly on top but were guilty of wasting opportunities before Sakho grabbed their second after a clever piece of play from the Austrian international. 

As the first-half drew to a close Ayew went close but his attempt could only hit the side netting. At the other end Phil Parkinson's men saw a header go straight into Adrián's grasp.

The second period started well for the Hammers but as it progressed Bolton had their own spell of pressure. They never really produced an effort worthy of troubling the Spaniard.

Following the visitors' best spell of the match, Bilic made his 
first change as he replaced Hakšabanovic with Nathan Holland just after the hour in an effort to regain momentum.

Bolton worked hard but never looked capable of matching the level of their opponents.

On 71 minutes both teams made changes when the Hammers replaced Sakho with Javier Hernández and Parkinson substituted Craig Noone with Jack Earing.

Minutes after entering the field Hernández went down with what looked like a badly twisted ankle but following a lengthy stoppage he was okay to continue.  

Momentum began to swing back in the hosts' favour in the final qurter of the match as a third change was made when Domingos Quina replaced Noble on 78 minutes.

West Ham still looked comfortable as four minutes of stoppage time were signalled but they did produce the goal of the match when Masuaku's cracker of a shot left Howard helpless.

The final whistle confirmed back to back home wins for the Irons and they will definitely look to make it three on the bounce in Saturday's early kick off against Tottenham Hotspur in their first London derby of the season.

Before then though, they await their opponents for the next round of this competition when the draw is made on Wednesday night.

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