West Ham United 3-0 Bolton Wanderers

  • September 19, 2017 | By Chris Mann
  • URL Short URL: http://b-ac.es/06025

Bolton set an unwanted club record on Tuesday, as they suffered a fifth successive defeat without scoring a goal for the first time in their history.

Wanderers were fully aware of their underdog status but made the worst possible start against their Premier League opposition, as Angelo Ogbonna powered a header past Mark Howard from close range inside four minutes.

Diafra Sakho doubled West Ham's advantage just after the half-hour, slotting home from close range, before an outstanding strike from Arthur Masuaku in second-half stoppage-time sealed victory for the hosts as the Trotters crashed out of the Carabao Cup in disappointing circumstances.

Phil Parkinson promised changes to his starting line-up on the eve of the game and was true to his word, making seven alterations to the side that began at Ipswich Town on Saturday.

Of the 11 to have made the cut at Portman Road, only Antonee Robinson, Mark Beevers, Filipe Morais and Craig Noone remained. Andrew Taylor and Dorian Dervite returned from injury to feature alongside Beevers in a three-man defence, while there was also a debut for Jeff King, who was registered with the EFL at the end of last week.

Unfortunately for Wanderers, the opening 45 minutes were all one-way traffic at London Stadium and they got off to the worst possible start as the hosts broke the deadlock inside four minutes.

Having been awarded a free-kick for a foul by Adam Le Fondre on Mark Noble, Marko Arnautovic's delivery into the box picked out an unmarked Ogbonna, who absolutely thundered a bullet header beyond Mark Howard from close range to make it 1-0.

Arnautovic was proving to be a real handful on his home debut for the Hammers and was denied in his attempts to double their lead on 10 minutes, with Howard getting down quickly to make a save, moments before Andre Ayew saw a shot come back off the post with the goalkeeper beaten.

Ayew fired into the side netting as the clock ticked towards the midway point of the half, before Sead Haksabanovic drilled wide from 25 yards as he set his sights on goal.

Arnautovic should have made it two shortly before the half-hour but, having been put clean through on goal, got too much on his chipped attempt and could only watch on as it sailed harmlessly over the crossbar.

The ball was in the net on 31 minutes, though, and Arnautovic was once again the key factor. Having found himself in acres of space down the left-hand side, the Austrian forward rolled the ball across the face of goal where Sakho had the simple task of slotting home from eight yards to make it 2-0 to the Hammers.

Aaron Wilbraham had the ball in the West Ham net five minutes later, only to be denied by an offside flag against Robinson in the build-up, before the same man registered Wanderers' first shot on-target in the latter stages of the half - heading straight into the waiting arms of Adrian - as Parkinson's side went in two-down at the break.

Having been completely outclassed in the opening period, Bolton returned for the start of the second-half having made a substitution - with David Wheater on in place of Dervite.

Wanderers began the half brightly, with Noone twice coming close inside the opening five minutes, while Le Fondre would also soon find himself in shooting territory, only to see a strike charged down on the hour.

Le Fondre worked himself into a dangerous position once more midway through the half, only to see his goalbound strike blocked by Ogbonna, before a lull in the action prompted Parkinson into making two further changes - as Jack Earing and Adam Armstrong came on in place of both Noone and King.

It wasn't until the final five minutes that the game sparked back into life, with Beevers heading straight at Adrian after rising highest to meet a corner from Morais, shortly before Earing saw a fierce strike blocked after Robinson had knocked down a cross from Le Fondre.

With fans heading for the exit at the site of the 2012 Olympic Games, West Ham added a third in stoppage-time, with Masuaku afforded too much time and space on the edge of the Bolton box before picking out the top corner with Howard rooted to the spot.

Defeat for Wanderers, a fifth in succession without scoring, sees them set a new club record as they drop out of the Carabao Cup at the third-round stage.

Parkinson's side return to league action on Saturday, when they play host to Brentford in a potential relegation six-pointer at Macron Stadium.

West Ham United: Adrian, Byram, Rice, Ogbonna, Masuaku, Noble (Quina 77), Kouyate, Ayew, Haksabanovic (Holland 62), Arnautovic, Sakho (Hernandez 70)
Subs Not Used: Hart, Cresswell, Fonte, Antonio
Booked: Holland
Goals: Ogbonna 4, Sakho 31, Masuaku 90+4

Bolton Wanderers: Howard, A Taylor, Beevers, Dervite (Wheater 46), Robinson, Pratley, King (Armstrong 81), Morais, Noone (Earing 71), Le Fondre, Wilbraham
Subs Not Used: Turner, Madine, Brockbank, White
Booked: A Taylor, Pratley

Referee: Simon Hooper
Attendance: 35,806

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