Haller at the double as Hammers ease past Charlton

West Ham United 3-0 Charlton Athletic

WEST HAM UNITED put their recent troubles to one side by making Carabao Cup progress at the expense of Sky Bet League One outfit, Charlton Athletic, at the London Stadium.

The Hammers had the ball in the net early on. Andriy Yarmolenko forcing home from close range – referee, Andre Marriner, deciding Addicks stopper, Ben Amos, had been impeded during the initial melee.

Robert Snodgrass was too high with the Hammers next meaningful attempt. Meanwhile, Sebastien Haller should have broken the deadlock – scuffing wide of an upright after Ben Johnson had skilfully fashioned an opening.

But a West Ham goal looked on the cards – Yarlomenko found some room to the right of the goal, drilling across to Haller who made no mistake, sliding home from five yards.

And within three minutes it was two. This time Haller supplied a powerful header following a pinpoint centre from Robert Snodgrass – Amos left clutching thin air as the ball fizzed high into the net.

Alfie Doughty warmed Darren Randolph’s palms, while former Colchester and Orient man, Macaulay Bonne was a whisker away from a telling contact after Doherty had scurried down the left and delivered low across the face of goal.

Amos stuck out his left-foot to divert Arthur Masuaku’s angled drive behind – Masuaku off target from resulting flag-kick as the home side continued to dominate ahead of the interval.

Immediately after the restart, Charlton enjoyed their best spell. Substitute, Chuks Aneke, perhaps should have done better – Randolph blocking his tame attempt after he’d wriggled clear. Soon after, the Republic of Ireland keeper earned his corn again – this time diving to his right to claw out Jonny Williams’ thumping strike.

Yarmolenko was off target as the home side attempted to reaffirm their earlier superiority, but Charlton had found their feet – Aneke again going close with an angled effort after Williams had worked an opening.

But Charlton failed to capitalise on their spell. Amos pushed aside a dead-ball effort from Snodgrass. Then, ten minutes from time, Felipe Anderson fired low beyond Amos after Manuel Lanzini had teed him up.

David Moyes handed Harrison Ashby his debut – the 18-year-old Scotsman replacing Johnson for the final stages. Meanwhile, Deji Oshilaja denied Haller a hat-trick with a timely interception in stoppage-time.

West Ham United return to Premier League action on Saturday, September 19 when they face Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium (8pm).

West Ham United: Darren Randolph, Fabian Balbuena (Capt), Andriy Yarmolenko, Felipe Anderson, Manuel Lanzini, Robert Snodgrass (Conor Coventry 84’), Sebastien Haller, Issa Diop, Arthur Masuaku, Ben Johnson (Harrison Ashby 84’), Josh Cullen Subs not used: David Martin (GK), Pablo Fornals, Jarrod Bowen, Xande Silva, Ajibola Alese

Booked: Ben Johnson (foul), Arthur Masuaku (foul)
Goals: Sebastien Haller 22, 25, Felipe Anderson 80

Charlton Athletic: Ben Amos, Ben Purrington, Deji Oshilaja, Jonny Williams (Conor Washington 77’), Macauley Bonne (Chuks Aneke 46’), Darren Pratley (Capt) (Alex Gilbey 77’), Alfie Doughty, Erhun Oztumer, Dylan Levitt, George Lapslie, Charlie Barker Subs not used: Ashley Maynard-Brewer, Jake Forster-Caskey, Albie Morgan, James Vennings

Booked: None
Goals: None

Referee: Andre Marriner
Assistants: Scott Ledger and Simon Long
Fourth Official: Graham Scott

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Brian Jeeves

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