Carabao Cup
Newport County 0-2 West Ham United 

Tuesday, 27th August 2019
by Chris Wilkerson

West Ham United weathered the storm of energy and enthusiasm of lower league opponents Newport County to take away a 2-0 win and safe passage to round three of the Carabao Cup.

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Player Ratings

Roberto Jimenez Gago
Did everything he had to very well, although he was never really tested. His handling was particularly good, holding difficult crosses and shots.

Pablo Zabaleta
Untroubled, really, but as ever a little slow in attack.

Aaron Cresswell
Comfortable, with a good pass to Fornals in the first half and a good deep cross to Snodgrass. Looked alive when Anderson had the ball.

Issa Diop
Similar to Balbuena for the most part, but he looked uncomfortable one-on-one with Abraham and again was too easily muscled off the ball, which led to Newport?EUR(TM)s best chance.

Fabian Balbuena
Defended well, in general, making a good number of clearances.

Carlos Sanchez
One big mistake let him down, leading to a big Newport chance in the second half. Otherwise, he was solid, proactive when necessary but held his position well and certainly made sure the pressure stayed on late in the game as he ensured no clearances became counter attacks.

Jack Wilshere
Didn?EUR(TM)t always work in the first half, but it was the kind of game where Wilshere in the middle of the park worked. He seemed to be constantly carrying the ball forward, looking for quick passes or movement ahead of him. Reacted really well to win possession for his goal and finished excellently. Where Noble passes, Jack often carries the ball. Positive being that he?EUR(TM)s available for passes in the move going forward, but negative in that he?EUR(TM)s lost further forward when moves break down. A slight conundrum.

Robert Snodgrass
Not poor by any means, but slightly ineffective. Made poor decisions out wide and the right wing felt functional with him and Zabaleta.

Pablo Fornals
Missed a big chance and floated around aimlessly at times, but really good work for his goal. Still seems a little bit off where he needs to be, lacking some sharpness.

Michail Antonio
Cruel injury could be very costly as he?EUR(TM)s brought life to West Ham in the league.

Albian Ajeti
Promising signs. Neat touches, alive in the box on the deck and in the air, didn?EUR(TM)t look outmuscled or like he was going to just float around the box and wait for service.


Felipe Anderson
(Replaced Antonio) The best player on the pitch, he took control and was a bit too much for his opponents. The control he brought gave West Ham an edge they were lacking early on.

Conor Coventry
(Replaced Wilshere) His ten minute spell was nearly a disaster, had Sheehan rifled the ball into the back of the net after the young sub?EUR(TM)s mistake. Something to learn from.

Lukasz Fabianski
Did not play.

Ben Johnson
Did not play.

Angelo Ogbonna
Did not play.

Declan Rice
Did not play.

Sebastien Haller
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Roberto Jimenez Gago, Pablo Zabaleta, Aaron Cresswell, Issa Diop, Fabian Balbuena, Carlos Sanchez, Jack Wilshere, Robert Snodgrass, Pablo Fornals, Michail Antonio, Albian Ajeti.

Goals: Jack Wilshere 43 Pablo Fornals 65                .

Booked: None.

Sent off: None.

Newport County: Townsend, Haynes, Howkins, O'Brien, McNamara, Willmott (Collins 81), Dolan (Bennett 64), Sheehan, Amond, Whitely (Maloney 64), Abrahams.

Subs not used: King, Leadbitter, Ekpiteta, Inniss.

Goals: .

Booked: .

Sent off: None.

Referee: Stephen Martin.

Attendance: 6,382.

Man of the Match: Felipe Anderson.