It took a Dimitri Payet free kick deep into stoppage time to secure a 1-0 win for West Ham United against Accrington Stanley in the third round of the EFL Cup on Wednesday.
The win over the League Two side broke a four-game losing streak for the Hammers in all competitions. Payet found the back of the net with a free kick in the 96th minute. Manager Slaven Bilic wasn’t that impressed with their performance against Accrington, but was happy to keep a clean sheet and pick up the win.
“It wasn’t a great performance, but we are through,” Bilic said. “We wanted to give a chance to the players who had not played much football. In the first half, we controlled the game and had a couple of chances, but wasted a couple of opportunities to go one-against-one with the goalkeeper.
“In the second half, we put three players on because we wanted to win this game and it was a different half as we created far more chances, but when you play better all of a sudden their goalkeeper made three or four world-class saves.
“Then, to make things worse we were reduced to ten men when Arthur Masuaku was injured because we had made three changes. When he went off we were still dominant and continued to create the chances and we got the great free-kick from Dimi.
“The most important thing is that we won the game and only by winning games, especially with clean sheets, will we get the confidence back that is obviously missing at the moment. It is logical after the last couple of weeks and it’s only with wins that we’ll get it back.”
West Ham will take on Chelsea in the fourth round of the EFL Cup.