CRAIG DAWSON supplied the late spark simply when the evening threatened to show into a moist squib for West Ham.
The sport towards non-league Stockport bizarrely needed to be halted within the first half as native residents set off fireworks behind one of many targets.
Craig Dawson scored West Ham’s winner after 83 minutesCredit score: Reuters
Declan Rice and Mark Noble regarded to the sky in the course of the grim first halfCredit score: AFP
The spotlight of the primary half was the fireworks erupting over the stadiumCredit score: BT Sport
However in nearly inconceivable circumstances, the spirited resistence by Jim Gannon’s males lastly fizzled out seven minutes from time.
Dawson – who started his profession with close by minnows Radcliffe Borough – obtained on the top of a cross from sub Jarrod Bowen to place the Hammers in spherical 4.
Because the Premier League was based, a prime flight membership has misplaced to a non-league group on solely two events.
Nonetheless this one appeared to have all of the elements for an upset with Gannon’s Hatters flying excessive within the Nationwide League.
It was additionally a dirty evening in Better Manchester – and the pitch was soaking after a day of rain. It was onerous to think about the Hammers fancying this one bit.
But David Moyes’ males settled nicely with Declan Rice controlling the early levels and a cross from him landed properly for Stated Benrahma.
He labored a gap for himself however then bent his shot towards the bottom of the put up with keeper Ben Hinchcliffe overwhelmed.
The Hatters reaching the 15 mark on degree phrases was the cue for a spectacular firework show behind Darren Randolph’s aim.
Boyhood Hammers fan and Stockport supervisor Jim Gannon was pissed off by his aspect’s wasteful set itemsCredit score: Reuters
The rain didn’t cease falling for 90 minutesCredit score: Rex Options
It had been organised by native residents to attract consideration to the street accident which left a 15 12 months previous boy critically injured over Christmas.
Amid the racket, referee Mike Dean determined to cease play till the show was over.
In reality it was extra spectacular than what was taking place on the pitch with the Hatters protecting their opponents at arms size.
Possibly Randolph had been affected by what was occurring behind him as he mis-judged a nook however was revealed to see his defenders bail him out.
It was 1 / 4 of a century in the past that Stockport dumped West Ham out of the League Cup – it was simply beginning to seem like one other upset may very well be on the playing cards.
The groups knew earlier than kick-off that the winners would face Doncaster in spherical 4 – with a tie towards Manchester United or Liverpool ready after that.
Little doubt County could be permitting themselves dreaming of the brief journey to Outdated Trafford – the Hammers perhaps not a lot.
West Ham took 32 minutes to register their first shot on course as Manuel Lanzini shot from distance and Hinchcliffe obtained down nicely to avoid wasting.
It was a turgid affair for probably the most half on a really soggy pitchCredit score: Reuters
Prem ref Mike Dean comforted Hammers captain Noble who regarded considerably afraid of the loud fireworksCredit score: BT Sport
However they had been beginning to create possibilities with Matt Kitching getting throughout to disclaim Michail Antonio with a perfectly timed deal with.
The Hammers ahead then noticed a shot delfected extensive with Angelo Ogbonna heading off course from the ensuing nook.
However Stockport regarded a well-organised unit and the guests had been struggling to carve out many clear lower openings.
If something the rain obtained heavier in the course of the interval and the ball was beginning to stick on the moist turf. But it was proving to be an actual leveller.
Rice appealed for a penalty after he surged into the field and the ball appeared to strike an arm however referee Dean was not satisfied.
And having hung in, Stockport started to point out extra ambition with James Jennings linking up properly with Sam Minihan earlier than hitting a goalbound effort that was blocked by Craig Dawson.
On the different finish, Hinchliffe fluffed his clearance straight to the toes of Benrahma however was relieved the Algerian couldn’t loop his lengthy vary effort on course.
Wayne Rooney’s brother John then shanked his clearance straight up within the air and Hinchliffe didn’t take care of it.
However simply because the Hatters regarded set to hold on for additional time, sub Jarrod Bowen hung up a cross from the appropriate and Dawson obtained there first to go residence.