Easy night for Premier League side sees them progress with little trouble at Whaddon Road
Two goals in four minutes has the game sewn up and a first win of the season in the bag much to boss Slaven Bilic’s relief.
Andre Ayew scores West Ham’s second
West Ham finally had some good news as they went through to the third round of the Carabao Cup
The latest leg of four away games while London Stadium is put back together after the World Athletics Championship was arguably the most tricky, with a cup tie against League Two opposition in the Cotswolds.
West Ham were officially the home team but used the away dressing room, which just happens to be better than the home one after recent redevelopments.
If it made for a little confusion the Premier League team got it out of their system once they settled down after a sluggish start.
Diafra Sakho scored his first goal since last November and then Andre Ayew weighed in with number two to get West Ham’s place in the third round sorted by half time.
Defender Angelo Ogbonna had a powerful header cleared off the line and Sakho forced Jonathan Flatt to make a last-ditch one-handed save.
Incidentally, Cheltenham’s keeper raised eyebrows by cradling his three month old baby daughter during the line-ups before kick off, even keeping her in his arms when the two sets of players shook hands.
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Diafra Sakho netted West Ham’s first
Slaven Bilic finally had something to celebrate after this win
His handling with his kid was thankfully better than when West Ham got into gear and he was beaten twice in the same place in a short, sharp blast from The Hammers which killed off the match.
Sakho was on the edge of the box when skipper Mark Noble fed a ball to him with his back to goal.
A swift turn and class finish to the right of Flatt who was too slow to react and the ball was snuggled in the bottom corner of the net.
And two minutes before half time, Sakho combined in a one-two with Andre Ayew which let the midfielder in to plant the ball in exactly the same spot.