Manuel Pellegrini was pleased with the professional manner in which West Ham treated Macclesfield Town last night, the club’s official website reports.

The Hammers won 8-0 at The London Stadium last night. And Pellegrini liked the fact that West Ham did not underestimate their opponents.

With Macclesfield sitting bottom of League Two, it would have been easy to sit back and try to cruise to victory.

Instead, the Irons were ruthless with a much-changed team and showed desire to win.

The game

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 26: West Ham United’s Grady Diangana after scoring his side’s eighth goal during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between West Ham United and Macclesfield Town at The London Stadium on September 26, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Rob Newell – CameraSport via Getty Images)

West Ham were on top form as they hit eight past a struggling Macclesfield side.

Michail Antonio headed the Hammers ahead before Robert Snodgrass and Lucas Perez scored from close-range.

 

In the second-half, Ryan Fredericks scored a great goal, followed up by Angelo Ogbonna’s header and a second for Snodgrass.

Grady Diangana, 20, scored the seventh and eighth goals of the night to cap a special debut.

Pellegrini’s words

West Ham’s professionalism impressed the manager as they picked up their biggest win since 1983.

Pellegrini told his post-match press conference: “We played with intensity and we tried to continue playing in the same way.

“A lot of the time when you play against a lower league team you don’t play with the same pace, and you think you can walk to victory but we were very professional.

“I talked to the players before the game, and said that it’s up to us to make the difference. You have to play with intensity and you can’t underestimate your rival and for me the best thing we did is that we didn’t underestimate them.”

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