West Ham’s match with Macclesfield was always a mismatch on paper. But how many times have we seen underdogs stun big-hitters when they get out onto the grass?
Mark Yates’ side are struggling badly in League Two, bottom of the division without a win. Manuel Pellegrini’s mini-revival made West Ham even more overwhelming favourites.
But it’s still a case of going out and doing the job; especially when the majority of the side that played had not been regulars this season, especially in recent weeks.
It would have been easy for complacency to set in, but it didn’t. As a result, Hammers fan were treated to a thumping and a rare stress-free evening. But where does the margin of victory rank historically?
Biggest win for 25 years
It wasn’t just the biggest win of the EFL Cup so far, by some distance. The thrashing was also the Hammers’ biggest victory since 1983.
Back then, they saw off Bury 10-0 in the same competition. To rack up a greater margin of victory than they have in half a decade shows just how impressive last night’s performance was from Pellegrini’s men.
They have made a mark on history somewhat, not just qualified for the next round of a competition that represents their best chance of silverware this season.