Bristol Metropolis produced an FA Cup upset as 10-man West Ham have been overwhelmed 1-0 in a third-round replay at Ashton Gate.
Tommy Conway’s equaliser on the London Stadium 9 days earlier had arrange this return tie and the 21-year-old striker was the Robins’ hero once more as his early objective proved the distinction.
West Ham, sixth within the Premier League, suffered additional distress as Mentioned Benrahma was despatched off after 51 minutes for reacting stupidly to a robust problem from Joe Williams, who had earlier escaped a crimson card for a robust problem on Danny Ings.
On there being no VAR within the recreation, West Ham boss David Moyes mentioned: “It is unbelievable they name it one of the best cup competitors on the planet. But one week you may have VAR, one week you do not.
“I discover it fairly ridiculous they attempt to declare that, nevertheless it’s not degree for each membership. If we’re not having VAR we should not have it within the event in any respect. If we’ll have it, then have it in all places.”
Bristol Metropolis, 14th within the Sky Wager Championship, will once more meet top-flight opposition within the fourth spherical ought to Nottingham Forest efficiently negotiate their replay at Blackpool on Wednesday.
How Robins dumped West Ham out
West Ham boss David Moyes was quick on attacking choices with Jarrod Bowen, Lucas Paqueta and Michail Antonio injured and Ghana’s Mohammed Kudus away on the Africa Cup of Nations.
Ings, strongly linked with a transfer to Wolves this January, began for the primary time since November alongside Benrahma and Maxwel Cornet.
West Ham have been down on numbers and three present academy gamers occupied a bench one wanting taking on its full allocation of 9 substitutes.
Bristol Metropolis started with 9 of the aspect that began the 1-1 attract East London and Conway was on the scoresheet once more inside three minutes after West Ham had wasted a golden opening – Cornet overhitting a go with Ings clear by.
The motion instantly switched to the opposite finish the place Konstantinos Mavropanos’ mistake allowed Conway to spherical Lukasz Fabianski and make mild of a good angle by rolling the ball dwelling.
Anis Mehmeti despatched a 20-yard effort over however the Hammers step by step asserted authority with Max O’Leary’s objective coming underneath rising menace.
Ings was off beam from the sting of the field, Mavropanos failed to attach with James Ward-Prowse’s free-kick when contact would absolutely have levelled issues and Cornet was denied by a last-gasp Cameron Pring problem.
Cornet, making solely his second begin of the season, underlined his rustiness additional by miskicking in entrance of objective, whereas Pring was vigilant to show away Ings’ effort near the road.
Bristol Metropolis had defended for many of the half, however the hosts burst into life within the ultimate minute.
Mehmeti’s low effort examined Fabianski at his close to put up and the veteran goalkeeper was referred to as upon from the ensuing nook to collect Ross McCrorie’s header.
Life obtained much more troublesome inside six minutes of the restart when Benrahma kicked out at Williams after being fouled.
Referee Darren England took his time to resolve the punishment as Benrahma obtained remedy, however the Algerian was finally banished when again on his toes.
Tempers boiled over once more as Taylor Gardner-Hickman and Aaron Cresswell have been booked after grappling with one another.
West Ham virtually equalised after Ings and Emerson mixed and Cornet crossed for Tomas Soucek to power O’Leary into a superb reflex cease from shut vary.
Substitute Nakhi Wells practically doubled Bristol Metropolis’s lead, however the Robins held on for a well-known victory and residential followers celebrated as if they’d gained the cup itself.
Manning: We will get higher
Bristol Metropolis boss Liam Manning:
“Throughout the 2 legs the efficiency degree was actually excessive. We obtained off to an awesome begin which at all times helps, however there’s an actual hazard while you’re one forward to attempt to shield that lead.
“However we confirmed an actual bravery to attempt to play and press. We tried to remain on the entrance foot and I assumed we have been wonderful. I used to be actually pleased with the lads as a result of we maintained that degree of focus you want in opposition to opposition like that.”
“I truly suppose we are able to enhance and get somewhat bit higher. We had a disappointing efficiency and end result in opposition to Preston. It’s the problem now, how do we discover the consistency within the league? The lads have proven they will do it in opposition to Premier League opposition.”
Moyes: No complaints over Benrahma crimson
West Ham boss David Moyes:
“I am upset. A number of issues did not go for us tonight however general upset. We had one or two alternatives, particularly within the first half. Some good issues however not sufficient to win the sport.
“It’s a blow as a result of we’d have preferred to have been within the cup however we have now Europe to look ahead to in March and we’re in a very good place within the league, however we’re upset to exit.”
“We must always have gained the sport at London Stadium and carried out the job higher. That is what occurs within the cup competitions – in the event you’re not fairly on it, or perhaps not at your greatest, yow will discover your self knocked out.”
On Benrahma’s crimson card: “It made it way more troublesome that is for positive. We have been a objective down already at that time. I’ve had a take a look at it and I do not suppose we are able to have any complaints. I wasn’t positive concerning the sort out on him, which may have been questionable.”
Bristol Metropolis host Watford within the Sky Wager Championship on Saturday; kick-off 3pm.
West Ham go to Sheffield United within the Premier League on Sunday January 21 at 2pm.