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Sports News of Thursday, 24 August 2017


Andre Ayew scores season's first goal for West Ham to seal Cup progress

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Ghana striker Andre Ayew scored his first goal of the season on Wednesday night to help West Ham beat Cheltenham to reach the Carabao Cup third round.

Fit-again striker Diafra Sakho gave the visitors the lead, latching on to Mark Noble’s through ball.

Andre Ayew added a cool finish into the corner before half-time to seal progress.

Anything but a win would have had Slaven Bilic wondering whether a list of replacements really is being drawn up by West Ham’s board. Thankfully for him, there were no hiccups here.

After back-to-back Premier League losses, West Ham wanted a first win of the season and it arrived at League Two Cheltenham Town.

It was delivered by Diafra Sakho, who scored on his first start since November 2016 following a lengthy injury lay-off, and a strike by Andre Ayew.

Andre Ayew doubled the Hammers’ lead with a low finish to ease West Ham through.

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.

Watch video of the goals below