10:30 PM: Unfortunately, we were unable to hear from Macclesfield manager Yates as he didn’t show for his post-match press conference, which brings an end to our coverage here at London Stadium, on the night where West Ham thrashed Macclesfield Town 8-0 in the Carabao Cup.
Antonio put the Hammers ahead before half-time, that lead was then doubled by Snodgrass, Perez tripled it, just before the break. After half-time, Fredericks, Snodgrass again, Ogbonna and Diangana (twice) struck to give the Irons their biggest victory this century.
Next up for Pellegrini’s men will be Saturday’s visit of Manchester United to London Stadium, while the Silkmen will get back to the grind of their early League Two relegation battle. Also on Saturday, is the Carabao Cup Round Four draw, when Hammers will find out who their club will be facing in the next round.
Thank you very much to everyone that has joined us on this historic night for West Ham, especially to those of you that have been with us for the full five or so hours. We hope to be back live blogging once more in the close future and that you can be with us on that date, too. I’ve been your Host Reporter Luke Glanville live from London Stadium, thank you and goodnight.
On Sanchez’ Injury:
“We’ll see tomorrow, he had some pain in his knee.”
More On Young Players And Diangana:
“I also like young players to play in the first-team.”
“He must improve a lot of things if he wants to be a top player.”
On Developing West Ham’s Youth:
“One of the things I asked was to work with the U23 players in the same training ground.”
“We need all 23 players that are in the squad.”
On The Performance Of Diangana:
“Every ball he had was a danger to Macclesfield.”
“I’m pleased for him, the only thing I demand from a young player is to take that option.”
On The Thumping Victory:
“It was a good win.”
10:02 PM: Home boss Pellegrini has arrived to speak to us, live quotes to follow………………….
9:50 PM: We have arrived down here in the Press Conference Room, ready to hear from both managers, when they get here, we will have live quotes for you…………………..
9:40 PM: The full-time whistle blows to cheers here at London Stadium, where the Hammers have cored a remarkable 8-0 victory to progress to Round Four of the Carabao Cup. Stay on this Live Blog for reaction from both managers.
9:34 PM: Full-time: West Ham United 8-0 Macclesfield Town.
90: 23,833 in tonight, here at London Stadium.
88: Corner for the Hammers as the Silkmen flick a cross over.
87: West Ham are quite happy to keep it and pass it around, for the moment.
85: Hammers throw on the near side, in a good position.
84: What a night this truly is for West Ham, can they get more?
82: Diangana gets his second in similar fashion, slotting under the ‘keeper from close-range, it’s eight, let that sink in, eight!
82: GOAL!!!! West Ham United 8-0 Macclesfield Town.
80: The visitors get a sight of goal, but captain Fitzpatrick smashes over.
79: The Hammers are trying to extend their lead, to no avail, currently.
77: Just 13 minutes remain, 7-0.
76: The Silkmen looked to have stemmed the flow of West Ham goals.
75: Fredericks bursts forward, but he can’t be picked out.
73: The same result as last time, overhit and out for a goal-kick.
72: The away side have won themselves a free-kick in a good area.
71: Powell attacks the left and has a go, smashing it over.
70: Perez does well to win a throw in a decent area!
69: The visitors have a free-kick, which flies straight out of play.
68: Meanwhile, Lowe has been replaced by Welch-Hayes for the visitors.
66: He’s deserved that! It’s the youngster Diangana, twisting and turning to finish past O’Hara, what a night this is turning into for West Ham!
66: GOAL!!!! West Ham United 7-0 Macclesfield Town.
65: Little to report as the Silkmen keep the ball for their longest period of the match.
63: Just over! Cresswell lines one up and volleys inches over the crossbar!
62: Yet one more debut! Antonio is replaced by Joe Powell for Pellegrini.
61: You can only see the Hammers scoring more here, their record win is 10-0, stay with us!
60: Snodgrass gets his second, slotting home after Fredericks’ cross, are we about to see records broken?!
60: GOAL!!! West Ham United 6-0 Macclesfield Town.
59: Antonio steps inside and strikes one, a Macclesfield body is in the way to block.
57: Coventry looks for Antonio, too much on the pass, goal-kick, the away side replace Smith and Napa with Blissett and Arthur.
56: Diangana tries his luck! Not so lucky as the ball sails high and wide, worth a try.
55: Ogbonna meets and heads home Snodgrass’ delivery, FIVE is the number!
54: GOAL!!! West Ham United 5-0 Macclesfield Town.
54: The Irons get another corner, through Fredericks’ pressing.
53: The visitors get a shot on target through Whitaker, however, it’s easy for Adrian, 4-0.
51: What a strike that is! Fredericks finds space on the right and smashes the ball into the far top corner! It’s four!
51: GOAL!!!!! West Ham United 4-0 Macclesfield Town.
50: Snodgrass’ delivery is good, but the Silkmen can deal with it.
50: The first corner of the half is won by Antonio.
48: Close! Perez is slipped in and O’Hara comes out to clear, Cresswell tries his luck, but the United youngster is back to save.
47: Early Hammers pressure comes to nothing.
46: Another West Ham debut this evening, Academy star Coventry has replaced Obiang at half-time!
46: Perez gets the second period underway, here we go!
8:46 PM: A quick pie in the Press Lounge at half-time and we are back to bring you this second half live, the Hammers led by three at the break, will they be able to add to that advantage, in booking their place in the next round of the Carabao Cup?
8:33 PM: Half-time: West Ham United 3-0 Macclesfield Town.
45: Ogbonna sees his header cleared off the line as two minutes are added on.
45: Great work from Antonio to win West Ham another corner.
44: Cresswell gets down the left once more, but this time, his cross goes straight out for a goal-kick.
42: It very nearly was more! Diangana was inches away from turning in Perez’s scuffed shot, he would have deserved that strike.
41: It’s not even half-time yet! There is still time for more, for the hosts.
40: Wonderful work from Cresswell to tee up Perez for his first goal in Claret & Blue, a great volleyed finish, first-time! Game over?
40: GOAL!!!!! West Ham United 3-0 Macclesfield Town.
38: Wonderful from Antonio! He is electric in running free of the defence on the left, giving away a free-kick with a push, when it mattered.
37: Ogbonna denied! The defender sees his header saved from Snodgrass’ cross, the visitors clear and get some respite.
36: The set-piece leads to a West Ham corner.
36: that is followed by a free-kick, in a good position.
35: good pressure from the hosts, who win a throw down below me.
34: One would feel the floodgates have opened for the Irons, here!
32: Snodgrass has his first West Ham goal, stabbing home from close-range after Diangana’s parried effort, the Hammers double their lead!
32: GOAL!!!! West Ham United 2-0 Macclesfield Town.
31: All West Ham since the goal.
30: The Irons continue to press, searching for a second.
29: Rice may not have scored, but he’s got an assist, crossing for Antonio to nod home, the Hammers lead!!
29: GOAL!!! West Ham United 1-0 Macclesfield Town.
28: So close to the opener as Rice’s header is saved!
28: Excellent Snodgrass work sees West Ham win a corner!
26: Almost! Diangana looks to flick Cresswell in, there is just too much on the pass.
25: Close! Great play from Diangana allows Snodgrass to cross, it’s just cleared, the dangerous ball.
24: Hammers corner! Fantastic football, there.
23: I’ve got to be honest, the ball has stayed in midfield for the last three or so minutes!
22: Little to report as the score remains 0-0.
20: Wide at the other end, the ball falls for Whitaker, who takes on a volley.
19: Just wide! Antonio cuts in and has a go, missing the target, not by much, though.
17: Big chance for the away side! A long throw comes in and Adrian is forced to save, West Ham scramble clear.
17: It looked a cut on his face, he is OK to continue.
16: Yet another injury concern, this time, it’s Ogbonna.
15: Too easy for O’Hara, first, he punches the delivery and then collects a poor cross, 0-0.
14: A long Hammers passing move ends as Antonio loses it, that looked promising, West Ham come again and have another corner.
13: That will be another corner, good defending in there.
12: I spoke too soon, Perez is played in and wins a corner.
11: It must be said, thing are a little quiet, at the moment.
10: The game can now get back underway.
9: Sanchez finally hobbles off, Rice replaces him, Pellegrini will be hoping that injury is not too severe.
8: Sanchez is down injured in the centre, currently, receiving treatment.
7: The delivery is too deep and Obiang can’t get there, goal-kick.
6: Corner, great play from the hosts wins the first of the game!
5: Antonio crosses, but O’Hara is there to catch, all West Ham.
5: Antonio breaks into the box, strong defending stops him.
4: After the early chance, little action to speak of.
3: A timid but vocal London Stadium crowd, this evening.
2: Wow! Almost a debut goal for Diangana, as he’s slipped in, only to fire just wide.
1: Early pressure for the visitors.
7:45 PM: The game gets underway, here we go!
7:42 PM: The two sides have entered the field to a loud chorus of “Bubbles” and are starting their handshakes, it’s that time!!!!!!!!!!!
7:35 PM: The atmosphere is building and London Stadium is filling up nicely! A reminder that he will have live text commentary for you, as soon as we get underway, just ten minutes to go!
7:30 PM: There’s just time to run you through this evening’s match officials, Craig Pawson, who Hammers will know from being part of the Select Group, which officiates the Premier League, is the referee. Assisting him will be the duo of Lee Betts and Andy Halliday, Chris Kavanagh is the Fourth Official, the VAR is Martin Atkinson, back at FA HQ. His assistant is Harry Lennard.
7:25 PM: With a mere 20 minutes until we get underway in this Carabao Cup encounter, head over to our Twitter page (@WestHamMatters_), to vote in our score predictions poll.
7:20 PM: Both sides are now out to complete their pre-match warm-ups on what is a mild evening.
7:15 PM: The one Macclesfield player who will have a bit of London Stadium experience is Manchester United loanee goalkeeper Kieran O’Hara, he was in goal for the Red Devils U23s in their Premier League 2 2-4 loss here last season. He will be hoping to not have to pick the ball out of his net so many times, tonight.
7:10 PM: The sky is an eye-catching dark purple as night falls over East London and despite the size of the opposition, we are still expecting a big crowd and atmosphere, this evening.
7:05 PM: What a night it promises to be for Irons debutant Grady Diangana, the youngster has been impressing for the club’s U23s for some time now and finally has his reward, a competitive first-team start, will he shine under the London Stadium lights?
7:00 PM: To elaborate more on the Silkmen’s team news, it was a surprise to see them leave danger man Wilson on the substitutes bench, but there are plenty of players starting that can cause West Ham some problems, Smith and Napa come to mind.
6:55 PM: Here is this evening’s full teamsheet, kick-off is now under an hour away!
6:50 PM: That’s a full eight changes by Manuel Pellegrini, from the Irons’ draw with Chelsea here on Sunday afternoon. Coming into the side are Adrian, Fredericks, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Sanchez, Snodgrass, Diangana and Perez, they replace Fabianski, Zabaleta, Balbuena, Masuaku, Rice, skipper Noble, Anderson and Yarmolenko.
Full teamsheet, featuring the away side’s starting Xl, coming right up………………..
6:45 PM: West Ham United starting Xl to face Macclesfield Town: Adrian (GK & C), Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Sanchez, Obiang, Snodgrass, Diangana, Antonio, Perez.
Substitutes: Fabianski (GK), Masuaku, Balbuena, Rice, Coventry, Powell, Yarmolenko.
6:40 PM: The Macclesfield players are checking out their surroundings on the pitch down below me, they sit rock bottom of Sky Bet League Two. Few will be holding out hope for them tonight, though, if it does go to penalties, they will be feeling confident, having won three shootouts this season, two of which were in this competition.
6:35 PM: Team news is now just ten minutes from landing here in Stratford, a blend of youth and experience is expected from the home side, while the visitors will be putting as strong of an Xl as they can on the table, looking to cause a classic cup upset.
6:30 PM: The Stunning London Stadium scene is set as the Sun sets on a glorious day in East London, we have now made our way up to the Press Box.
6:20 PM: It was club legend Brian Deer, and the former Irons star, who shared the dressing room with the likes of Bobby Moore and Geoff Hurst, is feeling confident in his team.
Brian Dear: West Ham United: 2/3-0 Macclesfield Town.
6:15 PM: Now, you may remember earlier that I promised at least one score prediction from a former West Ham star, and I have delivered on that promise, I will be revealing who that is in five minutes, but first, here’s mine.
Luke Glanville: West Ham United 2-0 Macclesfield Town.
6:10 PM: To pass the time while we wait for team news, which is due in just over half-an-hour, why not check out our Match Preview to get you up the speed on tonight’s encounter, simply click on the link.
6:05 PM: So, now that food matters have been well and truly attended to, it’s time to turn our attention to the real reason we are all here at London Stadium, this evening, the match itself.
Hammers back-up goalkeeper Adrian San-Miguel, who is likely to start ahead of Lukasz Fabianski, is the matchday programme cover star, will he be able to keep a clean sheet against the lowest-ranked team in the Football League?
6:00 PM: For afters, it was a lovely lemon tart, although we haven’t got a photo of this one, it was so nice, I ate it before I could snap one.
5:55 PM: A delicious chicken curry for dinner here in the Press Lounge, they do treat us well at London Stadium.
5:50 PM: Here is what this evening’s match Accreditation looks like, I will be bringing you live text commentary from my usual B1 position in the London Stadium Press Box.
5:46 PM: Good evening from a very sunny London Stadium, where we have arrived to bring you live and exclusive build-up, text commentary and reaction from tonight’s Carabao Cup Round Three clash between West Ham United and Macclesfield Town. I’m your Host Reporter Luke Glanville and you can follow me on Twitter @Glanville_Luke and the site, @WestHamMatters_.
I can assure you that you’ve come to the right place for your coverage of tonight’s cup tie on what is an exciting and historic night here in East London, with the Hammers playing a match where VAR (Video Assistant Referee) is active and in use, for the first time. Kick-off between the hosts and the Silkmen is 7:45 PM BST, around two hour’s time. One hour from now, we will be bringing you the first we hear about team news. But, stick with us between now and then as we will have plenty of exclusive build-up for you, including some score predictions from the ex-Hammers and journalistic personalities that surround us, here in the London Stadium Press Lounge, go nowhere.