dailymail: West Ham did not demolish transfer records in the hope Sebastian Haller and Felipe Anderson might help them navigate awkward looking cup ties against third tier opposition.
These were the big-money stars meant to propel the club towards the next level, and a future in the Champions League.
Horizons have altered, however, and their paymasters – the Davids, Sullivan and Gold – will have been grateful for the small mercies of goals to beat Charlton, in this Carabao Cup second round duel between East London neighbours at war with their owners.
West Ham took the honours with some degree of comfort thanks to two goals by Haller in the first half and a third, scored late on by Anderson.
David Moyes made 10 changes to the team which started the Premier League campaign in dismal fashion against Newcastle. Only Issa Diop survived to join a parade of expensive misfits and fringe players and they were soon in control.
Haller opened the scoring, midway through the first-half, tapping a simple finish into an empty net after Andriy Yarmolenko burrowed into the penalty area and supplied a low cross.
Charlton’s defenders claimed an offside but referee Andre Marriner, who had already ruled out an effort by Yarmolenko, was prepared to let this one stand. For Haller, it ended a long wait of 199 days for a goal and his second of the tie soon followed.
Again, it was created on the left, this time by Robert Snodgrass, who delivered a sublime cross for the £45million striker to climb above centre-half Deji Oshilaja and power a header past goalkeeper Ben Amos.
Haller, Yarmolenko and Anderson made for a front three who arrived at the London Stadium for a combined sum of £105m.
Ultimately, the collective firepower proved too much for Charlton.
Lee Bowyer’s side were able to settle into a better rhythm once they were two down, and produced more of a goal threat in the second half.
Jonny Williams forced a save from Darren Randolph and Fabian Balbuena almost glanced a header into his own goal, although the home team always appeared likely to extend their lead.
Yarmolenko missed at the near post and Amos beat out a free-kick from Snodgrass before Anderson scored the third.
Light relief for Moyes and those above him in the boardroom but it is Arsenal next, on Saturday, the first in a formidable sequence of Premier League fixtures.
Wolves, Leicester, Spurs, Man City and Liverpool will follow, and a Carabao Cup third round tie at Leeds or Hull.
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