West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini says he was pleased with his side’s patience after they secured a 3-1 win at Wimbledon on Tuesday. The Hammers suffered an early blow when going behind to a Joe Pigott header before Wimbledon’s Rod McDonald was sent off after 18 minutes for a second yellow card offense.
West Ham took their time in breaking down the League 1 side but eventually goals from Issa Diop, Angelo Ogbonna and Javier Hernandez secured the victory and progression to the Carabao Cup third round.
After a tough start in the Premier League, Pellegrini was pleased to get his first win as West Ham boss and feels the players deserve great credit for holding their nerve after going behind.
He said: “I was worried because you play against these teams that defend really well and then you are losing 1-0 in the first minutes, after working the whole week not to suffer those kinds of goals.
“The best thing the team did tonight was that we kept calm – we continued moving and creating space.
“It’s important to win. If we lose this game, that’s another consequence – it’s very important. We need to continue working and I hope on Saturday we can have our first victory in the Premier League.”