No word from David Moyes, who to be fair looked desperate for a hot shower before heading back down south. No matter, though, because Jamie Jackson was at Edgeley Park tonight, and his verdict on the last third-round tie of the weekend has landed! You know what to do: clickity click! Thanks for reading this MBM. Stay safe, dry and warm. Nighty night!
A drenched but philosophical Jim Gannon talks to BT Sport. “They are disappointed in there. But isn’t it a testimony of how they played to come off disappointed to lose the game? We had to hold them out, but did really well, and gave ourselves a chance of getting a goal to win the game, but it was always a stretch for us. The performance showed they’re a cut above this level, and hopefully will show that for the rest of the league season. We were disappointed with our set plays, because they were going to be our opportunities to score, but we tried to play the right game and I think we showed what we are all about. We’re still growing together. We’ve had a really good cup run, so the club is on the right way. It’s a tough year for everyone, but we want to go one better than last season and go for promotion. If they play like they did tonight they’ll have a good chance.”
A grim-faced David Moyes gives Jim Gannon a respectful nod. He knows his team were forced to dig deep for that narrow victory. Stockport look extremely disappointed, understandably so given their efforts, and how close they came to taking West Ham to extra time. West Ham’s goalscoring hero Craig Dawson tells BT Sport it was a “tough game … the pitch was difficult for both sides, but we stuck to our task … it’s been a while since I played on a pitch like that, but we moved the ball well and it was nice to get a goal at the end … it was a great clean sheet.”
Randolph claims a Hail Mary, and the final whistle goes. Craig Dawson’s late header sends the Hammers into the fourth round, where they’ll host Doncaster Rovers. Stockport have to make do with the knowledge that they pushed a Premier League side all the way. Superb at the back, they were undone by one lapse in concentration.
90 min +2: Whatever happens, this has been an heroic effort by fifth-tier Stockport County. And it was probably time for some West Ham success in the head-to-head. They haven’t beaten County since 1958!