LONDON (AFP) – Manuel Pellegrini said he felt “ashamed” of his players during West Ham’s humiliating 4-2 defeat by AFC Wimbledon in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday night.
The Hammers may be 10th in the Premier League and Wimbledon rock bottom of third-tier League One, but that didn’t stop them going 3-0 down in this all-London tie, with Scott Wagstaff scoring twice after Kwesi Appiah’s opener.
West Ham Manager Pellegrini sent on substitutes Lucas Perez and Felipe Anderson after the break, with both players scoring to make it 3-2.
But Wimbledon teenager Toby Sibbick settled the match just moments after coming on by heading in the goal that ended all hope of a Hammers fightback two minutes from time.
“Was I angry at half-time? Yes of course. I was ashamed of them,” said Pellegrini.
“I didn’t expect it, the attitude, playing against a team that sits two divisions below us, but in football, you can lose in two or three balls.
“They started the way we needed to start and when you have such high pace with the quality of the players and we didn’t have the same level,” the Chilean added.
Meanwhile, an elated Sibbick was left savouring one of the best days of his fledgling career as Wimbledon revived memories of the ‘Crazy Gang’ era that saw them win the 1988 FA Cup .
“It is probably one of the highlights for me, scoring against Premier League opposition,” Sibbick told BT Sport.
“We thought we were unlucky in the League Cup (West Ham scored two late goals to beat Wimbledon 3-1 in August) and got our revenge tonight.”
Two-goal hero Wagstaff added, “I thought the boys were excellent. It’s a great win.
“We need to make sure we do that now every week. It’s not been good enough this season from us and we know that.”