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The FA Cup is always known for springing surprises and it was West Ham who were at the receiving end of an unpleasant one this time as League One strugglers AFC Wimbledon inflicted a 4-2 defeat on the Hammers to progress to the fifth round of the competition.
West Ham went into the game as the outright favourites but goals from Kwesi Appiah and Scott Wagstaff saw the Hammers go into the interval two goals down.
Manuel Pellegrini made three changes at halftime, only to see his team go three behind as Wagstaff added his second for the night.
Substitutes Lucas Perez and Felipe Anderson reduced the deficit but the hosts put the final nail in the coffin as Tony Sibbick added a fourth to cap off a major upset.
And Pellegrini claimed that he was not only angry with his team’s lacklustre performance but was also ashamed to have bowed out of the FA Cup, losing to third-tier side Wimbledon.
“Was I angry at half time? Yes of course. I was ashamed of them,” Pellegrini said. “You always want to win but you must reflect that in your attitude not just in your mind,” he added.
“Not one player will go inside the pitch to try and lose. We have a lot of experience in this type of competition where the lowest team plays 100 per cent with attitude and the big team think they are going to win because they have more names.”