West Ham fans had plenty to cheer about last night as their side claimed a 2-0 League Cup win over Cheltenham Town.

Anything less than a comfortable win over the League Two side would have been met with disappointment, but Slaven Bilic’s side delivered exactly what was expected of them, even if their second half performance did not match their first half effort.

Both West Ham goals came within three minutes of each other when Diafra Sakho and Andre Ayew netted just before half-time.

Fans would have liked to have seen further goals to make the game safe but after the break, both defences held firm.

Man of the match was centre-back James Collins, who was making his first Hammers start of the season.

The experienced defender marked his 34th birthday and his 200th West Ham appearance with an excellent display.

The fan favourite, nicknamed the “Ginger Pele”, was lauded for what some described as an old-fashioned display of defending to keep Cheltenham at bay.

Sky Sports reported he had 103 touches of the ball, completed 53 of 68 attempted passes and made 23 clearances to help West Ham keep a clean sheet for the first time this season.

The Welshman began his career with Cardiff City before moving to London to join the Hammers in 2005. During his first spell at the club he made 65 appearances.

He then headed to Aston Villa in 2009 before returning in 2012 and becoming a key member of the London side’s defence.

Bilic has so far this season preferred Jose Fonte, Angelo Ogbonna and Winston Reid to Collins although with Reid out injured, the Wales international may now see more game time.

If the reaction of the West Ham fans to last night’s performance is anything to go by, that would certainly be a popular move.

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