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Dimitri Payet scores great goal for West Ham: Matthew Pearson reacts

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West Ham United snuck into the fourth round of the League Cup on Wednesday evening thanks to a last-gasp strike from France international Dimitri Payet. 

Deep into stoppage time, the France international struck a wonderful free-kick to dump League Two outfit Accrington Stanley out of the competition. 

Payet, who has had a mixed start to the season following his exploits for France at Euro 2016, came off the bench to hand Slaven Bilic's side a fourth round tie against London rivals Chelsea. 

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The 29-year-old has well and truly established himself as a dead ball specialist over the last year or so and it's fair to say that the West Ham faithful were extremely relieved following his latest free-kick. 

Accrington produced a spirited performance against their Premier League opponents, but there was nothing they could do to stop the winning goal finding the back of the net. 

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In fact, Accrington ace Matthew Pearson reacted somewhat surprisingly to Payet's fine strike. 

As you can see below, Pearson actually opted to applaud Payet's heroics. Pearson must have been frustrated, but you have to applaud him for his act of sportsmanship. 

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Payet praise 

After watching his side advance to the next round, Hammers boss Bilic praised Payet for his "great" goal. 

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"The main thing was to go through," said Hammers boss Bilic, as per Sky Sports. "We expected an easier win, with the greatest respect, and not to have to do it in the last minute.

"We wanted to progress and that's why we brought Dimitri, and Manuel Lanzini and Michail Antonio on.

"We went down to 10 men but we wanted to score before extra time and then, a great moment from a great player. We didn't play good but I thought we deserved to win.

"It was not exactly what we wanted tonight - but it's a win."

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West Ham United
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League Cup
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