West Ham 2 Birmingham City 0
Manuel Pellegrini admitted Marko Arnautovic was "angry" at being substituted in the 20th minute, having opened the scoring after just two minutes yesterday.
Arnautovic looked stunned to be taken off but Pellegrini said the Austria forward had indicated that he had hurt his back and was replaced as a precaution. Yet in bizarre scenes, Arnautovic continually shrugged 'why?' as he trudged off, had a lively discussion with Pellegrini on the touchline and stopped in front of the bench to question the medical team before disappearing down the tunnel.
"It's not very important because we won the game and he scored a goal," said Pellegrini. "He felt some pain in his back at the beginning, I thought that it was better to change him because he is just coming off another injury and he played 90 minutes less than 72 hours ago.
"After that he could continue, but I think it was not good to take the risk. He was angry for just one minute, that is it. He wanted to continue. Maybe (he signalled) for the change but after that he felt well. He doesn't have a problem, just some pain in his back and nothing more."
Arnautovic had given West Ham a dream start by reacting quickest to nod home after Angelo Ogbonna's header was parried by Blues goalkeeper Lee Camp.
It took until stoppage time for Andy Carroll, the man who had replaced Arnautovic, to kill off the Championship side when he headed in Michail Antonio's cross. The striker, who will be out of contract in the summer, has been linked with a January move away. But Pellegrini, who also saw Samir Nasri put in a lively debut, said: "He doesn't want to go anywhere."
Paul Lambert blasted his Ipswich side after they suffered a defeat at League One Accrington. Billy Kee struck the winner in the 76th minute as the Championship strugglers were eliminated at this stage of the competition for a ninth successive year.
“It’s not good enough for this club,” said Lambert. “It’s a disgrace what has happened here to a big club.
“The club is in a bad patch, it is not a bed of roses, and I won’t put up with it and will make changes in the transfer window.
“I need half a dozen players and have been chatting to a couple. I need players who know what is needed to play in the Championship. Players need to step up to the plate.”
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