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Fornals gets early strike

Pablo Fornals’ strike against Doncaster at 1 minute and 3o seconds was West Ham’s earliest goal in any competition since Diafra Sakho’s strike against Manchester United in the Premier League back in November 2016 also on 1 minute and 30 seconds.

Yarmolenko played Ryan Fredericks in behind the Doncaster defence inside the penalty area. He took a touch to go past his man before pulling the ball back perfectly for Pablo, who despatched a powerful first-time shot into the bottom left-hand corner to make one-nil within two minutes of kick-off.

Just after the half-hour mark, the Hammers made it two-nil after Said Benrahma played a nice one-two with Pablo Fornals, then slide a perfectly-weighted ball for Yarmolenko, who clips a finish over Balcombe and into the net from about 12 yards.

At half time it is two-nil to the Hammers who look like they are set to proceed to the fifth round of the FA Cup to face either Manchester United or Liverpool.

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I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter