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Hammers made to work for win.

WEST Ham were given a fright by a hard-working Macclesfield side and the 3-0 scoreline did an injustice to the Third Division battlers.

West Ham had Jermain Defoe, pictured, to thank for their passage into the fourth round, as he scored a crucial goal just before half-time after the visitors had been put under sustained pressure.

Midway through the second half, Defoe grabbed a second with a superb curling shot from just outside the penalty area and, with tempers still running high, England international Joe Cole jinked into the box before firing into the bottom corner.

Hammers boss Glenn Roeder was full of praise for their doughty opponents.

"Macclesfield were two yards quicker than they usually are, they jumped higher and all credit to them. They did their club and themselves proud.

"Anyone who didn't see it would think at 3-0 that Macclesfield had rolled over, but they didn't do that. They made it very difficult for us, especially in the first half.

"We were under constant pressure at times."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jan 7, 2002
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