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West Ham sub Lucas Perez pounces on rare opportunity to double up against Cardiff

Luc who it is: Perez shows his name after his second goal PICTURE: GETTY

West Ham 3-1 Cardiff

SUBSTITUTE Lucas Perez struck a rare brace as West Ham downed Cardiff to secure back-to-back league wins for the first time this season.

Hammers keeper Lukasz Fabianski saved a first-half penalty from Joe Ralls before Perez, who had replaced the injured Marko Arnautovic, netted a brace of quickfire goals at the London Stadium.

Michail Antonio added a third to ensure a miserable evening for Neil Warnock, who became the fourth manager to take charge of a Premier League game aged 70-plus — after Sir Bobby Robson, Sir Alex Ferguson and Roy Hodgson. His Cardiff side wasted the chance to take the lead after Arnautovic shoved Junior Hoillett, but Fabianski got down to deny Ralls.

The Pole has now saved each of his last three penalties faced in the Premier League, having saved just two of his previous 19 in the competition.

Fabianski followed up with another good save to keep out Victor Camarasa’s free-kick but West Ham took control in the second half.

Spaniard Perez turned in from close range for his first goal and then met Arthur Masuaka’s cross for his second minutes later. It was all over as a contest just past the hour when Antonio headed home a Robert Snodgrass corner.

Josh Murphy netted a very late consolation for Cardiff.