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West Ham's Manuel Lanzini charged with diving

Manuel Lanzini won West Ham a penalty against Stoke City in a 3-0 win. Credit: PA

West Ham's Manuel Lanzini has been charged for diving to win a penalty against Stoke on Saturday, the Football Association has announced.

The 24-year-old Argentine went down when challenged by Erik Pieters and West Ham captain Mark Noble converted from the spot to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.

The decision infuriated Stoke manager Mark Hughes, who is now under even more pressure following the 3-0 home defeat.

Lanzini has until 6pm on Tuesday to respond to the charge, which is officially known as the "successful deception of a match official" - in this case referee Graham Scott.


Bilic backs 'little and large' Carroll and Hernandez

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Slaven Bilic is backing Javier Hernandez and Andy Carroll to form a potent partnership and help turn West Ham's season around.

Carroll made his first appearance in five months against Huddersfield on Monday after recovering from a hip injury and is likely to retain his place for Saturday's game at West Brom.

His return brings into focus the role of Hernandez, who joined from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer and has scored twice in his first four league games.

"Definitely they can play together, they are complementary players," Bilic said.

"That was the plan when we got Hernandez. We didn't buy him just because of that but also one of the reasons why he was great for us was because they are two players that can play with each other.

"The little and large striker, it's not that you don't see that in football anymore, a lot of teams play with two strikers.

"It's maybe not exactly like that but you have Fernando Torres and Antoine Griezmann (at Atletico Madrid). Griezmann is the one who is floating, Torres is the more direct.

"You have that maybe less nowadays but it's not old-fashioned. They can play together."

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