It was a harsh lesson for Cardiff about the realities of life at this level. Neil Warnock’s side had seen Lukasz Fabianski keep out Joe Ralls’s penalty when the game was goalless and in the end they were forced to endure the indignity of West Ham strutting around. Even Andy Carroll was joining in the fun as Felipe Anderson led the showboating in the dying stages.
Cardiff, two points above the bottom three, had wasted a chance to claim their first away win. West Ham had lost Marko Arnautovic to a hamstring injury shortly before half-time and were looking vulnerable before Lucas Pérez’s unlikely inspiration gave Manuel Pellegrini his first consecutive Premier League victories this season.