West Ham United's Lucas Perez, centre, scores his side's first goal of the game against Cardiff City. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA via AP

Lucas Perez came off the bench to score his first two Premier League goals for West Ham in their 3-1 home win over Cardiff after the visitors had missed a penalty on Tuesday. 

After both sides missed early chances to take the lead, Perez swung the contest West Ham’s way with two quick goals shortly after the break. 

Michail Antonio sealed West Ham’s victory on the hour when he headed home a Robert Snodgrass corner at the near post and Neil Etheridge made several fine saves before Josh Murphy nodded in a stoppage-time consolation for the Bluebirds. 

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini praised Perez, saying: “Lucas played very well. 

“He is a striker so this game with so many players behind the ball is special for him.”

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