Premier League West Ham overcame a huge scare in the FA Cup fourth round as they beat National League North Kidderminster Harriers in extra time.
The Hammers were two minutes away from being the first top-flight team to be knocked out by sixth-tier opposition in the cup’s 151-year history.
Declan Rice levelled after 91 minutes, cancelling out Alex Penny’s opener.
Jarrod Bowen completed the turnaround in the 121st minute.
Hammers strike a cruel blow on Kiddy
The result was incredibly cruel on Kidderminster who led for 72 minutes against the team currently fifth in the Premier League table.
Russell Penn’s side then held out for an additional 30 extra-time minutes and looked set to be heading for penalties.
After an even opening quarter, Penny side-footed home a loose ball following a wide free-kick, sending a packed, boisterous home crowd to fever pitch at Aggborough Stadium.
West Ham, who had eight changes, forced Kidderminster keeper Luke Simpson into a number of smart saves in the second half – but for much of the tie, the Harriers looked the likelier to progress.
England international Declan Rice was brought on in the second period and he stayed composed in the penalty area with seconds remaining, hammering home an equaliser to spare his side from an embarrassing defeat.
It was then one-way traffic in extra time and the Hammers completed their comeback when Bowen tapped in an Aaron Cresswell cross across goal.
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4CameronBooked at 71mins
16BajramiSubstituted forLoweat 112′minutes
8CarringtonSubstituted forMontroseat 71′minutes
10HemmingsSubstituted forWhiteat 101′minutes
7AustinSubstituted forRedmondat 78′minutes
9Morgan-SmithSubstituted forMartinat 105′minutes
23DiopSubstituted forDawsonat 45′minutes
31JohnsonSubstituted forCresswellat 63′minutes
33KrálSubstituted forRiceat 45′minutes
16NobleSubstituted forSoucekat 63′minutes
11VlasicSubstituted forFornalsat 77′minutes
Match ends, Kidderminster Harriers 1, West Ham United 2.
Second Half Extra Time ends, Kidderminster Harriers 1, West Ham United 2.
Attempt saved. Omari Sterling-James (Kidderminster Harriers) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Goal! Kidderminster Harriers 1, West Ham United 2. Jarrod Bowen (West Ham United) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Aaron Cresswell.
Attempt blocked. Andriy Yarmolenko (West Ham United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Pablo Fornals.
Foul by Jarrod Bowen (West Ham United).
Nathan Cameron (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Offside, West Ham United. Aaron Cresswell tries a through ball, but Pablo Fornals is caught offside.
Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Lewis Montrose.
Attempt missed. Keith Lowe (Kidderminster Harriers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
Substitution, Kidderminster Harriers. Keith Lowe replaces Geraldo Bajrami.
Offside, West Ham United. Saïd Benrahma tries a through ball, but Andriy Yarmolenko is caught offside.
Attempt blocked. Declan Rice (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Saïd Benrahma.
Attempt blocked. Pablo Fornals (West Ham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Attempt blocked. Pablo Fornals (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Second Half Extra Time begins Kidderminster Harriers 1, West Ham United 1.
Substitution, Kidderminster Harriers. Keziah Martin replaces Amari Morgan-Smith.
First Half Extra Time ends, Kidderminster Harriers 1, West Ham United 1.
Foul by Kurt Zouma (West Ham United).
Amari Morgan-Smith (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick on the right wing.