David Moyes was delighted with his players for advancing to the 4th round of the FA Cup and keeping a much needed clean sheet in the process.
West Ham ran out 1-0 winners in a London derby at The Brentford Community Stadium in a match that was dogged by awful weather and pitch conditions which didn’t make for amazing viewing.
It was a match in which Moyes’ troops needed to dig deep and grind out the result, with Said Benrahmas introduction in the second half proving a key turning point in an otherwise dull affair, with the Algerian international adding the much needed fire power to guide West Ham into the next round of the competition.
Potentially more important than the advancement in the FA Cup, was the fact our Hammers claimed a victory, for the first time in 7 games and one that has come off the back of a hard-fought draw away to Leeds in midweek.
It certainly feels like the foundations of a return to form could be getting into place ahead of 2 crucial matches in the Premier League against Wolves and Everton respectively, which arguably West Ham and David Moyes must win both.
Despite the pressure engulfing the club in recent weeks, Moyes was quite-rightly pleased with his side for grinding out the 1-0 win over Brentford, and also paid special mention to Said Benrahma, who scored a screamer having replaced the disappointing Tomas Soucek.
“I said last week in the press conference, someone could do with scoring screamer and Said certainly did that. Really pleased,” admitted Moyes to the press, as reported by Football London.
“I think Said has done this in different games and he’s come on off the bench and been an impact. So much in football, you saw it heavily in the World Cup, how much the substitutes played a part and made a difference. Thankfully, Said did that for us. I could have easily started Said today but we changed the system, but his impact was excellent.”
The Hammers boss of course hopes that the last 2 matches which West Ham are unbeaten will act as a springboard to get the Premier League season on track following a woeful first half of the campaign which sees Moyes’s side currently in a battle to avoid the drop.
“We’ve got something to build on because we’ve had a pretty good week now,” added the Hammers boss. “Went to Leeds, got a draw and it got us moving again today so we have to start somewhere. This was a really tough draw. When you saw this draw in the FA Cup, wow, what a difficult draw. We obviously had them last week in the league as well. We’re thrilled to be through and see if we can have a go at it.
“Us getting our Premier League form and getting our position correct is obviously a big priority.”