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‘A big priority’ – Moyes identifies the nearest priority and hails the player who ‘makes the difference’

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, writes the WestHamWay.

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.”