Craig Dawson’s 83rd-minute header was enough for West Ham to seal a 1-0 victory over non-league Stockport FC in the FA Cup third round.
As the result would suggest, Moyes’ side did not make it easy for themselves. Having left it late to score, a classic cup upset was looking more likely by the minute.
Stockport put up an impressively resilient display and will be disappointed to not have at least taken the Hammers to extra time.
West Ham, however, will feel relieved that they survived and are moving on to Doncaster Rovers in the 4th round.
Here are three things we learned about West Ham from the game…
Moyes cares about the cup
Cup competitions have been points of frustration for West Ham fans in years gone by. Fans felt that Manuel Pellegrini did not show much respect to the cups, often fielding B teams.
David Moyes, however, said in his pre-match press-conference, “Nothing would give me more pleasure than winning the cup.” [Evening Express].
Moyes backed up his claim by selecting a really strong team consisting almost entirely of first-team players.
It’s yet another indication that Moyes is winning over fans and making a long-term contract more inevitable.
Craig Dawson continues to silence his critics
When Dawson joined on loan from Watford on the last day of the summer transfer window, fans sniggered and rolled their eyes.
The signing was even ridiculed by other fans and some Watford supporters expressed their delight in getting rid of him.
However, since making his first-team debut, Dawson (paired with Angelo Ogbonna and occasionally Aaron Cresswell) has helped keep three clean sheets in three games and scored a match-winning goal.
Originally used to rest Fabian Balbuena, Dawson has made a compelling case for him to be in ahead of the Paraguayan.
Said Benrahma can’t do it on a cold, wet night in Stockport
The skilful Algerian winger has played well in all of his Premier League appearances and even started Monday night’s game well.
However, after hitting the post in the 6th minute, Benrahma did not play up to his normal level.
A series of misplaced passes and unsuccessful dribbles summed up Benrahama’s night, as he looked increasingly frustrated, cold and muddy.
West Ham fans will hope the Algerian was just having a bad day at the office.
West Ham will now face Doncaster Rovers in the 4th round and the winner of that tie will play the winner of Man United vs Liverpool.
In other West Ham news, Ogbonna showed off his defensive might in the 1-0 win against Stockport on Monday.