David Moyes has revealed that he is hopeful that West Ham United forward Said Benrahma can be “really important” for them this season.

It was Newcastle who struck first against West Ham at St James’ Park. Allan Saint-Maximin got the better of Declan Rice before he found Callum Wilson in the penalty area. His strike partner made no mistake as he headed home.

West Ham levelled in the 18th minute. This came as Aaron Cresswell’s cross went all the way in past Freddie Woodman.


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Newcastle were the better side in the first half and they deservedly retook the lead before the break. Jacob Murphy got it as he converted Matt Ritchie’s precise cross.

West Ham hit their stride in the second half as they scored three goals in 13 minutes to take control of the game.

Benrahma headed in at the back post to grab only his second Premier League goal for the Hammers. Ten minutes later, they were awarded a penalty as Murphy brought down Pablo Fornals.

Antonio stepped up but his attempt was well kept out by Woodman. This did not matter in the end though as Tomas Soucek was there to convert the rebound.

The striker made up for his penalty miss a few minutes later. He finished off a clinical West Ham counter-attack after Benrahma let him loose on the Newcastle goal. The hosts were unable to mount a late fight back as it finished 4-2. 

Moyes was asked about the performance in an interview with BBC Sport post-match. He was pleased that his side “showed a lot of character” to come from behind:

“I really enjoyed it, I thought we played well in the first half and if you come here in front of 50,000 supporters and go a goal down after three minutes, we showed a lot of character,” Moyes.

“We gave Newcastle a bit of a leg up with the goal before half-time, we did not deserve to go 2-1 behind. We kept at it, the players who performed really well last season have started well this season.

On Benrahma: “We want him to be really important and brought him in with that intention but it sometimes takes players time to settle. We are beginning to see more from him. I liked his goal but his pass for one of the goals was even better.

“We have the capability of a team that can attack and score goals. We have to make sure we don’t concede two everytime because it makes the job more difficult.

“We play the way away like we do at home, I can see an evolution of the team and have a great trust in how they are playing. I was angry with the goals but I thought we played pretty well today.

“Our away support today was terrific and if I was a West Ham fans today seeing four goals it will make the trip down south much easier. We have to try and keep picking up points and stay about the top teams.

“If they play like that, I don’t need anybody else.”





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