West Ham booked a FA Cup fifth round draw at Manchester United, boss David Moyes’ former club, with a comfortable 2-0 win in the derby.
Jarrod Bowen’s third goal in two games put the Hammers ahead in the first half and Mikhail Antonio headed home the second five minutes after the break.
The Londoners scored back-to-back victories after beating Everton 2-0 to emerge from the last three of the Premier League nine days later and rarely had to go into top gear as they clinched the 19-game run of the League One derby finished undefeated.
West Ham boss Moyes is now facing a reunion with former side Man Utd in the Round of 16 at Old Trafford after being drawn just before Monday night’s routine win over the Red Devils at Pride Park. The game will take place during the week beginning February 27th.
How West Ham got past Derby
Paul Warne’s side are flying up to fourth in the third tier and there were high hopes of an upset among home fans ahead of kick-off in front of a crowd of 25,308 at Pride Park.
Derby striker Tom Barkhuizen wasted no time in breaking through West Ham’s defence, racing clear in the first minute before his cutback was clear.
Bowen tamedly fired at Derby goalkeeper Joe Wildsmith soon after but wasn’t so wasteful in the 10th minute.
Antonio’s ball over the top caught Derby flat-footed and Bowen volleyed in Tomas Soucek’s clean header from six yards out.
Derby’s best move of the half saw James Collins volley just wide after Barkhuizen ran on Craig Forsyth’s dunked pass to pick out the Derby striker with a lovely cross.
Barkhuizen and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing were Derby’s best hopes of leveling before the break, but they failed to find a shot on target in the first period.
The good news for Rams fans at the break was that their side were still tied against a top-flight side who weren’t at their best.
But five minutes into the second period, the home side fell 2-0 down. Derby skipper Curtis Davies sliced a release clasp in Bowen’s path down the right and his cross was headed in by Antonio at the far post after deflecting Forsyth.
Warne sent four substitutes soon after – Eiran Cashin, Liam Thompson, Lewis Dobbin and Tony Springett – and their fresh legs gave Derby a boost.
Haydon Roberts was within an inch of fully connecting with Dobbin’s superb cross, but the Rams soon backed down again.
Bowen failed in quick succession from Wildsmith’s close-range save and Cashin’s final tackle before Ben Johnson’s angled shot was blocked by the Derby keeper.
The Rams were struggling until the final whistle and Dobbin was about to be rewarded for an impressive cameo when he fired straight at Alphonse Areola, but County failed to bridge the gap in the class that night.
Bowen: You have to beat the best to win the cup
Jarrod Bowen said “to be the best you have to beat the best” after West Ham were drawn against United in the fifth round.
“I found out (from the draw) on the bench. We removed Man Utd so listen, it’s never easy and if we want to be successful in these competitions we have to beat the best teams,” Bowen said ITV Sports.
“In relation to Man United they are a top top team but we have been there many times and you have to beat the best to be the best.”
Bowen added: “It was nice to score against Everton and also tonight. I think the situation we’re in, any kind of trust from any player…
“The last two I’ve been involved in have been very good for me but I think for us, two straight away wins, two good results for us and it’s just about the momentum in that game and I think we can use this for the future. “
Warne: We can’t knock the boys
Derby manager Paul Warne told ITV Sport: “To be fair West Ham put on a professional display, at times I thought we’d gone toe-to-toe but I don’t think we’ve done enough to unfortunately one to score a goal.
“We can’t knock the lads tonight, we asked them to be the best versions of themselves against a Premier League team so not bad.
“But we probably didn’t have enough graft in the last third but I can’t really beat them and we know West Ham don’t have an easy draw next but I sincerely wish them the best of luck.
“I thought the boys did well at times and hit at times.”
derbies Return to League One action at home on Saturday Morecambe – Kick-off 15h – before traveling to Wycombe on Saturday, February 11; Kick-off 3 p.m.
west hams next game is away newcastle live in the Premier League on Saturday Sky Sports; Kick-off 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 4th at 5:00 p.m
Kick-off 5:30 p.m
The Hammers then host London rivals Chelsea on Saturday, February 11; Kick-off 12:30 p.m.
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