Moyes wants more ‘consistency’ from West Ham star
Posted On May 4, 2021
David Moyes backed Said Benrahma to deliver for West Ham, but told the Algerian he needs to find more consistency in order to secure a first-team spot.
Benrahma, who made his loan permanent at Brentford under a £ 25million deal in January, only made his 12th Premier League start to the season in Monday’s 2-1 win at Burnley , which bolstered the Hammers’ European push as they climbed to fifth.
Although Michail Antonio stole the headlines by scoring twice on his return from injury, Benrahma was a constant threat tonight.
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He came close to scoring his first Premier League goal with a shot that narrowly curled up while his cross for Antonio’s second could have slipped into himself had it not been hit.
“We just thought it was a game that maybe suited Said,” Moyes said of his decision to start the 25-year-old.
“He did a lot of good things and there were a couple of things he didn’t do so well.
“We are looking for consistency on his part. He had some chances to score and we hope that a goal is to come.
“There’s a lot of belief in the boy, maybe it took a little longer to settle down for a lot of reasons, but he can come in now and help us a lot for the remaining four games.
Antonio and Aaron Cresswell were both back from injury, but West Ham were without Mark Noble and Angelo Ogbonna due to injury, with Moyes unable to say if the latter’s season could be over due to a hamstring issue.
“I hope so,” Moyes said when asked if the Italian would return. “It’s disappointing that we lost Mark Noble and Angelo Ogbonna who are both very experienced players for us at this point in the season.
“It was good to get two back, and I hope Angelo isn’t too bad and he’s not too far for the remaining games.”
Antonio certainly delivered his first appearance for a month, with Moyes’ only complaint being that the forward didn’t kill the game as he missed out on several treble opportunities.
He might have been helped by a poor Burnley defending for the second goal as Antonio was the only West Ham player in a box full of Clarets defenders, but he was somehow allowed to go through and meet the center of Benrahma.
Coming from Burnley’s free-kick counterattack, the goal will have disappointed Sean Dyche, although the Burnley boss has always felt positive about his team’s display.
“For the second goal, we don’t put the ball properly in the box after a stopped play and they separate from it,” he said.
“We’re actually recovering but we’re not reacting in the middle and we looked a little surprised and they scored a goal.
“It’s a good outfit, sometimes you have to not accept it but raise your hand because I thought they gave a good performance.”
Chris Wood’s first-half penalty took the forward to 11 goals for the season, seven in his last seven and now directly involved in 10 of Burnley’s last 12, but he and Dwight McNeil came out at the end of the second half.
“Woody took a hit but we think he’s going to be okay,” Dyche said. “We saw him work a bit and we were going to leave him, but we figured we would also have four important games to come.
“Dwight just because we felt he had lost his performance a bit and Johann (Berg Gudmundsson) affected him when he came in.
“I don’t expect any injury news on this.”