West Ham United eased into the FA Cup fifth round with a comfortable 2-0 victory over third-tier Derby County on Monday. With a comprehensive win, West Ham United has booked a fifth-round tie with Manchester United. West Ham United has been producing brilliant performances to register back-to-back wins after beating Everton 2-0 to climb out of the Premier League’s bottom three nine days ago. The East London club hit the top gear as they halted League One side Derby’s 14-game unbeaten run.
Derby County started well and was so close to scoring the opener in the first minute of the game. But the Czech midfielder Tomas Soucek made an important block on the edge of the D and cleared the ball. West Ham started to play a counter-attacking game and as a result, Michail Antonio carried the ball well and had runners right and left but instead opted to shoot, firing disappointingly wide.
West Ham continued to create more chances to find the back of the net. This time Jarrod Bowen had a good opportunity to score but shot the ball straight to Derby goalkeeper Joe Wildsmith. Three minutes later, the 26-year-old English winger does not make the same mistake. Bowen scored a really clever goal in the 10th minute, with Soucek playing a nifty one-two with Antonio, and the Czech midfielder nodded down to Bowen, who fired into the corner from close range.
Bowen went 12 matches without a goal before netting twice against Everton last week and now has three in his last two games. West Ham finished the first half with a 1-0 lead. Bowen then crossed for Antonio to head in a second goal just five minutes after the interval. The 32-year-old Jamaican striker finally broke his own goal drought stretching back to November.
Derby got punished due to their sloppiness on the field. Pablo Fornals released Bowen down the right. England forward’s cross was deflected horribly off Forsyth straight to Antonio at the back post and the striker made no mistake, smashing the ball into an empty net. Forsyth slid in, trying to defend the front post, but got the worst possible touch on it.
West Ham held on to the lead and saw out the victory without conceding many chances. They recorded back-to-back wins for the first time since October. Bowen said this win will give his side a massive boost and confidence to move forward.