David Moyes has made a very honest and frank admission about Said Benrahma after the Algerian scored the winning penalty for West Ham against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup in midweek.

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The Hammers played exceptionally well against Man City and were fully deserving of their eventual win on penalties.

In years gone by, West Ham would have lost that game heavily.

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We are a completely different animal under David Moyes now though, and our performance at the London Stadium on Wednesday night proved that.

David Moyes makes very honest and frank Said Benrahma admission

The 26-year-old attacker has been a standout performer for the Hammers so far this season.

He wasn’t anywhere near his best against Tottenham last weekend nor was he against City on Wednesday.

His incredible work-rate often goes unnoticed, however, and he deserves a lot of credit for the shifts that he put in during both games.

Benrahma also scored the winning penalty for the Hammers on Wednesday night.

Moyes spoke to reporters yesterday and admitted that he wasn’t entirely confident when Benrahma asked to take the fifth penalty, as quoted by Football.London:

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“After training the players had one penalty each. Let them walk up and show us what you can do. After that, I had four names written down at the end of the game and it was the fifth I wasn’t sure about. The only reason I wasn’t sure is because Said Benrahma put two over the bar. So when he said he wanted to take it I was a little bit taken aback by it. But I felt ‘there you go, if you want it, take it’. I was a bit worried when it got to the fifth one but I’ve got to say he took it very well. He was really confident, I was not quite so sure when he asked me but overall it went fine.”

Benny certainly proved to Moyes that he has what it takes mentally.

Taking the fifth and decisive penalty is always a highly pressurised moment. And Benrahma deserves great credit for stepping up having missed two in training the previous day.

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Benrahma should now be full of confidence having safely tucked away his spot-kick in midweek. And maybe the best of the Algerian is still to come.

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