Hammers boss David Moyes gives West Ham star Gianluca Scamacca the Said Benrahma treatment with a rocket after his rocket.
West Ham made it two wins from two in the Europa Conference League group stages with a 3-2 victory against SIlkeborg.
The Hammers made hard work of it, though, relinquishing control of a game they led 3-1 at half-time to be left clinging on at the end.
After falling behind, again, to an early goal from the hosts West Ham started to play some decent stuff and equalised through a penalty.
West Ham were somewhat fortunate to be awarded the spot kick and perhaps more fortunate that Manuel Lanzini put it away after slipping as he went to shoot.
There was certainly nothing fortunate about Gianluca Scamacca’s goal, though. The Italian was fed by Maxwel Cornet and he smashed an absolute humdinger home from the edge of the box – much like some of the goals West Ham fans would have seen him score for Sassuolo.
Craig Dawson then made it 3-1 before the break with a trademark header from a corner in his first appearance of the season after injury.
The second half West Ham sat off the hosts and Moyes made a raft of changes.
Silkeborg got a goal back and came close to scoring an equaliser on multiple occasions before the final whistle. Indeed the Danes ended the game with more possession, passes and shots than the Hammers.
Winning is what matters in these matches, though, and West Ham have taken control of Group B.
For West Ham fans one of the big pluses was striker Scamacca, who has just recently returned to the side following a nasty illness.
There was some excellent forward play from Scamacca before he was substituted in the second half. He was laying off the ball off, holding it up, spraying out wide and showing his excellent technical ability.
And his goal was the champagne moment of the match.
But Hammers boss Moyes has given West Ham star Scamacca the Benrahma treatment with a rocket after his rocket.
Moyes has always been particularly harsh and critical of Benrahma’s performances since he arrived at West Ham.
The Scot takes a taskmaster approach with Benrahma, who – more often than not – has been his go-to player to be subbed off during games over the last couple of years, even when he has deserved to stay on.
It came to a head against Newcastle last season when Benrahma and Moyes clashed during one such substitution.
Now it seems Scamacca is getting a similar carrot and stick treatment from the Hammers boss.
When asked on BT Sport about Scamacca’s brilliant goal and performance, Moyes was quick to point out that he expects more from the Italy international.
“I think we’re beginning to see a little bit of that (from Scamacca),” Moyes said on BT Sport.
“But I was a bit disappointed with his early performance, I wanted him to hold the ball up better. I thought he grew into the game and got better in the first half.
“But we’re still bringing him back, we’re still getting him used to it. But he’s got that (the strike for the goal) in abundance and I’m hoping that he shows much more of that (in the time) to come.”