Said Benrahma struck towards his former membership Brentford as West Ham put their Premier League struggles to 1 aspect with a 1-0 win within the FA Cup.
Benrahma, prised from the Bees for £30million three years in the past, climbed off the bench to offer the one second of high quality in a dour third-round encounter.
The Algerian winger fired dwelling from 25 yards earlier than opting to not rejoice towards the aspect he spent two and a half years with.
For West Ham at the least there was a measure of revenge for the 2-0 Premier League defeat inflicted by Brentford eight days earlier.
But it was a tricky watch. In a torturous first half performed in teeming rain, neither aspect confirmed any actual inclination to assault.
The finest probability fell to Brentford when Keane Lewis-Potter crossed from the precise and Yoane Wissa, who scored twice in Monday’s 3-1 win over Liverpool, was denied at shut vary by Lukasz Fabianski.
The Bees had been nonetheless with out Ivan Toney, who left the sector on a stretcher on the London Stadium final week, they usually missed his presence up entrance
But that they had one other alternative when Mads Roerslev robbed Emerson Palmieri on the touchline and performed in Keane-Potter, who blazed over the crossbar.
Brentford goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha was making solely his second look of the season however West Ham failed to check him as soon as.
Lucas Paqueta tried his luck from a decent angle and lifted his effort too excessive whereas Jarrod Bowen dragged a shot vast.
Lewis-Potter, a bit-part participant this season and one in all seven modifications for the Bees, at the least seemed wanting to impress.
At the beginning of the second half the previous Hull winger raided down the left and reduce inside however his drive was held by Fabianski.
West Ham ought to have scored moments later when Emerson drove to the byline and despatched in a low cross however Tomas Soucek prodded vast six yards out when Bowen seemed higher positioned to attain.
Emerson then swung in a deep free-kick which Craig Dawson met on the far put up with a half-volley which spun vast.
The Bees’ new signing Kevin Schade, who has joined on mortgage from Freiburg with a view to a everlasting change, was summoned from the bench for his debut 20 with minutes to go.
A lightning-quick winger, Schade instantly sped round Dawson forcing the defender right into a problem which earned him a reserving.
But it was Hammers substitute Benrahma who gained it for the guests with 11 minutes remaining.
Declan Rice’s agency problem on Wissa in midfield left the striker in a heap and Benrahma raced forwards earlier than launching a rocket into Strakosha’s web to ship West Ham by means of.