West Ham United book their spot in the Fifth Round of the FA Cup on Saturday, as they ran out comfortable 4-0 winners over Doncaster Rovers at the London Stadium.
Goals from Pablo Fornals, Andriy Yarmolenko, Oladapo Afolayan and an own goal from Donny defender Andy Butler saw David Moyes’ side run out comfortable winners.
Darren Moore’s side headed into the game full of confidence, with the League One side winning seven of their last eight matches in all competitions.
That impressive run of results sees them sit fourth in the League One table, and in real contention to win a timely promotion back into the Championship this term.
Whereas West Ham had won their last four matches in all competitions, with one of those being against Stockport County in the Third Round.
It was the worst possible start for Darren Moore’s side at the London Stadium though, as Andriy Yarmolenko found Ryan Fredericks in space on the right-hand side, with the full-back picking out Pablo Fornals in the penalty area, and the 24-year-old fired home clinically past Donny goalkeeper Ellery Balcombe to open the scoring for the Hammers.
West Ham went from strength to strength after their early opener, and had two chances in quick succession, with both Manuel Lanzini and Yarmolenko both spurning golden opportunities from inside the penalty-area within the first ten minutes of the contest.
But Yarmolenko took the next chance that fell his way, as Said Benrahma capitalised on Andy Butler giving the ball away cheaply, as the Algerian winger found the Ukrainian just outside of the six-yard area before lifting the ball over Balcombe to make it 2-0 to David Moyes’ side after 32 minutes.
West Ham picked up where they left off with both Benrahma and Lanzini having their efforts from long-range saved by Balcombe, who did his best to keep his side in the game early into the second-half.
Tomas Soucek then had a couple of opportunities to put the game beyond doubt, but Doncaster goalkeeper Ellery Balcombe was equal to both of his efforts, with the first being a 30-yard volley, whilst the second was a close-range header than was tipped round the post.
But West Ham’s dominance in the second-half soon told, as Andy Butler turned the ball into his own net, after the visitors failed to clear their lines from a corner, which saw the defender make it 3-0 to the Premier League side.
Doncaster carved out their first notable chance of the contest on the hour mark, as Joe Wright’s cross found Matt Smith at the back post, but the Welshman saw his well-struck effort crash back off the crossbar, before going over for a goal-kick.
But West Ham made them pay for that missed chance, as Ryan Fredericks’ strong run resulted in his effort being parried into the path of second-half substitute Oladapo Afolayan, who tucked the ball home for a dream first-team debut for the former Solihull Moors forward.
West Ham had a couple of opportunities in the final ten minutes of this one, but failed to find the fifth goal they were chasing, as they earned a well-deserved win on the day.
West Ham are set to return to action on Tuesday evening, when they travel to Selhurst Park to take on Crystal Palace, where they’ll be looking to make it six successive wins in all competitions against the Eagles.
Whereas Doncaster Rovers will now turn their attention to their push for promotion in League One when they face AFC Wimbledon at the Keepmoat Stadium on Tuesday.