West Ham United booked a place in the quarter-finals of the League Cup after dumping holders Manchester City out on Wednesday night.

Both teams played out a goalless draw at the end of regulation time, with the Hammers winning 5-3 at the end of the penalty kicks after Said Benrahma dispatched his effort past Zack Steffen.

The Algerian international attacker, 26, was the hero at the London Stadium, and he has Alan Irvine to thank for his recent form and confidence.

According to The Athletic, the former West Ham assistant manager regularly had one-to-one sessions with Benrahma, and they set about a plan of how the playmaker would force his way into the starting XI.


Irvine stepped down from his full-time role as assistant manager to become the Hammers’ technical advisor in May, but the impact he had on the attacker is starting to bear fruits.

Benrahma is gradually becoming a force to be reckoned with at West Ham after struggling during his first six months at the club.

He joined David Moyes’ side from Brentford last summer, ending the first half of the 2020-21 campaign with no goal and just two assists in 13 Premier League appearances.

However, one-to-one sessions with Irvine inspired him heading into the second half of the season, and he ended with a goal and four assists in his final 17 top-flight games.

Benrahma took that form with him into pre-season, scoring once in the 6-2 demolition of Celtic, bagging the winner in the 1-0 victory over Brentford before weighing in with two assists in the 2-0 Betway Cup win over Atalanta.

He has started every of West Ham’s nine league fixtures so far in 2021-22, scoring thrice and assisting twice.

He has also scored once in three Europa League games and will be looking to keep improving going forward.

All that might not have been possible without Irvine.

He has remained a valued member of Moyes’ backroom team, and the club are lucky to have the former West Brom manager.

In other West Ham news, Trevor Sinclair has made Hammers ace transfer admission after Alex Ferguson was left shell-shocked.

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