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Moyes is dreaming of run to final

Gillingham 0 West Ham United 2

David Moyes
David Moyes

By Paul Burrows

David Moyes praised his West Ham side for battling to victory to maintain his perfect start in his second spell in charge and hopes they can go on a sustained FA Cup run this season.

Pablo Zabaleta was West Ham's unlikely saviour as they battled past League One Gillingham.

The 34-year-old, only on the field as a substitute after an injury to Ryan Fredericks, scored his first goal in almost three years to break the deadlock midway through the second half.

Then, as Gillingham chased an equaliser, fellow sub Pablo Fornals finished them off with a breakaway goal in stoppage time to seal a 2-0 win.

Gills boss Steve Evans said beforehand that he had fancied his chances of a famous win when Manuel Pellegrini was still manager but the arrival of Moyes - a friend from their time together as youngsters at Celtic Boys Club - had made him think again.

Pellegrini's West Ham may well have rolled over but Moyes' side already seem to be made of sterner stuff, much to the reappointed manager's delight.

"It was a real tough game, it wasn't easy," said Moyes.

"The players showed great character, they stuck together because we have lost this sort of game before.

"It's two games and two clean sheets. That builds up a bit of confidence and self belief. We have to keep that going now and continue to be hard to beat but ultimately we want to score goals.

"We have scored six in the two games and hopefully that will continue.

"If we can keep going in the cup, I want to do so, but the Premier League is always everyone's priority. I would love to be in the final and win a final, that's for sure."

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