West Ham United manager David Moyes has praised youngsters Reece Burke and Josh Cullen after the club’s 1-0 extra-time win over Shrewsbury Town in Tuesday night’s FA Cup replay.
The pair played the full 120 minutes at the London Stadium and it was Burke who netted the crucial winner with just eight minutes left to play.
After spending the first half of the season on loan at Championship outfit Bolton Wanderers, both West Ham players were bought back into the Hammers fold for the original tie against the Shrews earlier in January, which ended 0-0.
Moyes admitted he is delighted that the Irons pair have managed to get some senior action under their belts and was encouraged by how they performed in a difficult third-round tie.
“Somebody was going to have to come up with something and Reece has struck it really sweetly, so I’m pleased,” the West Ham manager told the club’s official website.
“He’s been on loan at Bolton with Josh Cullen and both of them have done really well for us, so I’m thrilled for them, coming back and getting games in the first team as well.”
Burke and Cullen could be sent back out on loan by West Ham before the end of the month, but they will have done their long-term prospects in East London no harm with assured displays against Shrewsbury.
After two matches there had still not been a goal between the sides as the full-time whistle was blown on Tuesday, meaning that extra time and possibly penalties were going to be needed to produce a winner.
The away side, who are riding high in League One at present, battled bravely against their Premier League opponents and it took a moment of quality from West Ham defender Burke to break the deadlock.
The centre-back got on the end of Toni Martinez’s lofted cross in the 112th minute to crash home an unstoppable half-volley off the underside of the crossbar.
Next up for West Ham is a home fixture in the league against Bournemouth, who they could also face in the fourth round of the FA Cup if the Cherries can overcome Wigan Athletic in a replay on Wednesday night.