West Ham manager David Moyes says his team produced a great performance to knock out six-time Europa League winners Sevilla on Thursday night.
Sevilla improved in the second half threatening to equalise, but it was David Moyes, as has been throughout the last 24 months, who had the final say.
The Scottish manager sent the experienced Andriy Yarmolenko for the tiring Said Benrahma, and with eight minutes until the end of the second half of extra time, the Ukraine forward held his nerves to tap in the second and send the London Stadium wild.
The win guarantees progressing to the next round of the Europa League, but also signified West Ham’s giant strides in the last 24 months, with the Hammers now genuine contenders to go all the way in Europe.
After the game Moyes said the manner in which his team performed against a team like Sevilla makes him proud.
He added: “Some people say Spanish football is not quite the same, but we have watched Atletico Madrid this week and Villareal, and Sevilla are ahead of those two teams at the moment.
“So we did a really good job putting out a Spanish team tonight, because they are really really difficult to play against and they were tonight as well.
“I’m so proud of the boys and the way they performed.
“When I came in I said the biggest thing about West Ham was the potential and I thought untapped in many ways, like tonight.
“Who would have said two years ago we would have 60,000 here to get West Ham to the quarter-finals of the cup, I don’t think many would have said that.
“I see a great chance for things to improve. It is a great club in this part of London, really well supported and we can give them a better team to support.”
The Hammers will now turn their attention to Sunday’s London derby against Tottenham.
Both teams are competing for a place in the last four of the Premier League and have little room for an error.