Nigerian forward’s Emmanuel Emenike and Victor Moses helped West Ham humiliate Blackburn to qualify for the last eight of the FA Cup on Sunday evening.
Emenike scored twice and compatriot Victor Moses was also on target as the Hammers came from behind to beat Blackburn Rovers 5-1, at Ewood Park.
The home side were in front just after 24 minutes, before Victor Moses levelled the game for the visitor’s just before the break with a solo effort. Westham’s signing of the season, Dimitri Payet, then put the Hammers in front with a perfectly curled free-kick from 25 yards.
Emenike, who scored his first goal for the club, since his arrival in January, struck twice in the second half to put the visitors 4-1 up, before French midfielder Payet rounded off the scoring in stoppage time to take the Hammers into the sixth round.
Payet, who was made the highest paid player in the club’s history earlier this month, was hailed by manager, Slaven Bilic, as he likened him to Real madrid midfielder, Luka Modric – who Bilic coached at international level with Croatia.
“I haven’t seen a better player than that. He is also doing the dirty work and on the ball he is up there with Luka Modric from the players I have trained so far,” said Bilic.
“Dimitri is one of the best I have trained and every week I want those questions (about him) to continue, but it is hard to be surprised.
“I have to get some poetry lessons to describe his importance to us.”
Meanwhile, West Ham play the winner between Manchester United and League One side Shrewsbury in the sixth-round, which is slated for the weekend of Friday March 11 through to Monday March 13.