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FT: West Ham 1-0 Shrewsbury Town - Burke’s brilliant hit saves Hammers from embarrassment

It was ugly, but back to back wins for West Ham!!

West Ham United v Shrewsbury Town - The Emirates FA Cup Third Round Replay Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

David Moyes and West Ham United will be glad to not see Shrewsbury Town again this season, as the Hammers badly struggled for the second straight match against the League One side and needed a Reece Burke wonderful strike in second extra time to win 1-0 in the FA Cup Third Round Replay.

It seemed penalties were the destination for Moyes’ men, as they produced another dreadful display against their modest opponents. Manuel Lanzini was the only player displaying any sort of basic Premier League quality, as he was the most active throughout the contest but couldn’t produce any real noteworthy chance.

And Shrewsbury, as they did in the first league, could have certainly taken the lead in the second half. Thankfully for the Hammers sake, Joe Hart stood tall and made a quality save in the 63rd minute. Despite that moment and the substitutions of Marko Arnautovic, Mark Noble and Pablo Zabaleta, the Hammers continued their desultory performance against Shrewsbury throughout the remainder of regulation.

The first part of extra time wasn’t much better, and when penalties appeared to be the fate for both sides to decide the tie, the 21-year-old Burke produced the only moment of real quality in the match with a terrific hit. Quite the time for Burke to score his first goal for West Ham, and it prevented some humiliation for Moyes to deal with on the back of their 4-1 thrashing of Huddersfield on Saturday.

West Ham knows that the side will have to play a whole lot better on Saturday, when they have another potential wild contest against Bournemouth in the Premier League.