West Ham booked their place in the fifth round of the FA Cup by beating Doncaster Rovers 4-0.
It took West Ham virtually no time at all to get in front, with Pablo Fornals arriving in the box and firing home in the second minute.
They added a second just beyond the half-hour mark when Andriy Yarmolenko dinked the ball over the keeper.
An own goal from Andy Butler made things even harder for Doncaster early in the second half, and it became four when 23-year-old striker Oladapo Afolayan scored a tap-in on his debut.
The win sets up a last-16 meeting with one of Manchester United or Liverpool for the Hammers, who have now won their last five matches.
Moyes made eight changes from the victory against West Brom with midweek matchwinner Michail Antonio and the only forward at the club one of several to drop to the bench.
Winger Yarmolenko led the line in his absence and it was good work by the Ukrainian after he drifted to the right which contributed towards a second-minute opener.
The makeshift forward produced a fine through ball to Ryan Fredericks with the outside of his boot and the defender had time to pick out the onrushing Fornals, who fired into the bottom corner for his third goal of the season.
No messing! 💥
Pablo Fornals with a well-taken early goal for the Hammers!
— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) January 23, 2021
Doncaster had won seven of their previous eight games and boss Darren Moore picked a strong XI, but they had no answer to the hosts’ firepower.
Manuel Lanzini and Yarmolenko failed to make the most of fine openings before the quarter of an hour mark with West Ham’s attacking foursome enjoying life against the Sky Bet League One side.
In the previous round at Stockport, the Hammers had to contend with a mudbath, but on the London Stadium’s slick surface they were passing the ball around with purpose and regulary cutting through their opponents.
Said Benrahma had been a constant thorn in the Doncaster defence and minutes after a long-range effort had been saved, the former Brentford man created the second.
Rovers gave away possession to the Algerian and he spotted the run of Yarmolenko into the area and West Ham’s number seven found the net with a neat chip over Ellery Balcombe in the 32nd minute.
Comfortable second half for West Ham
After a near-perfect first half, the next thing Moyes would have hoped for was for summer recruit Benrahma to get off the mark for the club.
Despite two prolific seasons at Brentford in the Championship, the 25-year-old has struggled for game time since he made the step up, but went close early into the second period when a curled free kick forced Balcombe into a smart save.
The Doncaster goalkeeper was in action again soon after to stop two separate efforts by Tomas Soucek before the third did eventually arrive for the Premier League outfit with 53 minutes played.
Captain Mark Noble drilled a corner into the front post where it got a touch and that was enough to put off Rovers defender Butler, who saw the ball bounce off his knee and find the net.
Moore’s men almost pulled a goal back when Jon Taylor’s cross came for Matt Smith at the back post, but his half-volley clipped the crossbar and went over.
Normal service was quickly resumed and Moyes handed a debut to Afolayan late on and saw the forward grab the club’s fourth with 12 minutes left in the capital.
Playing for the U23s last night and scoring for on your first team debut the next day…
— West Ham United (@WestHam) January 23, 2021
Fredericks got forward well and saw an effort pushed out by Balcombe, which was straight into the path of former Solihull Moors forward Afolayan and he tapped in from close range to mark his first Hammers appearance with a goal.
There was still time for young goalkeeper Nathan Trott and fellow academy graduate Jamal Baptiste to be given debuts on a pleasing day all-round for three-time FA Cup winners West Ham.