Danny Murphy on West Ham United’s Diafra Sakho and Bristol City’s Matt Smith

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BBC pundit Danny Murphy was impressed with Diafra Sakho’s performance for West Ham United against Bristol City in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Former Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Danny Murphy has been singing the praises of Diafra Sakho on BBC Sport.

Sakho has been superb for West Ham United so far this season following his move from Metz in the summer transfer window.

The Senegal international striker has scored eight goals and created 12 chances in 14 Premier League appearances so far this campaign, while having a pass accuracy of 60% and a shot accuracy of 41%.

The 25-year-old was on target on Sunday as well, scoring nine minutes from full time to lead West Ham to a narrow 1-0 away win against Bristol City in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Sakho, who came on as a substitute in the 56th minute at the Ashton Gate Stadium, also hit the City crossbar and was a bright spark for the Hammers.

Former England international Murphy was impressed with the striker and told BBC Sport: “Diafra Sakho is the match-winner and he has been full of goals this season.

“10 goals in 16 games I think it is. As soon as he came on he showed a brilliant bit of skill and was unlucky not to score when his shot hit the bar.”

Murphy also had his say on City striker Matt Smith, who is on loan from Championship outfit Fulham, whom he joined from Leeds United in the summer.

“For Bristol City, Matt Smith was a pest all afternoon,” said the 37-year-old. “He had one clear chance when he really should have done better."

City did give a good account of themselves against Premier League side West Ham and could have even won the tie.

However, credit should be given to Sam Allardyce’s team for eventually picking up the win and progressing to the fifth round of the FA Cup.

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