FA Cup Third Round- Hammers to host Manchester City

Of all the teams West Ham could’ve drawn in the third round of the FA Cup, they’ve got Pep Guardiola’s title challengers, which all but puts paid to the hopes of a good Cup run. With the league likely to be the Hammers’ main focus given their precarious position currently, even the most die-hard WHUFC fans will not bet against this being a virtual walkover for City, despite the game being played at home.

West Ham’s last four Cup games have been against Man Utd (h/a), Chelsea (h) and now Man City (h)! [Read more…]

FA Cup clash draw was a bit of an injustice

collins heads in at the fa cup clash

The FA Cup clash third round against Manchester United on Saturday was  “a bit of an injustice” to say the least.

We all knew Fergie’s boys were up for it but then again, so were the Hammers, weren’t they? Collins’ two stunning goals knocked the stuffing out of the Red Army who seemed powerless to hold the Irons from coming forward and bringing the game to them.

Joe Cole’s presence was awesome and he played an important part in the 2-2 draw which now goes to a replay. He was the one that provided the sweet crosses for “Ginger” to get on the end of. It was a nice welcome back for the Hammer’s prodigal son.

Joe Cole realised himself how the Hammers under the watchful eye of Sam Allardyce have been transformed. Joe also reckons that he has now found his place  at West Ham.

Manchester United’s goals came Tom Cleverley in the first half  and then Robin Van Persie’s last minute death blow just before the final whistle. Collins equalised for the Hammers after Cleverley’s goal in the first half from a pinpoint cross that even Beckham would have loved.

Joe Cole said after the game:

It was great to play again and I really enjoyed it. There’s been a lot of fuss.

“I’m not really one for that. I just wanted to get out there and play football. Individually it was a good performance and collectively I thought we defended really well.

“The reception I got from the fans was amazing. It really choked me up. It’s great to be here.

“The fans, even when I came back here with Chelsea or Liverpool, have always given me a good reception but today was special. Onwards and upwards.”

So, it’s an awesome FA Cup clash replay and to get through this, the Irons have to play the same way with focus, courage and determination. Joe Cole showed us that he’s still a Hammer, we need the rest of the team to follow suit.