West Ham have been drawn against Newport County in the Carabao Cup, as confirmed by the club’s official website.
The Hammers will play against the League Two outfit at Rodney Parade during the week commencing 26th August.
Our second round opponents have been confirmed!https://t.co/ftseIbEX6f
— West Ham United (@WestHam) August 13, 2019
This would seem like a fairly kind draw, considering Newport play in League Two, but many West Ham fans are still not confident their side will progress.
The two clubs have met three times in their history, with each taking one win and the other game ending in a draw, with the last meeting coming in 1979.
Having lost against AFC Wimbledon in the FA Cup last season, many fans are not taking this game for granted – especially after Newport beat Leicester City and Middlesbrough in the FA Cup last season before succumbing to Manchester City, as per Transfermarkt.
A selection of Twitter reaction to the announcement, including posts from pessimistic West Ham fans, can be found below:
Please play the first 11, no messing about!
— Giesen (@Giesen12) August 13, 2019
Let me provide a sample of end of result statements so you just have to copy and paste after this match, happy to help. ‘Not our day’ ‘Newport progress to the next round’ ‘A result which will not define our season’ ‘Was not meant to be’ ‘We now focus on the league’
— djbhammer (@djbhammer7) August 13, 2019
If they put this game on Sky/BT, we’ll lose
— James Gunn (@jamesgunn_) August 13, 2019
Adding us to that list soon
— Mrs Scho (@SchobiesWife) August 13, 2019
Good luck in the next round Newport
— niall mcdonald (@niall_mcdonald) August 13, 2019
This is the sort of game we absolutely lose
— SK (@Sam_Keenan1) August 13, 2019
This has defeat written all over it
— Brandon White (@Brandon86472718) August 13, 2019
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After we lost to Wimbledon last season I have no hope
— Alfie Thomas (@actthomas41) August 14, 2019