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West Ham United: BBC Radio pundit drops Hammers FA Cup claim

West Ham United: BBC Radio pundit drops Hammers FA Cup claim -West Ham News

BBC Radio’s Noel Whelan has claimed that David Moyes will not make any significant changes to his West Ham side for the FA Cup clash against Southampton.

The Lowdown: West Ham’s FA Cup run

The Hammers are set to travel to St Mary’s Stadium for their fifth-round FA Cup tie against Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Saints side tomorrow night.

In the last round, Moyes’ men drew non-league side Kidderminster Harriers. Surprisingly, West Ham trailed for 70 minutes of the game due to an early goal from the home side. Substitute Declan Rice saved the day, netting a last-ditch equaliser in the 91st minute, before Jarrod Bowen sealed the victory in the last minute of extra-time.

The Latest: Whelan makes Hammers claim

Whelan, who regularly features on BBC Radio Leeds, made the claim that West Ham have a real opportunity of securing silverware this season, calling Wednesday’s clash ‘massive’.

Speaking with Football Insider about the FA Cup, he proclaimed:

“He’s not done it yet domestically [rotate the squad], and the one thing about David Moyes is that he’s honest. He might change a couple. I’m very sure he’ll put out a very strong side capable of advancing in this competition.

“When was the last time West Ham brought back some silverware? This could be a massive opportunity for them, and Moyes won’t want to waste any game. 

“He’s always shown great integrity in the game and put out the strongest side he could. I don’t think this game will be any different. 

“He won’t want any slip-ups, and let’s not forget – winning breeds winning.”

The Verdict: FA Cup victory on the cards?

West Ham have experienced a fantastic season to-date, given the fact they remain in the Europa League and sit just outside the top-four in the English top-flight.

However, the Hammers’ hopes of Champions League qualification may be falling through their fingers. Sixth-place Arsenal are now level on points with the Irons. Worryingly, they have three games in hand.

In Europe, West Ham have been drawn to face Sevilla in the round of 16 of the Europa League, who are the competition’s record winners – having been victorious on six occasions.

Therefore, if Moyes wants to consider this season a complete success, West Ham’s best chance of doing so could be in the FA Cup.

In other news: Tom Clark left intrigued by Ben Johnson’s claims


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