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Cottee’s up for the Cup

Tony Cottee is delighted with the Hammers fourth round FA Cup draw and believes we may be well be set to go a long way om the competition.

Nothing of course can ever be taken for granted – it’s the Cup after all – but the Irons will be encouraged that they have already visited the club’s tiny stadium and beaten the League One outfit.

That came via 1 3-1 win but that came late with goals from after they had gone one down in the second minute Issa Diop, Angelo Ogbonna and Chicharito in the last 28 minutes.

Managed by Wally Downes, who was sacked by the Hammers as a defensive coach, there will be plenty of appetite to make life as tough as possible.

There are no pushovers in this world but it would be a surprise if the Irons – given their recent good form – can’t complete a victory and move into the fifth round.

Cottee believes so telling www.whufc.com: “I think we have to look at it as a very good draw – at this stage of the competition you just want to avoid facing one of the Premier League big boys and hopefully have a tie you can be confident of winning at the first attempt.

“It would obviously be preferable to be at home. However, going to Kingsmeadow will not be unknown territory for the team – we have played and won there already this season in the Carabao Cup, and that should be a positive factor.”

“We know it will be a tough battle and that AFC Wimbledon will play direct – our old coach Wally Downes will no doubt have them fired up, but we have certainly got enough quality to get past them.”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

One comment on “Cottee’s up for the Cup

  1. Hot & Cold . An upset is on the cards if we think just turning up is enough . Would have preferred a higher profile game . Am I nervous about this match ? , you bet I am .

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