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“Hammers going all the way to Wembley”

leroylogoI have little doubt that the Irons will beat Bristol City to go through to the Fifth Round of the FA Cup but believe they will need a replay to do so.

It’s going to be hard at Ashton Gate on Sunday where because of redevelopment on one side of the ground, the capacity has been reduced to 13,000.

And the Hammers will also find that the Ashton Gate pitch is nuch bigger than they expect which may involve them in having to change their game a bit – it’s actually as big as Wembley.

City are going well of course and will be ready to give the game a right go under boss Steve Cotterill whose major objective is promotion so this is very much an afternoon off for him and will tell his team to have a right go.

I joined City towards the end of my playing career and carried out virtually every job possible at Ashton Gate so I have split affections.

I reckon the Robins will take the tie back to Upton Park after a 2-2 draw and that the Irons will then beat them and advance on Wembley.

I reckon that the Hammers can go all the way this year and have a real chance of lifting the old trophy but they mist beware strikers Matt Smith and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas who started his career at Arsenal.

They are the club’s second string strikers but took their chance when the front pair were injured before Christmas and have scored 12 goals between them since.

The team is doing really well and are second in the division with two games in and on Swindon. Of course it will be tough but the Irons have quality everywhere and I don’t need to run over it again.

They should – and in my view – will go through. I genuinely believe an FA Cup Final appearance is now on for the Hammers!


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About Hugh5outhon1895

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 ““Hammers going all the way to Wembley”

  1. Mad Love for Leroy.. one of my first heros as a young lad on the south bank, I dont think we will need a replay though, 0-2 for the lads Carroll and Valencia


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