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Moyes lays down trophy gauntlet

David Moyes admits that he would love to win a trophy with West Ham but says that it must be part of growing organically as a team.

The Hammers head into this week’s Carabao Cup quarter-final against Spurs acutely aware of the fact that they haven’t won a trophy since 1999, when the club lifted the UEFA Intertoto Cup. Prior to that, their most recent domestic trophy came when the FA Cup was won in 1980.

Spurs, by comparison, haven’t won a trophy since 2008, when they lifted the League Cup by beating Chelsea at Wembley.

Both sides will be desperate to progress to the semi-finals, then, but Moyes insists that he does not want a trophy win this season to be a one-off.

Instead, he wants the Hammers to reach a level where they are competing for the biggest prizes every season, both domestically and abroad.

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Speaking to reporters, as per the club’s official website, Moyes said: “I’d love to win a trophy. It would be a great achievement. I don’t want to be a side who win a trophy and then don’t win anything for 20 or 30 years.

“There’s a growing process where you have to build your team and club up to be competitive in all competitions. I wouldn’t want to win the League Cup and be near the bottom three in the Premier League for instance.

“But we’ve tried to prioritise throughout the season, and I’d love to be a trophy winner at West Ham. We’re in all the competitions and I’d love to stay in them.”

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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.