West Ham United to lock horns


West Ham United to lock horns: Ashton Gate

Bristol City and West Ham United will lock horns in a third-round replay of the FA Cup tomorrow, with the Robins aiming to overturn a 1-1 draw and secure a spot in the next round.

West Ham United to lock horns

Bristol City, led by former West Ham Under-21s coach Liam Manning, will be confident despite losing in the league at the weekend. Tommy Conway’s late equalizer ensured a replay, and Manning will be eager to capitalize on the setback and send his former club packing.

However, the hosting manager cut a much more dejected figure after Saturday’s Championship battle with Preston North End, where a second-half double from Will Keane condemned Bristol City to a 2-0 Deepdale defeat, and Manning made no bones about his side’s off-colour performance on the day.

That two-goal loss means it is now four games without victory for the Robins across all competitions – Conway’s strike against West Ham also represents their only goal in those 360 minutes of football – but winning four of their last six contests as Ashton Gate does stand the hosts in good stead.

None of Arsenal, Manchester United or Brighton & Hove Albion had managed to break West Ham’s defensive resistance in the weeks that preceded the visit of Bristol City, but with their rear guard finally breached again, David Moyes‘s men have an unwelcome addition to their already overloaded fixture calendar.

The replay promises to be a thrilling encounter, with both teams eager to advance in the FA Cup. Bristol City’s hopes of an upset rest on their ability to replicate their defensive resilience and find a way to penetrate West Ham’s backline
However, the last thing we need at the moment is the spectre of extra time and penalties, so let`s hope for a no nonsense away win

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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!"

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