David Moyes is hoping to lead West Ham on ‘a good cup run’ as the club prepare to face West Brom in the FA Cup fourth round this weekend.
The Hammers welcome the Championship leaders to the London Stadium tomorrow, the club looking to advance to the last-16 of the tournament for the first time since a quarter-final defeat to Manchester United four years ago.
Moyes has enjoyed a mixed start to his second spell at the club since replacing Manuel Pellegrini last month, though the 56-year-old is confident his side have the quality to progress to the latter stages.
The former Manchester United and Everton boss insists his squad possesses the depth to juggle cup competition with their all-important league fixtures, with the Scot hopeful his side can embark on ‘a good cup run’, starting with a victory over the Baggies tomorrow.
“We’ve not had lots of fixtures like other clubs – we’re not in Europe,” the West Ham boss said at his pre-match press conference. “I don’t see why we should feel we’re too hard-pushed. We’re pushed because of numbers, because of injuries, but we can play Wednesday-Saturday.
“I think we’re playing with quite a lot of confidence and showing that in our games. I think the two late goals on Wednesday [4-1 defeat at Leicester] turned an OK performance into a really bad one.
“I’d really like a good run in the cup. I think everyone’s well aware we have to play Liverpool on Wednesday and Brighton the Saturday after, so it begins to make you question if you can afford any more injuries, but ideally for the supporters we get through in the cup and do the best we can.”
West Ham have won the FA Cup on three occasions, last winning the famous old trophy back in 1980.