The FA Cup dream is still alive and kicking, but an away draw against West Brom in the fifth round means it remains a tricky route to the final.
We have beaten the Baggies at The Hawthorns already this season, although now they’ve got a certain Tony Pulis in charge – and we know how tough his sides are to play.
That said, the omens are good for us. Firstly, you’d think West Brom’s main priority this season is Premier League survival, but that’s just speculation.
More interestingly, though, we had to beat both Everton and West Brom on our way to winning the FA Cup in 1980. Additionally, we’ve been ball number 15 in the fifth round draw in each of the three years in which we’ve won the competition. We were ball 15 for the fifth round draw earlier this evening.
All that aside it’s a tricky draw, but not impossible. Here’s how the Hammers fans reacted to the draw on Twitter…
— FourFourTweet (@FourFourTweet) January 26, 2015
West Brom v WHU we are away from home again. We are going to have do this the hard way. But when the going gets tough the tough get going.dg
— David Gold (@davidgold) January 26, 2015
West Ham have won at The Hawthorns already this season and beat WBA on route to winning he Cup 35 years ago
— Ian Abrahams (Moose) (@BroadcastMoose) January 26, 2015
Happy with West Brom away.
— Jamie (@Jamieonthisday) January 26, 2015
@WestHamWorld More than doable, they may want to concentrate on survival in prem though
— Kieran Warren (@KWarren365) January 26, 2015
@WestHamWorld true but surly prem survival must be priority over fa cup for them?
— ⚒ Danny ⚒ (@DannyPlacey) January 26, 2015
— James Jones (@jj2388) January 26, 2015
— Richard Graham 父 (@richgraham82) January 26, 2015
Last time we played a dirty Pulis side in the FA cup Robert Huth pulled Hitzelsperger out the wall costing us a goal and a place in the semi
— Harry (@MCjingle) January 26, 2015
On the 3 occasions that West Ham have won the FA Cup, they were also ball number 15 in the 5th round draw… Surely thats a good omen? #COYI
— Joshua Dodd (@JDodd_WHU1994) January 26, 2015
Shame we never got a home tie, West Brom away not the best of ties
— Brett O'brien ⚒ (@brettwhu1969) January 26, 2015
All set up for Morgan Amalfitano to get the winner.
— Philip 父 Wilkinson 父 (@PW57WHU) January 26, 2015
Would of preferred a home draw, WBA away will be tough but could of been worse
— Paul Jordan (@paul_jordan1) January 26, 2015
West brom away really tough but fantastic chance to get the q-finals? We want the cup this year the whole club knows it? Maybe few new faces
— Claret&BlueArmy (@spencerb222) January 26, 2015
West Brom, tough draw, but could've been worse. #COYI
— Tom Hewitt (@TomHewitt1983) January 26, 2015
Tough draw West Brom away – Pullis sides are hard to beat #coyi
— MSFA05 (@msfa05) January 26, 2015