West Ham boss Sam Allardyce says a strong run in the FA Cup is one of his main priorities for the rest of the season.
The veteran boss’ regular decisions to field weaker sides in the knockout competitions have received widespread criticism in the past but after a strong first half of the campaign, things are much different this time around.
Having spent big on attacking talent in the summer, the Hammers currently sit seventh in the table and with them beating a number of top sides already this season, are currently fancied at 19.00 to win the FA Cup.
Allardyce’s men battled past Everton in the third round and now face a potential banana skin on Sunday when they meet League One outfit Bristol City at Ashton Gate.
Although they lost out to Liverpool in the 2006 final, West Ham have not won the Cup since 1980, when a Trevor Brooking goal gave them a
1-0 Wembley win over Arsenal.
Big Sam is now targeting a strong finish to the season, stating that he sees the chance to win a trophy as one of his main goals for the remainder of the campaign.
“The FA Cup is very important to us and given our position in the league is very secure, we don’t have to consider resting players for Premier League results,” Allardyce said.
“We’ve come through the hardest period of all which is Christmas and New Year and we’re also steering clear of injuries so we have an opportunity to go forward in both the Premier League and the FA Cup this season.”