Forest fired up for West Ham cup clash

The Hammers will entertain Championship side Nottingham Forest in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

WEST HAM’S third round victory over Barnsley on Saturday at Upton Park has earned them another home tie – this time against Nottingham Forest.

The Championship outfit, dispatched Preston North End 2-1 at Deepdale on Saturday to earn a fourth round tie, and Billy Davies’ side are likely to provide stronger opposition for the Hammers than Barnsley did at the weekend.

Midfielder Lewis McGugan is likely to be the one to watch as he already has 10 goals to his name, including a couple of spectacular strikes, while the experienced Robert Earnshaw will also look to make their mark up front.

The last clash between the two at Upton Park was back in 2004 when Matty Etherington and Teddy Sheringham (2), gave the Hammers a 3-2 win.

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While in 2003 in the FA Cup, it was 3-2 to West Ham once again, this time Jermain Defoe (2) and Joe Cole scoring the goals, with Marlon Harewood on target for Forest.

They met twice before that in the FA Cup with Forest winning 4-0 in a controversial semi back in 1991, when Tony Gale was sent off early in the match.

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While the Hammers triumphed 2-0 way back in 1925.

The tie is due to take place at Upton Park on the weekend of January 29 and 30.

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