West Ham managed to scrape past Wolves in their FA Cup tie on Saturday afternoon, and despite the tough game, Hammers fans deserve a proper cup run or even some silverware this season.
The Boleyn Ground game against Championship side Wolves was tighter than expected, with the visitors defending deep and preventing Slaven Bilic's side from having any threatening attacks on goal.
Surprisingly, Carl Jenkinson had the best shot on goal, despite an underwhelming overall performance, but the Hammers should realistically be going for gold in the competition this year.
Can't beat the FA Cup let's make it a good year West Ham ⚒⚒⚒— Reece Bayliss (@fat_sharp) January 9, 2016
The three time FA Cup winners have had an incredibly frustrating time in the cup in the past few years, with past managers not really taking the tournament seriously.
Sam Allardyce's West Ham were brushed aside by Championship opposition Nottingham Forest a few years ago, the score being 5-0 if you don't remember, and even though most of the starting eleven were academy hopefuls, you can't excuse the heartless defeat.
Last year saw goalkeeper Adrian net the winning penalty in a thrilling tie against Everton, but an eventual 4-0 defeat to West Brom rendered that magical tie useless, and it seemed as though the tournament was an inconvenience for Big Sam, rather than a chance for glory.
Slaven Bilic said last week that an FA Cup win is more important to him than a Champions League spot, and most fans feel the same, as realistically a spot in Europe wouldn't last long, whereas a trophy in England would mean the world to the East London side.
Slaven Bilic “I would rather West Ham win the FA Cup than get a place in the Champions League, all day long.“ pic.twitter.com/nrFLoYnG2y— Uber West Ham (@UberWestHam) January 8, 2016
Luckily for Hammers fans, their manager understands the club and more importantly, the final season at their home, the Boleyn Ground. Nothing would mean more to fans than a magnificent cup run to bid farewell to their hallowed ground.
For the first season in years, West Ham don't have to worry about the threat of relegation and a mid table finish is the worst case scenario. Because of this, the club should aim to go as far as possible in the FA Cup.
The starting eleven fielded against Wolves showed exactly how seriously the claret and blue side are taking this competition, with only Dimitri Payet and Andy Carroll left out of the side.
Both of these men came on against Wolves and changed the game, lifting the side to record what should have been a routine victory over the Championship outfit.
With a strong squad and a passionate manager who understands the importance of the FA Cup, West Ham should aim high and go for gold in this tournament, as there is no better time to do so than this season.