The confirmed West Ham starting line-up to face Kidderminster Harriers in the FA Cup fourth round has been named as David Moyes goes strong.
Kidderminster vs West Ham is undoubtedly the tie of the round as the Premier League and Europa League high-fliers take on the National League North side.
Moyes bemoaned West Ham’s rotten luck with tough cup draws earlier this season after being picked to play Prem rivals Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham and Leeds in the Carabao and FA Cup.
So he couldn’t complain when the Hammers were pulled out to face the lowest ranked side left in the competition.
West Ham have met the Harriers in the FA Cup before, way back in 1994. That time it was in the fifth round and West Ham won 1-0.
Moyes and his players won’t be taking Kidderminster for granted, though, as West Ham chase silverware.
The job Moyes has done at West Ham in the last two years is nothing short of miraculous.
He has turned the Hammers from relegation battlers to a genuine European outfit.
Not only that, though. West Ham are now a team that is fighting on all fronts. A team that, whoever plays, will graft for a result home or away.
Kidderminster, who play in the sixth tier of English football, shocked Championship side Reading 2-1 in the third round of the competition so will be no mugs.
There were 115 league places between West Ham and Kidderminster when the draw was made and so – as you would expect – it was immediately selected for TV coverage.
Confirmed West Ham starting line-up for Kidderminster Harriers in the FA Cup as David Moyes goes strong
The watching millions will be hoping for a Hammers banana skin. But after seeing Manchester United crash out last night, West Ham got a reminder – if it were needed – to be fully focused on the job in hand.
And Moyes has responded by naming a strong line-up for the game.
Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek are rested on the bench and there is a start for Andriy Yarmolenko which will disappoint many fans.
Alex Kral gets his chance while Alphonse Areola continues in goal.
Said Benrahma returns to the starting XI following Algeria’s elimination at AFCON. And Nikola Vlasic gets another chance to find some rhythm.
Jarrod Bowen deputises for Michail Antonio up front as he misses the game following his arrival back from international duty with Jamaica on Friday.
Barring any seismic shocks – famous last words – should see West Ham have more than enough to advance to the fifth round.
The draw for that round takes place tomorrow (Sunday) at around 11am.
Come. On. You. Irons.