Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Can West Ham carry forward Cup momentum?

West Ham surprised more than just a few onlookers this week with their thrashing of a tough Burnley side at home in the FA Cup, with goals seeming not to be an issue for a side that has so often this season looked clueless in front of the net. With the win representing their eighth win from nine in Cup competitions this season, it seems clear that they need to carry over this momentum into league games if they want to retain their Premier League status.

Avram Grant is a man who is all too familiar with Cup success going hand in hand with league misery. He did precisely the same thing at Portsmouth, with his record there providing a really interesting stat. Grant won the same number of league games as he did FA Cup games during his six month stint in charge of the club.

If Grant can convince his players to carry over the confidence that such a decent Cup run brings with it, then West Ham need not fear relegation. If, however, the manager continues his trend of suffering in the league whilst starring in the Cup competitions, it could be a long few months for Hammers fans. Go to Unibet for the latest football bet odds.

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