We know it's going to be difficult, concedes Moyes

  • by Staff Writer
  • Tuesday, 1st March 2022

David Moyes is preparing for a tough test when West Ham visit St Mary's on Wednesday for the fifth round FA Cup tie with Southampton.

The hosts go into the game in sparkling form against a West Ham team who have been struggling to hit the highs reached earlier in the campaign - even though they recaptured some of that form last weekend when beating Wolves at the London Olympic Stadium.

And consequently, the boss admits that his team are in for a very difficult night.

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"Southampton's recent form has been very good," he said during his pre-match press conference. "They were excellent against Tottenham the other week and are in a good vein of form.

"The Premier League at different times does that, you have teams in good form and others not quite so good. I think Southampton are one of those sides.

"We've had interesting games over the years against them and Southampton came out on top in the last league game, so we know it is going to be a difficult game.

"A good run of form keeps you in there [the hunt for a European spot] and keeps your momentum going. They have been on a very good run of form, have Southampton. They have recovered from a difficult start and I think they are doing well."

And when asked whether he felt West Ham could ultimately win the FA Cup this season, Moyes referred instead to the club's gradual progression.

"Let's be fair, every manager wants to win a trophy and we're no different," he replied. "I look more at how we're going to continue to try and build the club and keep getting closer to winning trophies.

"We're on a good track at the moment, but the next couple of years will be an important time. We're trying to build a side that's getting stronger. If we can do it sooner, great.

"We've made a swift move from a team around the bottom to a team towards the top end of the Premier League. We're involved in Europe, had a decent run in the Carabao Cup and we're trying to get a good run in the FA Cup - if we can - as well.

"Every football club wants to reach those heights, not just West Ham. A lot of clubs have had big falls from grace, similar clubs to West Ham and have dropped to lower levels.

"But here since we've come in, we've had a really good year. We've been involved in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup, got to a good stage of the FA Cup and we're involved in Europe.

"The club's doing a really good job. We hope to strengthen and to do better in years to come and we want to be more around the Cup competitions, but even through history, it's been the top teams who have tended to win the competitions.

"Not always though, so we have to try and get ourselves in a position where we've got more of a chance of reaching semi-finals and finals - and hopefully winning them, as well."

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With tough ties away to Liverpool and Seville in the Premier League and Europa League to follow Wednesday's trip to the south coast respectively, Moyes also admitted he would like to be a little more well equipped with regards to the size of his first team squad.

Yet he retains full faith in the players who have taken the club to a position whereby they still have an interest in three competitions in March.

"It would be unfair [to mention West Ham only] as a lot of clubs didn't buy players in January," he replied, when asked if he had sufficient numbers to cope with the forthcoming schedule.

"We were very serious about trying to bring players to the club in January but for different reasons, it did not happen. We know we are a little bit short of where we would like to be.

"But he squad I have at the moment have done a brilliant job over the last two years - and I have no reason to think they will not do a brilliant job in the coming three months between now and the end of the season."

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