Hammers draw Man City

Last updated : 28 December 2013 By Plymouth_hammer

The Hammers were drawn against Manuel Pelligrini’s side in a two-legged affair starting on the 6th January at the Etihad stadium before returning to the Boleyn Ground on the 20th January.

The Hammers had hoped the draw would be kind to them by pairing both Manchester clubs together but fate saw Sunderland draw Manchester United leaving the Hammers to play City.

Big Sam reflected on the draw, “I think Sunderland would have fancied they'd have got us and we'd have fancied Sunderland but we got Manchester City.  It makes us the underdogs, of course, but underdogs have won in the semi-finals before.  I did it against Aston Villa a few years ago and it was probably the best semi-final first leg you'll see as we won 5-3.

"We'll give it our best shot when that comes around but the most important thing for me is not that just yet.  It's a great night for us, the draw's a tough one and we will look forward to that in January but we've got a lot of Premier League games to focus on before that."