Tony's Nightmare

Former Hammer Tony Gale has described our FA Cup fourth round draw at Manchester United as 'a nightmare!'

"I suppose it is the worst draw you could get," he says, "but the best thing about it is we have been there before and done it.

"I remember when we knocked them out of the cup all those years ago after a draw at Upton Park and a replay at Old Trafford.

"Who can forget the Ray Stewart penalty or of course Paolo scoring past Barthez a couple of seasons ago when he was appealing for offside.

"They are great memories and if West Ham aren't pleased with it I have a sneaky feeling Manchester United won't be either.

"It will be a good game although it wasn't too good in the league up there earlier in the season when I think United were cruising and probably caught West Ham at a very good time.

"But if we put some results together before then I don't see any reason why we can't cause them a shock and maybe cause the upset of the round.

"They are having a little wobble - but we'd like to be wobbling like that, wouldn't we?!

"To be honest, it is a nightmare draw - one of the two best teams in the country out of the bag, and away from home.

"But the fans will be going up there in their thousands again thinking we can do it.

"We just about did it against Forest but it was the bit of luck that we needed and you have to look at individual performances and be pleased with them.

"Jermain Defoe was back on the scoresheet and looked dangerous at every opportunity, and Joe and Michael played well.

"Joe got a goal and Michael has been very impressive in the last month; he may have been a boy starting the season but he is certainly a man now."