Tony: A Useful Draw?

Tony Gale says the revenue from a potential trip to Old Trafford in the FA cup could be useful - but sees the replay with Fulham as a potentially even game.

With the Hammers drawn to face Manchester United away for the third time in four years - last season's 6-0 defeat was preceded by the happier memory of a Paolo Di Canio inspired 1-0 win two years earlier - the pairing of the two teams, at the same venue, certainly defies the odds.

"It is one of those that smacks you in the eyes, I suppose," he says.

"You want a nice easy one to help you progress to the semi-final - or a money-spinner.

"We have got the money-spinner, against one of the best two sides in the country."

As for the heavy defeat last year, Tony says:

"I can't see that happening again, it was a woeful performance where we just laid down and died, quite honestly."

Tony was mightily impressed by the West ham fans outshouting Fulham's on Saturday, even though only a limited number of tickets were available, and he adds:

"It is not over yet with the Fulham game, there is still an even sort of betting match in that one.

"Fulham have played better away from home and they will play better in front of a crowd, because it was miserly on Saturday.

"The 3,000 West Ham fans made a lot more noise than the Fulham fans and I think players react to fans so they will enjoy the game at West Ham more than they did at Loftus Road.

"I think it has swung in West Ham's favour now because it is at home and obviously we will have the majority of fans roaring us on for the replay.

"Now it is up to West Ham to take the initiative and dispose of Fulham because it is a massive carrot, the next round, another great day out."

That Edwin van der Sar was generally regarded as the man of the match, is, says Tony, significant.

"That tells a story; I don't think we dominated the game as such but we certainly dominated the chances in a scrappy match," he reckons.

"I thought it lacked, at times, a little bit of passion because of the quietness of the Fulham crowd which didn't generate a lot of atmosphere.

"The chances fell to West Ham and let's hope we are not made to pay in the replay."