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Evening Standard reporter Ken Dyer looks ahead to the Aston Villa game on Tuesday night

Evening Standard reporter Ken Dyer has been covering West Ham United over land and sea for more than 40 years and gives his views on the FA Cup draw with Liverpool and looks ahead to the Aston Villa game on Tuesday night....

It was a fair result on the day against Liverpool. Darren Randolph had to make a couple of good saves and probably Liverpool had the bulk of possession.

But with West Ham losing a couple of players in the first half, it disrupted them quite a bit and it was a fair result in the end.

Nobody wants a replay, least of all Liverpool but West Ham must fancy their chances at home.

Let's hope we can carry on in the competition and it will not be our last ever cup tie at the Boleyn Ground.

Before then we switch our attentions back to the Premier League and start with another important home game against Aston Villa on Tuesday night.

Mark Noble said to me the other week that he told Slaven Bilic at the start of the season that our most difficult games would be against teams at the bottom of the table, because they are all fighting for their lives and Villa are certainly in dire straits at the moment.

The manager needs points badly and I am sure West Ham will not be complacent. We have been on a great run and it will give them a lot of confidence.

What gives you added confidence is that Carroll and Sakho are not far away and Emenike will be ready soon.

We have been short in that area for a large part of the season so it is coming together at the right time.

If you have got flair upfront and are solid at the back then you are on a winner. That is hard to find.

History tells you we have had the flair quite often in the past, but we have not had it at the back. We have been able to beat anyone on our day, but any team has been able to beat us.

We defend well as a team now, not just as a back four and that has made us hard to beat.

February is a big month and they will not be easy games against teams who are struggling. Every month is crucial but this is a pivotal month because if we can stay unbeaten and remain in the FA Cup, then the excitement grows even more and people will say this could really be our season.