Joint-Chairman excited by FA Cup draw

Joint-Chairman David Gold believes the Hammers will be full of confidence if they can beat United and face Everton in the FA Cup semi-finals

West Ham United Joint-Chairman David Gold is excited by the FA Cup semi-final draw and feels the Club will relish the chance to take on Everton if they can beat Manchester United in the quarter-final replay.

The Hammers will face United next month after Anthony Martial scored a late equaliser to cancel out another wonder goal from Dimitri Payet at Old Trafford.

Although Mr Gold was disappointed to only come away with a draw, he is full of confidence ahead of the last ever cup tie to be played at the Boleyn Ground and knows it is going to be another memorable evening under the lights.

The winners of that tie have been drawn to face Everton in the semi-finals and Mr Gold said he had a feeling the Merseyside Club would be pulled out of the hat.

He said: “ I said to my daughter and son-in-law that I bet the winners of our game would face Everton.

“We have not had an easy route having played both Liverpool and Manchester United away from home and we will certainly have to do it the hard way.

“But I am very confident we can get the right result in the replay under the lights in the last ever FA Cup tie to be played at the Boleyn Ground.

“Hopefully it will be a great ending to a memorable last season at Upton Park and there is no doubts we have the quality to win the FA Cup this season.

“You cannot rely on luck and it is down to skill and the will to win and we have got both of those. It is another tough draw but I would say 'bring it on.'

“I am sure Everton would not want to face us if we get through, especially after our impressive comeback at Goodison Park last weekend.

“We are still only 90 minutes away from playing at Wembley. I am sure a lot of fans would have taken this situation at the start of the season that we would be sitting fifth in the table and facing Manchester United in an FA Cup quarter-final replay.

“But we are now dreaming of bigger things and the difference is we have won the right to dream.”