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Blues were up for the cup

Reporter: Les Chapman
Date online: 10 January 2017

EVERYONE could see Manchester City definitely wanted to win that FA Cup tie at West Ham.

In truth, the Hammers were thrashed. Every player on the City team did well, but in particular I thought David Silva was right back to his best again.

It was clear that boss Pep Guardiola seems to have his sights set on going as far as possible in the FA Cup this year.

He put out a strong side and in the end the lads were comfortable victors.

Of course City will be one of the hot favourites to win the cup again this season. It would be nice to see them go all the way again.

I was thinking about some of my experiences of the FA Cup during my playing days.

To be honest I was on the wrong end of a few shocks. I suffered at the hands of non-league teams more than once.

I recall playing for Rochdale and being beaten by Telford, then when I was playing for Stockport we lost to another set of part-timers, though I can't quite remember what team it was!

The furthest I reached as a player was the fifth round.

That was during my Huddersfield days. We played Stoke and after it went to a second replay at Old Trafford, we got beat 1-0.

Certain people in the game still dismiss the FA Cup, but I still believe it's the best cup competition

It gives everyone a chance to try and get a run going, and when you see some of the shocks it's brilliant.


So it's back to Premier League action for City now, and the next two games are Everton away and Spurs at home.

They're two huge games, and certainly Everton won't be easy on Sunday. City often seem to struggle against the Toffees, and another tough one is in store.


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