Brian Dear: Focus must return to the cup despite transfer torture

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Kidderminster Harriers v West Ham United – Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round – Aggborough Stadium – Saturday (12:30pm) – Preview

Brian Dear is concerned that West Ham United’s romantic Emirates FA Cup fourth-round tie with Kidderminster Harriers has been somewhat lost amidst fans’ anguish over the January transfer window.

The Hammers failed to recruit during the final hours of the window, despite being linked to Jesse Lingard, Darwin Nunez and Hugo Ekitike, with a section of the support questioning the clubs’ ambition as they look to chase down a European berth for teh second successive campaign.

“I think we are all frustrated because the squad clearly needs some fresh legs,” Dear told Yellow Sport.

“We are having a really good season. A bit of extra quality would give us a great chance of finishing in the top six again. It hasn’t really sent out a positive message to the supporters. I just wonder what the likes of Declan Rice and Jarrod Bowen are thinking? Either way, it whole scenario has overshadowed Saturday’s cup match, which is a bit of a shame.

The Hammers head to Aggborough to face a Harriers side going great guns in the National League North: “This is their cup final,” Dear added.

“I’m sure Kidderminster would be the first to admit that they felt the same ahead of the last round against Reading. But a bit of legendary FA Cup magic saw them come from behind to pull off a famous victory, setting up this tie and allowing them to rub shoulders with a Premier League club.

“I don’t think too many people give Kidderminster much hope. Indeed, I can’t see West Ham slipping up. But we mustn’t be complacent. It proved costly to Reading. They know the pressure is all on us. We have to take it seriously.

“The FA Cup remains West Ham’s best chance of success. We must select a strong team. Respect the competition and respect the fact Kidderminstwer will be giving it everything they’ve got.

“The ground will be packed, mostly with fans hoping for a huge upset. It’s a great occasion for Kidderminster. It’s what the FA Cup is all about. But we must ensure that we don’t become another statistic in a competition renowned for throwing up the unexpected.”

Brian Dear’s prediction: Kidderminster Harriers 0-3 West Ham United
Jeevesie’s prediction: Kidderminster Harriers 0-4 West Ham United

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