Brian Dear: West Ham must take the cups seriously

Oxford United v West Ham United – Kassam Stadium – Carabao Cup third round – Wednesday (7:45pm)

Oxford United v West Ham United – Preview:

BRIAN DEAR is delighted with West Ham United’s Premier League form but insisted a cup run of some sort will be more than welcome as the east London outfit continue to immerge as one of the counties top sides.

Having seen off Newport County in the previous round, West Ham head to a buoyant Oxford United – the U’s fresh from a resounding 6-0 away Sky Bet League One victory over Lincoln City, and Dear recognised that Manuel Pellegrini’s men will have to be on their guard if they are to make further progress.

“I’m sure West Ham will make changes, but whoever plays, must take the cups seriously,” Dear told Yellow Sport.

“I expect us to win, it will be tight. Oxford have knocked out Peterborough and Millwall – they will fancy causing an upset and their crowd will get behind them.

“But the truth is, West Ham are the favourites. The fans want to see us challenge for a trophy and although the improvement in the Premier League is clear to see, these competitions offer us the best chance of achieving that.”

Dear continued: “Losing at Wimbledon in the FA Cup last season is still fresh in our minds. I don’t think the player’s mindset was right that night. Manuel has worked on that but it should be highlighted as an example of what can happen if you don’t focus on the job in hand and show little respect for the opposition.

“As I said, Oxford will be up for it after thrashing Lincoln. We might have to take the sting out of the match early on. But come the final whistle, I expect West Ham to be in the hat for round four and eyeing up a run to the latter stages.”

Oxford United v West Ham United – Head to head:

Oxford United won: 4
Drawn: 2
West Ham United won: 9

Oxford United v West Ham United – Last five meetings (all competitions):

October 31, 1990 – League Cup
Oxford United 2-1 West Ham United

March 13, 1991 – League Division Twp
Oxford United 2-1 West Ham United

November 21, 1992 – League Division One
West Ham United 5-3 Oxford United

March 23, 1993 – League Division One
Oxford United 1-0 West Ham United

August 24, 2010 – League Cup
West Ham United 1-0 Oxford United

Brian Dear’s prediction: Oxford United 1-2 West Ham United
Jeevesie’s prediction: Oxford United 1-3 West Ham United

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