Lambert expects tough encounter against strong West Ham side

Paul Lambert expects a tough encounter when West Ham visit Ewood Park in the FA Cup this afternoon.

The former Aston Villa boss is trying to guide Blackburn Rovers away from the Championship’s relegation places but a cup run could be the perfect tonic for the Lancashire-based side.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Lambert highlighted the strength of the team he was up against:

“I don't expect anything less than a really strong West Ham team to come here.

"To be fair to Slaven Bilic he has picked really strong side every time they have been in the cup competition so I don't expect this to be an easy ride and I don't expect him to rest players.”

The last time the two sides met in the FA Cup was back in 2006, with West Ham winning 4-2; it was the year the Hammers went on to lose in the final to Liverpool.

Slaven Bilic’s side currently sit seventh in the Premier League, just a point off Manchester United in fifth place.

The Hammers will feel that they can give the FA Cup a good go due to the security of their league position and the fact that the squad has a lot more strength in depth compared to last season.

Although Lambert is wary of West Ham, he will feel that his side are capable of a cup upset due to home advantage and the incentive of a quarter final being just one win away.


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