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We're in it to win it, insist Pearce

Filed: Thursday, 25th January 2018
By: Staff Writer

David Moyes is set to field a second string at the DW Stadium this weekend when West Ham tackle League One Wigan Athletic in the 4th round of the FA Cup.

Already hamstrung by a lengthy list of injuries, Moyes saw Manu Lanzini and Marko Arnautovic join the out-of-action following last weekend's 1-1 draw against Bournemouth - who, coincidentally, were beaten by Wigan in the previous round after a replay.

All of which means probably starts for the likes of Toni Martinez, Josh Cullen and Domingos Quina when the Hammers travel north tomorrow -a "great opportunity" to impress, according to first team coach Stuart Pearce.

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"Iíve never been one of those coaches who worries about having certain players out through injury," Pearce told whufc.com. "And make no mistake, we have got a few injuries at the moment.

"I always see it as a great opportunity for players to come in and stake a claim, especially young players."

Pearce - who made his name at Nottingham Forest, where Sam Allardyce controversially fielded a team of inexperienced youngsters in the same competition four years ago - also dismissed suggestions that the club were preparing to 'throw' the tie in order to concentrate on retaining their Premier League status.

"Itís a game this club wants to win, of course," he insisted. "You tell me of a football club which goes into a game not wanting to win it - that is a club where there is something inherently wrong.

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"I thought the 3rd round draw (Shrewsbury away) was an absolute stinker, I know how strong Shrewsbury and Wigan are. The Shrewsbury games turned out exactly how I expected them to be, home and away, and Wigan will be no different.

"They will be a team looking to take a Premier League scalp and weíre going to have to be fully at it to get a result, there is no doubt about that.

"If we can win, ticking rounds off in the FA Cup can galvanise a football club. There might be a dismissive mentality in the early rounds, but as the rounds tick on, youíve only got to look at the semi final and final line-ups see how seriously the FA Cup is taken at the business end."

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