West Ham manager Slaven Bilic believes he has a squad capable of challenging for the FA Cup this season after progressing to the fourth round with a 1-0 victory over Wolves.
Bilic made seven changes to his starting 11 in the 1-0 win over Championship side Wolves at the Boleyn Ground as Nikica Jelavic’s late winner secured the Hammers’s place in the fourth round.
Due to the club’s injury crisis this season, the players Bilic called upon have already made an impact this season, with the exception of back-up goalkeeper Darren Randolph.
With star forwards Dimitri Payet and Andy Carroll as well as defender Winston Reid returning from injury, the Hammers injury crisis looks to be behind them.
Victor Moses, Diafra Sakho and Manuel Lanzini are also close to full fitness, and Bilic believes that the Hammers can cap their final season at Upton Park with FA Cup glory.
“We don’t play in Europe, we are not in a situation of Liverpool who have two cups and Europe and all that,” said the 47-year-old.
“It’s good that we put the players who didn’t play last week into the team but it wasn’t a big risk because when we had all those players out injured all those other players played.
“Not one of them was short of match fitness, they are all regulars, and that’s why it was much easier for them to start the game.
“Some of them did really well, nobody was disappointing. Some made a plus, some a smaller plus, but all came out with a plus.”