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Frank McAvennie has urged West Ham to go strong in the FA Cup after drawing Doncaster Rovers in the fourth round of the competition.

On Monday night, the Irons left it late to beat Stockport 1-0 away at Edgeley Park and will now host League One’s Doncaster at the London Stadium later this month.

If they win that game, they’ll play either Manchester United or Liverpool away in the fifth round but McAvennie believes the Hammers have what it takes to go far in the FA Cup and the idea of fans being back in stadiums at the end of the campaign should motivate them.

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“Doncaster at home next. I keep saying it – get a cup run,” McAvennie told West Ham Zone.

“I know the fans are not there but it may be different in the summer when there’s the final. It would be great if the fans are back in.”

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West Ham will do well to get past the fifth round of the FA Cup with the prospect of playing away against Man United or Liverpool a daunting one.

However, you have to be able to beat big clubs to be able to go on a cup run. You cannot expect to draw non-league or League One sides every single round.

There’s going to be a point where David Moyes and his players will have to face the bigger sides but on their day, the Irons can stand up to the Premier League’s traditional ‘big-six’.

This season, the Irons have drawn with Tottenham and Manchester City while making Man United work hard to beat them at the London Stadium.

West Ham have had a good season so far. It would be amazing if they could top it off by performing well and maybe reaching Wembley in the FA Cup.

In other West Ham news, Irons target Boulaye Dia could cost £10million.

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