Speaking at a Q&A session at the Etihad on Monday 6, former Hammers defender Tony Cottee said: "The Capital One Cup needs to be the springboard for West Ham’s season."
"It is an achievement to be in the semi-final of this competition and it would be wonderful to get to the Final," he said.
"These players can make history for West Ham football club.”
The comments come ahead of West Ham's semi-final clash with Manchester City.
Cottee conceded that it would be a tough game against free-scoring City, but the players must deliver a performance for the fans.
“West Ham fans deserve better than the FA Cup performance [5-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest].
"It’s not easy for fans to go and watch that sort of a performance," he said.
He reiterated the need for a good performance from the players, and stated that they are all fully behind manager Sam Allardyce.
"They need to put their recent poor performances behind them against Manchester City," he said.
"They owe Sam a performance."
The West Ham boss will be buoyed by the support he has received in recent days, from the owners and fan favourites like Cottee.
When asked about the Hammers' opponents, Cottee said: "City have been playing with increased pace this season and pressing much higher.
"The fans are lucky to be watching such a fantastic team."
Manchester City legend Mike Summerbee felt similarly about his side's style of play.
“The team is attacking much quicker this season and playing some really attacking, entertaining football," he said.
"If it is ever quiet in the crowd – it is because the fans are in awe of what they are watching!”
Manchester City host West Ham United for the first leg of the Capital One Cup semi final at the Etihad Stadium, on Wednesday night at 19:45.
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