FA Cup visit to West Ham will be a timely test

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Whilst Billy Davies might not be so happy that Forest's progress in the FA Cup will mean more games in what already promises to be a congested second half of the season, the draw will give him a precious opportunity to measure the progress of his Forest side.

The postponements in December will have clogged up the few free weekends between now and the end of the season regardless of whether Forest embark on a prolonged cup run.

However, it is not too outrageous to suggest that Billy Davies will be grateful for the fourth round draw which pairs Forest with Premiership strugglers West Ham.

In many ways, the result will be of secondary importance to the performance Forest produce. In this context, it is better that Forest are drawn against the Hammers than a more attractive tie with Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea or Manchester City to name but a few examples.  

After all, the hope for Forest is that they will be competing in the Premier League next season, and while Blackpool, Newcastle and West Brom are showing that it is possible to make the step up and not look out of place, it is far more common for promoted teams to spend their first season scrapping away at the bottom of the table.

As such it is more important that Forest ascertain that they are of comparable level to the likes of West Ham.

Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.


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