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Pulis calls for Hawthorns FA Cup fever

13 February 2015

Tickets still available for FA Cup showdown

TONY Pulis is urging Albion fans not to let The Hawthorns become a corner of the east end this Saturday.

Fresh from an impressive victory over Swansea which took the Baggies four points clear of the Premier League drop zone, Albion turn their attentions to Saturday’s FA Cup cracker against West Ham.

The Hammers are guaranteed the boisterous backing of 5,000 travelling fans packed in the Smethwick End as the two Premier League rivals go head-to-head for a place in the quarter-finals.

Pulis is worried that could be as big a lift for Sam Allardyce’s team as Albion’s 5,500 travelling contingent provided in the previous round at Birmingham City.

But Albion’s Head Coach has been buoyed by a crackling Hawthorns atmosphere against Swansea this week – and he is hoping for more of the same against West Ham.

"It was terrific to hear the fans really getting into it on Wednesday night – that is much more like what we want," he said.

"It’s always a two-way thing with the players getting the supporters going and then feeding off the noise to play even better.

"Now we have this tough tie and it won’t be made any easier by the fact that West Ham will have a small army of fans stacked behind one goal.

"They are a top side having a very impressive season and it will be a lift for them. But I know that if our fans are ‘at it’ like they were on Wednesday they will really lift our boys."

Tickets for the 12.45pm kick-off have been checked at £20 (adults) £15 (seniors) £10 (Under21s, students) and £5 for the Under 17s and remain on general sale to Albion fans up until kick off.

Pulis added: "We are a couple of games from Wembley with the semi-finals staged there.

"If we can get through this challenge and get a favourable draw...who knows what might be ahead?  It is the excitement of the Cup and I know this club has a great history in the competition.

"I was brought up on the FA Cup and love the competition as well. I’m really looking forward to a top occasion on Saturday – I hope our fans are too. The players should be in confident mood after the performance against Swansea and I hope they and the supporters can pick it up where they left off on Wednesday."

Tickets are available online (click here), in person from the East Stand ticket office and by calling 0121 227 2227.

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