After last night's heroics from Reece Burke in extra time, the Hammers face some real fireworks in the next round of the FA cup as they are set to face Wigan Athletic. The Latics may have slipped into the third tier of English football but that did not stop them dishing out a 3-0 hiding to Bournemouth this evening.
Since their rather costly FA cup win in 2013 - the year that also saw them relegated from the Premiership, Wigan have had little to cheer, enduring a yoyo existence between the Championship and League one. They were relegated back to League one again last year but are currently top - just above Shrewsbury who were the Hammers victims of the last round.
Perhaps the most notable happening at the DW stadium has been the imposition of major bans for fans engaging in pyrotechnics as the club was identified as amongst the top three users of smoke bombs in a 2016 report (along with Everton and Man United!).
Despite the away fixture, the Hammers will fancy their chances against the Latics who rank Northern Ireland's Will Grigg amongst their top threats and have based this season's success on their well organised tight defence (only 12 goals conceded in 26 games!). Whatever else, the game will provide much needed additional game time for the Hammers many rising stars.