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ALL in all, Sheffield Wednesday’s fans are delighted to have been paired with West Ham in the third round of the FA Cup.

The tie will be played at Hillsborough on January 7/8 and the Owls faithful reckon they could cause an upset.

Steelcityblue, on thestar.co.uk, said: “Tasty draw... should be a good battle..Can we win? Why not..”

Gerimo added: “West Ham at home, brilliant draw, 30,000 crowd; nice little earner.”

An upbeat handsworth posted: “It would have been a sticky tie even if Sam Allardyce had not joined West Ham but he has made an amazing difference to the team. Although we are at home we shall have to be at our best to beat them, but you never know.

“This must be our best run for some seasons and what makes it better is that we seem to have a settled team of players who want to play for Wednesday and a manager who is a Wednesdayite through and through.”

Crookesowl is also relishing the prospect of entertaining the Hammers, who are second in the Championship, and posted on Owlstalk: “This will be a very tough test, and will show which of our permanent players are good enough for championship football.

“Decent draw. Home and against tough opposition.”

By contrast, owlsmaniac is not enamoured by the draw and said: “I like West Ham but they are hardly the most glamorous club.

“They will turn up, we’ll huff and puff and they will nick it with a late scrappy goal. Happens every year.”

Bonvin added: “Happy enough with the draw, should be good match think both teams have similar styles, they have the better squad as it stands and we have home advantage and hopefully will still be unbeaten.”

Sheffield United also have a home fixture and will meet either Salisbury City or Grimsby Town in the New Year.

On thestar.co.uk, Silverblade said it was a ‘good result’ to come from behind and beat Torquay United at an emotional Bramall Lane and he hailed the performance of two-goal striker Ched Evans, saying: “He is on fire at the moment long may it continue.”

Meanwhile on Bladesmad, bomber_command is warning United not to underestimate who ever they get in the next round of Britain’s oldest cup competition and said: “We’re on a hiding to nothing. Could be a major upset so let’s not take it too lightly.”