Date: 20th January 2014 at 1:13pm
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Tomorrow night (Tuesday) could have been a wonderful experience.

West Ham United could have been standing on the edge of a Wembley appearance in a domestic cup final, for the first time in decades.

Unfortunately, it all went pear-shaped in the first leg when, days after being walloped by Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup, we crashed to a 6-0 defeat at the Etihad Stadium, against Manchester City.

That result leaves us needing something akin to a miracle of the greatest proportions, or in simple terms something that you just know is never going to happen. You just have to accept that Manchester City do not lose games, anymore, 7-0!

Which leaves Sam Allardyce in, something of; a predicament with regards to his team selection!

Does Big Sam just wash his hands of this one, knowing it`s a situation we can`t redeem, thereby opting to give the youngsters the opportunity to get a full ninety minutes, knowing Premier League survival is our number one priority?

Or is Sam, deep down, fearful of receiving another hefty defeat against a City side that, no doubt, will make changes but have far more depth to their squad than we do?

It`s an interesting dilemma but there`s also another one to consider.

Now normally a domestic cup semi-final would see a full house, with the Hammers support keen to cheer their side on, but things are different for this one.

The home support haven`t seen a home win since Fulham were beaten, football is an expensive game, ticket prices are costly and disposable cash in the working mans` pocket is shrinking

Which leads me to offer two very leading questions:-

1 – Which starting eleven do you think Sam will go for considering the circumstances?

2 – Does anyone care to guess the size of the attendance for this one?