West Ham are 15th in the top flight after something of an upturn in form since Moyes’ arrival, but the Hammers are hardly invulnerable to disaster. Meanwhile, Moyes has already tasted FA Cup defeat to Shrewsbury once in his managerial career, when in 2003 his nascent Everton side were beaten by the Shrews in the third round.
A repeat of that result this afternoon would be a blow to fan morale at West Ham, even if Moyes might tacitly appreciate the chance to focus on the Premier League relegation battle. With wind back in their sails after a listless last few months under Slaven Bilic, however, it would be a waste to allow that momentum to dissipate in the face of the quietly confident Shrews.
When he took over at New Meadow in October 2016, Shrewsbury manager Paul Hurst inherited a team which were rock bottom of the third division. Having escaped relegation that season after finishing in the lower-mid table – a fate which Moyes would take in a heartbeat right now – Hurst will no doubt feel that his side are capable of upsetting the odds and making national headlines.