Alex Jakubiak is dreaming of a cup run in Paisley- but the Watford loanee has already faced a tough West Ham test in cup competition this term.
The Hornets man netted his first goal for St Mirren since arriving from Vicarage Road at the weekend. His effort ensured that a 1-1 Scottish Cup draw was had with Motherwell.
Jim Goodwin’s side will face the Well on February 18th for a place in the competition’s quarter finals. It’s not the only domestic knockout tournament Jakubiak has been involved with this season.
He also featured for Gillingham against West Ham in the FA Cup. The striker is hoping for a confidence-boosting cup run in Paisley as he details his Hammers test.
“We kept pushing, we were positive,” said Jakubiak. “It paid off in the end and we’ll take the draw. My shot took a deflection and went through one of their legs. We’re looking forward to the replay.
“A cup run would bring us great confidence. Obviously the league would be our focus, but sometimes you need that cup run. It gives you confidence. I played West Ham with Gillingham a few months ago.
“I’d say that’s one of the bigger games in terms of a cup game I’ve been involved with. They sold out the stadium. Usually the attendance was 4,000-5,000. It was double that and West Ham brought a good backing.
“It was a good atmosphere, a great occasion. Premier League opposition is the best in the world so it was a great test for myself personally and the team. I was up against Angelo Ogbonna, Fabian Balbuena and Issa Diop.
“It was a back three, it was tough. We lost 2-0 but it was a good experience and learning curve.”