We're ready to end West Ham's FA Cup dreams! Burnley boss Howe warns Hammers ahead of fifth-round clash

Full of confidence: Burnley boss Eddie Howe

Full of confidence: Burnley boss Eddie Howe

Burnley boss Eddie Howe has warned West Ham that his side are hitting peak form ahead of their FA Cup fifth-round clash at Upton Park.

Promotion remains the priority for the Clarets following their relegation from the Barclays Premier League last season.

They lie six points adrift of sixth-placed Leeds but Howe's arrival at Turf Moor last month has breathed new life into the club.

Howe's men have collected seven points from their last three games and the former Bournemouth manager sees no reason why his men cannot stun Avram Grant's side.

'It's a game we are looking to do well in,' said Howe. 'There is a good team spirit and a desire there to achieve something this season.

'We are building momentum, we are in a good run of form and we want that to continue.'

Howe, 33, has won many admirers in the game for his success at Bournemouth and his early impact at Burnley has encouraged hopes of an immediate return to the top flight.

'We are in a group of teams who all believe they have got a genuine chance,' said Howe.

'Only six teams are going to make it, obviously the top two and the other four, and you've got to aim for that group.

'It's going to be difficult. We are playing catch-up, we are still points behind, so we are going to have to continue our good form and continue it right until the end of the season.

'There's a lot of talk that we should be in the Premier League but we have to prove it. You can't just say things, it has to be done out on the pitch.'

Since Howe's appointment in January, the Clarets have been beaten only once in seven games.

'I knew it was a challenge when I took the job but we've enjoyed that challenge. I'm sure there are plenty more to come, but at the moment it's going well,' Howe added.

In form: Chris Eagles celebrates scoring Burnley's second goal in their 3-1 win at Watford earlier this month

In form: Chris Eagles celebrates scoring Burnley's second goal in their 3-1 win at Watford earlier this month

Burnley defender David Edgar could feature for the Clarets. Edgar was set to move to npower Championship rivals Swansea on loan but the deal collapsed because of red tape and he has returned to Turf Moor.

Recent signings Charlie Austin and Marvin Bartley are both cup-tied and Howe may call on Edgar's services.

He said: 'David is back with us so we are pleased to have him back in the squad. With two lads dropping out it will be good to have him around.'

Clarets striker Martin Paterson could be out for the rest of the season following the recurrence of a thigh injury and midfielder Chris McCann also remains sidelined.