Kidderminster Harriers v West Ham United – Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round – Aggborough Stadium – Reaction
Kidderminster Harriers 1-2 West Ham United
With just seconds remaining, it looked like West Ham United were about to be on the receiving end of arguably the biggest upset in FA Cup history.
Alex Penny’s first-half goal separated the East Londoners from Kidderminster Harriers – six divisions lower in the footballing pyramid – with stoppage-time almost up.
But the Harriers fairytale finish turned into a nightmare as Declan Rice emphatically finished to take the tie into extra-time before Jarrod Bowen delivered the killer blow seconds from the end of extra-time.
“It was difficult, not our best, but we’re thankful that we’re through to the next round,” A relieved Hammers boss, David Moyes explained.
“We kept going and got a little bit better at times and created one or two more chances but it looked as though it wasn’t going to be our day.
In truth, I think Kidderminster deserved the opportunity to take it to penalty kicks.”
Moyes was far from happy with his side, adding: “We lost a poor first goal, which gave them a lift up and meant we had to chase things a bit more.
“We found a lot of things difficult today – but we never use it as an excuse because all the players would be used to it.
“Nearly all the team we had playing today had been the players playing in the European games, so I saw it as not a big problem that they were coming here to play in the cup tie.”
Moyes paid respect to Kidderminster, saying: “I’ve been on the other side as well and when you get these opportunities you want to showcase yourself.
“Kidderminster were excellent today, they prepared well for us. They’ve had games when we haven’t so we should have come into it as the fresher team but they looked more ready for the whole situation.
“They worked hard for it, carried a bit of luck which you need, but in the end, we just got there.
“But we won’t get very far if we play like that too often and thankfully we haven’t played like that too often. Hopefully, we don’t do it again.”