Pearce poetic after penalty drama

West Ham United v Manchester City – Carabao Cup fourth round – London Stadium – Reaction

West Ham United 0-0 Manchester City
(West Ham United won on 5-3 on penalties)

It was quite poetic that it was Stuart Pearce who faced the media after West Ham United had upset Manchester City’s Carabao Cup applecart via a dramatic penalty shootout.

Pearce, of course, had tasted both sides as an England player, but on this occasion looked on as the Hammers inflicted City’s first defeat in the competition since October 2016.

A well-contested goalless encounter was settled by Said Benrahma’s spot-kick. Once again, the London Stadium was the scene of a dramatic conclusion to a terrific game of football: “We feel as though we’re in a building process if I’m being honest with you,” Pearce explained.

“There’s a real level of honesty in the dressing room hard work as well underpins everything that we do at the football club. We will not get washed away with it.

“We know there are big challenges up ahead, but we feel as though, certainly, the manager does, and I speak on his behalf tonight, that he is developing this club and growing this football club.”

It was another sell-out occasion: “I believe 60,000 people in the stadium and you could not get a ticket for the game so it was absolutely superb.

“The players deserve all the credit and myself, as a coach, I have probably got to give a bit of credit to our manager as well.

You know, he drives this football club on a daily basis. And to be honest with you, anyone that’s approaching 1000 matches has to be taken very seriously – he’s done a wonderful job at the club.”

Brian Jeeves

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