PEP GUARDIOLA lauded the ‘fantastic’ David Moyes and West Ham when their side were out on penalties at the London Stadium, ending Manchester City’s four-year dominance in the Carabao Cup.
Hammers led Holders to a goalless penalty shootout in 90 minutes.
Phil Foden could not miss City’s first spot-kick, and West Ham engaged all five of Jack Stephens to book their place in the quarter-finals.
After the nail-biting shootout defeat, Guardiola sang ‘fantastic’ Moyes and his high-flying hammer to praise.
He said: “It was one of the toughest games we had against him.
“They have been doing well in the Premier League, Europa League and now they are in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup.
“They’re a great team with a great manager.
“We played our game and sometimes it happens. When you get a penalty anything can happen. Next season we will be back.”
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West Ham’s last silverware came in the FA Cup four decades ago.
Sir Trevor Brooking got the only goal of the game to see Arsenal go and take Hammer’s third FA Cup trophy.
West Ham coach Stuart Pearce also praised Moyes’ growing influence in the East End club.
Pierce – who played for both clubs and managed City – said: “The team showed so much resilience in 90 minutes.
“We missed some good opportunities and with the integrity of the team, we deserved to move forward.
“It was a really good night for this football club, there were 60,000 people in the stadium. It was absolutely fantastic.
“The players deserve all the credit, and also the credit to the manager. He runs this football club on a daily basis.
“Anyone approaching 1,000 matches has to be taken very seriously, and he has done a great job.
“We feel like we’re in the process of building up here. Everything we do here is grounded in hard work and we won’t get carried away.
“There are big challenges ahead, but he is growing and developing this club.”
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