Gutted is not a word I have used at Football since Mr Gerrard smashed in a 40 yarder past us in Cardiff in the FA Cup Final in 2006. That was a game we had led and should have won, and one moment of brilliance meant FA Cup glory eluded the Hammers once more.
This time, it was the Cup again, and our opponents were also from the North West. Valencia started, which never bodes well and hopefully tonight has seen the end of him. Antonio played at right back again, which meant we were a bit makeshift and very narrow, which United exploited by playing very wide on both flanks.
We seemed a bit leggy, and probably not surprising considering our 3 3 game against Arsenal, and even though we saw a lot of the ball, the final ball was just not there.
United weren’t exactly setting the world on fire either, and there were few chances in the first half except a one on one for Martial that Randolph smothered well.
The second half was more United’s, and they took the lead when Rashford scored a bit of special goal after 10 minutes, finding the top corner from a decent angle.
Fellani followed it up with a second 13 minutes later. Not sure who was most worried, us as we were going out or the United fans thinking they would have to put up with him for another year!
Once again we tried to make a game of it, and came alive with 10 to go when Tomkins put his head where most people wouldn’t park a car to get us back into the game. But it was too little too late, or was it ? Koutaye had a headed goal ruled offside, Smalling got away with a blatant handball with about a minute to go (refs again, not going there ) and WHU kept piling it on. But the game was summed up by a wasted corner right at the end. You have all the boys in the box, and Payet pinged it out to Noble whose shot troubled a ball boy. De Hea made a world class save to deny an goal bound Antonio flick, and that was that.
The game will never go down as a classic, but we gave it a go, but were found wanting and on the whole the right team won. So why am I gutted, it never normally bothers me. I’ll tell you why. Thats it for us, Upton Park, and the FA Cup. The reality of the move is setting in, and for the first time since i was a kid I was genuinely upset leaving the ground.
Brooking, Taylor and Ronnie Boyce won our 3 and we will never see the Cup lifted in the West Stand ever again.
No real MOTM, so i’ll give it to Rashford for his goal.