Pearce proud of players
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Manchester City boss Stuart Pearce insists he is proud of his players despite defeat.
Manchester City boss Stuart Pearce insists he is proud of his players despite their defeat to West Ham in the FA Cup quarter finals.
A Dean Ashton double was enough to ensure West Ham progressed but Pearce was in no way complaining after the game.
Pearce believes his team, reduced to ten men in the second half when Sun Jihai was sent-off, gave their all in trying to claw their way back once West Ham went two up.
"I was proud of my players after we went down to ten-men,'' said Pearce.
''We put them under pressure and West Ham looked nervous when we scored.
"We thought we would get more chances on goal but it just didn't happen and my players are devastated.
"When the score went to 2-0 in West Ham's favour we were left chasing."
Peace elected to use Kizito Musampa in central midfield and whilst it was his mistake that led to West Ham's second Pearce, again, has no regrets.
"Kiki quite enjoys playing in a central area and he has been doing very well for me to be fair,'' added Pearce on Sky Sports News.
"He got himself a great goal which near enough got us back in the game."