Pardew: Win was for families
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Alan Pardew dedicated West Ham's win to the families of Ron Greenwood and John Lyall.
West Ham boss Alan Pardew dedicated his side's FA Cup semi-final victory over Middlesbrough to the families of Ron Greenwood and John Lyall after Marlon Harewood sent The Hammers through to face Liverpool at The Millennium Stadium.
The London side have enjoyed a tremendous season under the former Reading boss but their joy at being back in The Premiership has been tempered by the tragic loss of their two former managers.
With West Ham now within touching distance of a major trophy, and with Uefa Cup football guaranteed, Pardew dedicated the victory at Villa Park to the memory of Greenwood and Lyall.
"Of course, we lost Ron and John, I put one little word on my notes today, maybe it was our destiny to get there," Pardew told Sky Sports.
"That was the word really and I'm pleased for their families in particular because there is nothing worse than losing a family member as big as that.
"So to the families of Greenwood and Lyall, we did it for you."
After being promoted from The Championship last season The Hammers could now end the term with their first piece of major silverware since 1980, and Pardew praised his side after they overcame a poor first half to set up a meeting with Rafa Benitez's Reds on May 13.
"It's been an absolutely fantastic season, our fans have had a great day here today and second half we produced what we are about," Pardew added.
"We were disappointed first half but second half we raised the tempo, caused problems for them and got the goal.
"I think the important factor was that we didn't change our shape, but we weren't dealing with it well with our shape so second half we pushed our full backs on a bit and raised the tempo and really you have to look at the players and say they won that.
"They turned it round themselves, dug them out of a little hole and got a great win.
"We are so pleased, it's a fantastic achievement for a team that has just got promoted and we look forward to the final."
Harewood was the hero of the hour and the striker could barely contain his glee as he reflected on the win for the London side.
"I can't explain it, oh my god it's a fantastic day," said a jubilant Harewood.
"The lads put all the effort in and to get a goal, I'm loving it. I don't know where it came from at least I've got the goal and I'm happy, I can't believe it.
"It tops our season, the way we have been playing all year we just have to keep going, its awesome, I can't explain it."
Harewood is also confident West ham can spring a shock and defeat Liverpool at The Millennium Stadium.
"Oh yeah it's possible, anyone can do it, The way we have done this season anything is possible."