Hammers laughed at trophy claim
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Danny Gabbidon scoffed when Alan Pardew said West Ham could win a trophy.
Danny Gabbidon admits the players scoffed when Alan Pardew told them West Ham United could win a trophy this season.
The Hammers booked an FA Cup final date with Liverpool after overcoming Middlesbrough 1-0 in the semi-final on Sunday.
Victory at The Millennium Stadium would cap a fine first season back in The Premiership for the club, but Welsh defender Gabbidon did not believe it was possible.
"The gaffer said we could win a trophy this year, but we all cracked up laughing as we couldn't believe it," Gabbidon told Sky Sports News.
"To actually get into a final is fantastic for the club in the first season back in The Premiership.
"It's a great day for the players and for the fans."
Marlon Harewood struck the decisive goal at Villa Park with an emphatic finish and the match-winner was delighted with his effort.
"The lads put all the effort in," said Harewood. "It's been fantastic to get a goal, I'm loving it.
"I don't know where it came from myself. I just hoped we'd win today and I got the goal. I can't believe it."
Hammers midfielder Hayden Mullins believes a place in the Uefa Cup, in addition to a cup final appearance, is just reward for the players' endeavour this season.
Mullins said: "I think it's massive for the boys. It's a great bonus for the work we've put in this year.
"I think the boys have worked so hard this year and done well in the league.
"To get to the final of the FA Cup is amazing for us."