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Published: 08:40 | 10/2/16

Bilic proud of his Hammers


Slaven Bilic has spoken of his pride after seeing West Ham defeat Liverpool in their FA Cup fourth round replay at Upton Park.

With the sides level at 1-1 in the closing stages of extra time, a penalty shootout looked inevitable, but an Angelo Ogbonna head in injury time gave the Hammers a 2-1 win to set up a fifth round tie with Blackburn Rovers.

Bilic believes the game will go down as one of the club's greatest ever wins and he paid tribute to his player's efforts across the 120 minutes.

"It will go into the history of West Ham's greatest games. Against Liverpool, the last season at Upton Park, night kick-off, a goal in the last minute.

"They left their heart on the pitch.

"I'm a down-to-earth guy, but tonight was a big, big match and I was a bit emotional at the end of the game, I'll admit it.

"The players made the fans proud of them and we want to progress even further. If we produce a performance like this then we are capable of beating any team in England."

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp felt his side were made to pay for failing to take advantage of a number of goalscoring opportunities.

"We created chances, but we didn’t score goals – that’s the major mistake you can make in football. But it’s better to create chances and to miss than to not create chances," he reflected.

"If you want, we can see positives. We are Liverpool FC and in this moment it’s not the sunniest side – a 2-0 lead [lost against Sunderland], manager in hospital, out of the FA Cup, but tomorrow when we get up, the sun will shine.

"If we want at Liverpool, all together, then we can take a lot of positive things out of this game and make the next step. We can rest a lot of players now because we will have the first matchday – I don’t know when it is – when we are not involved.

"We have to use the time, we have to take the time, we have to make steps. That’s what we’ve done until now. We don’t like our results too much, to be honest, but it is the difficult way we have to go and in the end, it can be the right way."

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