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Stuart Pearce praises West Ham ‘honesty’ as Pep Guardiola bids farewell to ‘incredible’ Man City Cup run

“The resilience of the team for 90 minutes, even though we missed a few decent chances, with the honesty and resilience of the team, they deserved to cross the line,” said Pearce.

“It was a very good night for the club, 60,000 in the ground, you couldn’t get a ticket to the game. It is absolutely superb and the players deserve the credit.

“They are an exceptional Man City team, they came with a very solid roster. It was potentially a mark of respect for us knowing they were going to have a tough game.

“Man City have the majority of possession whenever they face anyone in the world, so you have to suffer without the ball.”

Pearce also paid tribute to club captain Mark Noble, who came off the bench in the Premier League encounter with Manchester United earlier this season and missed a dying penalty to save a point, but here gave the example, slamming home his kick to put City on the path to shootout glory.

“He’s been a wonderful captain for this club, amazing, a great role model,” added Pearce.

“I know as a coach we have worked together at the Under-21 level so we have a long bond and he inspires from within.

“He didn’t have a lot of playing time, but when he was asked to come and lead the team he was amazing.”

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