West Ham triumphed in a dramatic penalty shootout against cup holders Manchester City to enter the quarter finals of the Carabao Cup.

In what was another memorable moment in a season where the sky seems to have no limits to what this team can achieve, our Irons produced a hard fought and courageous performance to dethrone a Manchester City side who have not lost in this competition for 5 years.

The line-up from Pep Guardiola certainly suggested that the Premier League champions were not taking this tie lightly, with the likes of De Bruyne, Gündogan, Mahrez and Sterling all starting against a West Ham side with vast changes that faced off against Spurs at the weekend.

However despite City’s expected high possession rate, West Ham were very much an equal match, providing City a tough obstacle to overcome.

There were however chances for both sides to snatch victory, with John Stones heading at close ranch producing a fantastic save from the very impressive Areola between the posts.

Tomas Soucek was guilty of missing a couple of very good chances however after 90 minutes there was nothing to separate the sides, with a penalty shootout on the cards to decide the tie.

First up stepped captain Mark Noble in his final season before retiring, who tucked away his penalty comfortably. Phil Foden was chosen to start proceedings for the visitors, however he missed, which proved to be the deciding factor of the contest.

West Ham went on to score all 4 remaining penalties, from Bowen, Dawson, Cresswell and Benrahma, to send our Irons into the quarter finals of the Carabao Cup.

London Stadium was electric and roared in delight as the squad mobbed Benrahma to celebrate a famous cup win over the reigning league champions.

The current mood and momentum surrounding the club at present was summed up perfectly by the Man City manager at the end, stating: “They are doing well in the Premier League, the Europa League and now they are in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup.

“A fantastic team, a fantastic manager.”

Written by Mark Carlaw