Alan Shearer delivered a passionate speech which shows he gets the West Ham way after Declan Rice’s FA Cup heroics at Kidderminster.
There is no hiding the fact that without Declan Rice West Ham would not be in this morning’s draw for the FA Cup fifth round.
Not only that but West Ham would have been a laughing stock having been on the end of one of the biggest FA Cup shocks of all time.
Trailing 1-0 to a National League North side six divisions and 113 league places below them in the football pyramid with two minutes of stoppage time remaining, West Ham were rescued by a special goal from a special player.
Those were the words of David Moyes after the game.
But it is the words of Premier League great Alan Shearer that will really resonate with West Ham fans this morning.
Hammers supporters were furious with the embarrassing performance of their side. And as far as the fans are concerned, a number of players signed their West Ham goodbye cards with their performances.
Dismissive pundits and rival supporters often belittle West Ham United fans over their ideals, expectations and the ‘West Ham way’.
The inference from those dismissing the West Ham way as a fallacy is that it is some sort of expectation that the Hammers play beautiful, attacking, tika taka football.
But that only demonstrates a lack of knowledge about the club ethos which was cemented into West Ham’s history by the likes of Ron Greenwood and John Lyall.
The West Ham way is as much about working hard, showing pride in the badge, being brave on the ball – and showing for it no matter what the circumstances – as it is free-flowing attacking football.
When things aren’t going to plan or in the face of adversity, the West Ham way is about showing courage and taking responsibility, taking the ball and trying to make something happen.
Well that’s exactly what Rice did when he came on against Kidderminster on a pudding of a pitch which had rendered most of West Ham’s players useless.
Alan Shearer delivers passionate speech which shows he gets the West Ham way after Declan Rice cup heroics
And Shearer’s passionate speech on BBC MOTD shows he gets the West Ham way after Rice’s cup heroics embodied everything about it.
“We’ve spoken so many times about Declan Rice,” Shearer said during the live coverage on BBC Match of the Day.
“His team were in the mire today, his team were in big, big trouble. They had to look to a top player to come on, rattle a few cages, show his teammates what that football club is all about. And he got them back into it with a magnificent goal.
“The way he picked the ball up, the way he drove at Kidderminster because no-one was doing that, no-one did that at all first half for West Ham and it was him and him alone really that got his team back into the game and that’s what big players do, big personalities.
“And that’s why there will be so many teams after him if – and I know it’s a big IF – that he or West Ham ever decide it is time for a change…
“He (Rice) said they got to grips with the game (well) they only got to grips with the game when he came on.
“Because he was the one that was getting on the ball, driving forward, demanding the ball, demanding a better attitude, they’ve got him to thank they’re in the next round.
“Kidderminster were seconds away from creating the biggest FA Cup shock ever and it was down to him.”