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Last Updated: Saturday, 13 May 2006, 17:08 GMT 18:08 UK
Cup loss hard to take for Pardew
West Ham manager Alan Pardew
Pardew's side came desperately close to winning the FA Cup
West Ham boss Alan Pardew said Steven Gerrard's last-gasp equaliser for Liverpool in stoppage time had robbed his side of FA Cup success.

Pardew said: "It felt like a defeat when the third goal went in. We rallied and had a great chance in extra time.

"We had to dig in. This was a top team we were playing, but I felt we were going to win. Only a 35-yard Gerrard smasher was going to change that.

"The players have been magnificent - we are proud of the way we played."

Pardew added: "We can take a lot from this game. The first trophy is always the hardest to win.

Our best chance was on penalties as we did not have any energy left
Steven Gerrard

"But this team will come back - we produced a performance to show we can live with the big boys."

West Ham captain Nigel Reo-Coker was inconsolable as he tried to come to terms with his team's FA Cup final defeat to Liverpool on penalties after the game ended at 3-3.

Reo-Coker told BBC Sport: "I can't describe it how I feel at the moment - gutted because I think we deserved to win this game.

It is a cruel game and we were outstanding
Teddy Sheringham

"The players put in a fantastic effort, but it just wasn't to be for us.

"It was a marvellous FA Cup final and we gave all we could. I hope everyone was proud - it just wasn't our day."

West Ham were leading in stoppage time at 3-2, before Steven Gerrard's superb equaliser - the second time the Liverpool captain had pulled his side level.

Like Pardew, Teddy Sheringham was convinced West Ham had won the game.

"It is a cruel game and we were outstanding. We had to dig deep, but we just couldn't dig deep enough.

"It was a great FA Cup final and there were fantastic moments going on all over the pitch."

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