Zola Left To Pick Up The Pieces After Cup Shocker!

Last updated : 26 February 2009 By Boro Mad

Hammers boss Zola, who won the FA Cup twice as a Chelsea player, was disappointed not to have the chance to repeat the feat in his first season as a manager, but could not fault the attitude of his players.

Gianfranco Zola: "It's a big blow for me.

"I know how special it is winning this cup and I wanted my players to have that same pleasure that I had a few years ago.

"It certainly wasn't our best performance, but to be honest, it's the second time in a few days that we have started with an opposition player putting the ball in the top corner and after that, straight away conceding a second goal.

"That would make it difficult for anybody, especially confidence-wise.

"It wasn't a great performance, but I believe the players gave everything, which is very encouraging."