October 7, 2022

Alan Pardew has detailed how an change with Steven Gerrard after the 2006 FA Cup last satisfied him that the Liverpool legend was ‘a particular individual’.

Pardew was managing West Ham United once they confronted the Reds 16 years in the past on the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff in a showpiece occasion that can go down in historical past as one of many biggest ever.

Gerrard scored a sensational strike towards West Ham

He lifted the trophy but saved time to speak to Pardew after the game


He lifted the trophy however saved time to talk to Pardew after the sport

The Hammers took a shock 2-0 lead that afternoon, earlier than the sport was drawn stage at 2-2 with Gerrard getting the objective.

West Ham then took the lead once more by way of Paul Konchesky, earlier than Gerrard clawed the sport again as soon as once more with a beautiful long-range volley that soared previous Shaka Hislop within the Irons’ objective.

With the scores stage at 3-3, the sport ended up going to penalties, with Liverpool popping out victorious and West Ham coming away from the thriller feeling down and despondent.

As Rafa Benitez’s aspect celebrated their victory, Pardew was pondering what had simply occurred when he was approached by Gerrard in a second that confirmed the now-Aston Villa boss’s class.

Chatting with The Solar, Pardew stated: “He was very humble to me after the sport. He knew we had come so shut. He got here as much as me and he wasn’t stuffed with beans, leaping round. Nothing like that.

“He simply stated ‘it was our day and sorry for you guys’. I’ve at all times revered him for that. It takes a particular individual to do this after they’ve overwhelmed you in a Cup last.

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Pardew was gutted to lose on penalties as his West Ham side lost out to Liverpool

Pardew was gutted to lose on penalties as his West Ham aspect misplaced out to Liverpool

“He made a degree of coming to me on the pitch, he walked over and stated that to me and people moments, even in defeat, stay.

“There have been solely two phrases I may say — ‘thanks’. Then I added ‘go and revel in your celebrations’.

“It was nonetheless behind my thoughts when he acquired the supervisor’s job at Rangers and now at Villa.

“What he did speaks volumes for him. Listening to him discuss in interviews proves he has all of the instruments to be a prime supervisor.

Classic video: Steven Gerrard's stunner in the 2006 FA Cup final

Gerrard’s stunner made the distinction on the day

“It’s a must to be humble. You don’t win on a regular basis. Most of the time you lose until you’re at a giant membership.

“It was painful as a result of we misplaced however not due to our  efficiency.

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“We did an excellent job, we had been thirty seconds or so away from it. It will have been a recreation changer for West Ham and me personally. I’m nonetheless happy with the crew that performed that day.”

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