Winston Reid lauded in embarrassing FA Cup loss for West Ham United
New Zealand footballer Winston Reid has shown grit in the face of embarrassing defeat as his West Ham United were crushed 5-0 by Manchester City for their worst home defeat in FA Cup history.
In a match with little to celebrate for the Hammers, Reid shone with goal saving blocks and tackles in a spirited defensive effort that earned the All White rich praise from the club faithful.
ACTUALLY LOVE WINSTON REID— Brad (@Brad_WHU) December 27, 2016
WHAT A MAN ❤
Reid set the standard for his defence early in the encounter at London Stadium on Friday (NZT Saturday) when he blocked a Pablo Zabaleta shot about 10 minutes in.
Reid's heroics were matched soon after when West Ham goalkeeper Adrian blocked a top strike from David Silva.
Reid received rich praise from fans during the match as the West Ham faithful shared their thoughts online.
"Actually love Winston Reid - what a man," @Brad_WHU said on Twitter.
"Winston Reid has been an absolute brick wall so far. Outstanding," @WHUFC_News said.
"West Ham would be nothing without Winston Reid," @OfficialHDean said.
West Ham's defence held for 32 minutes, but in the 33rd the deadlock was broken when Yaya Toure stepped up at the spot and converted the penalty.
The penalty was awarded when Pablo Zabaleta powered into the box and had his heels clipped by Pedro Obiang, leaving Toure to step up and blast his effort past Adrian.
City survived a solitary scare when the hosts' Sofiane Feghouli inexplicably shot wide from in front of an open goal, but went in at the break with a 3-0 advantage after an own goal from Havard Nordtveit and an effort from Silva.
Sergio Aguero then flicked the ball home early in the second half to become the third highest scorer in City's history and defender John Stones netted his first for the club with a header from a corner with seven minutes remaining.
Aguero's milestone goal was one more than Colin Bell. Only Tommy Johnson (166) and Eric Brook (178) have more.
City now advance to the fourth round of the FA Cup.
ONLINE PRAISE FOR REID
Winston Reid has been an absolute brick wall so far. Outstanding.— West Ham News (@WHUFC_News) January 6, 2017
West Ham would be nothing without Winston Reid. #Player🔥— Harlee Dean (@OfficialHDean) January 6, 2017
I love Winston Reid so much. What a defender.— West Ham Forum (@WestHam_Forum) January 6, 2017
It's been an absolute joy having Winston Reid back to his best this season. Not many better CBs in the league on his day.— Iron Views (@ironviews) January 6, 2017
Winston Reid is the only player who can walk of with their head held high.— ㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤ (@whxfc) January 6, 2017
The rest haven't been up to scratch.