It can’t be easy watching your side being battered from pillar to post in the latter stages of a cup competition, but hey, look on the bright side Hammers fans, it could always be worse!
So sit back, relax and take in our list of the five things which we spotted during the match which overshadowed the shellacking suffered by Sam Allardyce’s men.
By Stuart Hynd – @supers0nic_
Andy Carroll’s Ugly Beard
Andy Carroll hasn’t played much football this season due to injury, and sadly that spell out of the spot-light allowed the Hammers front-man to grow one of the ugliest excuses for facial hair we may have ever seen.
Even Twitter hated it:
Oops, no, I think that ninth goal is a bridge too far for West Ham. Even Andy Carroll's magic pube beard can't turn this around.
— Bad Bob (@jonny_why) January 21, 2014
Andy Carroll's beard just reinforces the fact that God's chosen 'career path' for him was working the dodgems whilst smoking rollies #whufc
— Stevo (@StevoCook) January 21, 2014
Back underway at Upton Park, but without Andy Carroll and his terrible, terrible beard.
— Coral (@Coral) January 21, 2014
Stuart Pearce’s Suit
The ex-City manager hasn’t had the best of luck since leaving England’s U21’s in 2013, and it would appear his wardrobe isn’t doing him any favours in looking for new employment. C’mon Pearcey, get it together!
Stuart Pearce is as good at picking ties as he is managing!
— Ben Burgess (@benkburgess) January 21, 2014
I love Stuart Pearce #psycho but he looks like he's raided the lost property box tonight.
— John Pogmore (@John_Pogmore) January 21, 2014
Is Stuart Pearce the only man who looks scruffier in a suit than a tracksuit??
— ant Henderson (@MrHenderson89) January 21, 2014
Stewart Downing Being Brought On
To put this into perspective, West Ham were down and out when this substitution was made and Downing has shown glimpses of half-decent form this season. Still, I don’t think the presence of Downing inspired much confidence.
Stewart Downing is on , anything could happen in this game now !
— Jeff Diggle (@jeffdiggle) January 21, 2014
Losing 8-0 on aggregate and your manager brings on Stewart Downing and Carlton Cole. #PrayForWestHam
— Footy Humour (@FootyHumour) January 21, 2014
Only West Ham can bring on Stewart Downing when they're 8-0 down. That's like punching yourself in your face in a boxing match
— Cartlon Cole (@_CarltonCole9) January 21, 2014
Stevan Jovetic Making The Field
The injury prone, forgotten-man of the Etihad finally made an appearance for City during the match, and it seems we weren’t alone in believing the Montenegrin had been wiped off the face of the planet long ago…
BREAKING NEWS: Stevan Jovetic found alive and well in East London
— Matt (@mattmcfc98) January 21, 2014
Stevan Jovetic has cost Manchester City £135k per minute so far having signed for £22.4m and getting £120k per week in wages
— BETFUZE (@BETFUZE) January 21, 2014
City taking drastic measures to make sure Jovetic gets through the game in one piece… pic.twitter.com/cjmwT8iGOm
— Dan Draper (@DannyM__MCFC) January 21, 2014
The Performance Of Marcos Lopes
Despite the array of City talent on show at Upton Park, it was 18-year-old Portuguese midfielder, Marcos Lopes, who stole the show. Lopes was awarded with the Man of The Match at the end of the game and the praise also continued on Twitter after the final whistle…
Marcos Lopes (Man City) has the same amount of assists this season as Adnan Januzaj (Man Utd) with 2. Just with a lot less fuss.
— Andy MacNab (@MacNab63) January 21, 2014
I cant believe that a 18-year-old got man of the match. That Marcos Lopes looked excellent. #whufc
— Joe (@joegrover7) January 21, 2014
Playing with an intelligence beyond his years: Marcos Lopes, only 18. Two assists so far tonight for #mcfc.
— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) January 21, 2014