West Ham United defender George McCartney said the manner of defeat to Manchester City in the first leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final on Wednesday was hard to take.

The Londoners were beaten 6-0 at the Etihad Stadium to all but dash their cup dreams as City's rampant forwards cashed in.

Alvaro Negredo bagged a hat-trick while Edin Dzeko got in on the act with two goals of his own to add to Yaya Toure's solo effort.

McCartney, who was deployed as an emergency centre half once more with James Tomkins, James Collins and Winston Reid all injured, admitted that City's forward players had too much for the visitors on a bitterly disappointing evening.

He said: "I think there wasn't much in it for the first ten minutes but once they got the first goal it sent them on their way and we found it difficult to get close to them really.

"They pass it really well, the forward players have really good movement and we just weren't able to deal with it on Wednesday night.

"It's just a disappointment all around. It's the semi-final of the cup and as much we tried to put the effort in, we just weren't good enough.

"Throughout the first part of the season, when you look at their home results, they've scored a lot of goals against Manchester United, Tottenham, Arsenal and Norwich. It's not as if it's the first time they've scored six goals at home. They're a very good team with great players and we found it very difficult on Wednesday.

"We certainly didn't play anywhere near as well as we can, but take nothing away from Man City, they were really good. Their finishing was exceptional."

The Hammers will have to put this disappointment behind them quickly with a vital Barclays Premier League clash at Cardiff City coming up on Saturday.

McCartney was grateful for the support received from the stands on a trying evening, and says the players are determined to turn it around for them as quickly as possible.

He added: "The players and the staff all appreciate the support the fans give us. They haven't had much to cheer about for the last few weeks but the lads are trying to turn that around.

"We're going through a difficult time at the minute and trying to come through the other end. The Premier League is very important and we've got a massive game on Saturday.

"It's not going to be easy [to forget about this] as defeats like that are hard to take. We need to move on to the Cardiff game on Saturday and we need three points."

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