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2014-01-21T08:00:00 Updated 2015-02-18T22:56:14

'We're playing for pride'

Razvan Rat insists the Hammers still have plenty to play for in tonight's Capital One Cup semi-final second leg with Manchester City.

Although the tie is virtually over after a 6-0 defeat at the Etihad Stadium, Rat believes a positive result against the in-form Citizens could help turn West Ham's season around.

The defender says that the Londoners will approach the game looking to restore some pride following the disappointment in Manchester.

He said: "When you have a result like we did at Manchester City, you will be criticised. In this situation you will be under pressure from the media and from the fans.

"We need to do more, and we will be playing for our pride on Tuesday. It's true that we had a very bad result in the first game, but I think we should play to show our best.

"Manchester City are a great team with great players, but in every game you must show your best as players and as a team."

While the Hammers are in cup action on Tuesday, the No8 says the focus remains on Premier League survival - and that will remain the most important thing.

He added: "I started from the very bottom and have achieved things that I couldn't imagine.

"I grew up year by year and I grew up in a good way, with good performances at Steaua Bucharest and Shakhtar, winning 15 trophies in ten years.

"Now, I'm very happy to have the chance to play in the Premier League and for West Ham.

"It's not easy to keep the same level for so many years. The Premier League in Romania, Ukraine and here. Now, it's even harder because we're not in a great situation.

"We need to raise the level of our performances to remain in the Premier League."

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