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West Ham defender Johnson: World class depth won Man Utd FA Cup tie

West Ham defender Ben Johnson felt defeat to Manchester United in the FA Cup was a "missed opportunity".

The Hammers were ahead 1-0 before United stormed back to win 3-1.

Johnson told whufc.com: "We thought we had a great chance in the FA Cup.

"We've obviously seen the results of the teams who have been knocked out and it's a missed opportunity.

"When we come here it seems like we never get the rewards we deserve in the results. We've come here a few times and been so close, only to lose goals in the last minute through no fault of anyone.

"We defended so well and played some great stuff – what we're doing is coming together but it's unfortunate that we didn't get the result today and didn't go through.

"We could have gone into the last 20 minutes 3-0 up, but we didn't, so when you go into that period at 1-0, the pressure is always going to come.

"They brought on world-class players and you have to defend as well as you can, but sometimes it's a bit of quality [from the opposition].

"They scored a great second goal which took it away from us and it's unfortunate conceding from a set piece and then again in the dying moments.

"It's really frustrating, but we've got to move on. We've got a game in three days and we've definitely got something to build on.

"We win as a team and we lose as a team.

"These are the moments where the dressing room really comes together. Obviously it was great when we won against Forest on Saturday, but to come here and play like we did and show a lot of character, means probably more to the boys and the coaching staff.

"Emotions run high, and the disappointment will be there in the next few hours, but as we review the game we'll see how well we've done and we always play well here – we just need to build on it and hopefully be on the right end of the result [when we next come to Old Trafford]."

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