Hammer Blow for Bilic & Co

Slaven Bilic said he was left feeling “very disappointed, angry and frustrated” following West Ham’s 1-0 defeat at the hands of Leicester City on Saturday.

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Slaven Bilic shares a joke with his counterpart Claudio Ranieri during the game at the King Power Stadium – dailymail.co.uk

The Hammers boss believed that Islam Slimani’s winner was coming but felt his side deserved something from the game overall.

“They started better, we knew that they would start aggressive. They were better for first 20 minutes and deserved the goal. After that, for 70 minutes, we were the better team, we just couldn’t break them; they defend like always with bodies and a lot of people in the box. We were missing that final ball or great shot to equalise.

“In the second half we didn’t have a clear-cut chance which is very hard when they defend in numbers. All the time we were coming with the ball, with combinations in very good areas. From the quantity of them [chances], we expect one of them to end up with a goal but it wasn’t to be.”

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Bilic made no complaints about Daniel Amartey’s challenge which forced captain Mark Noble off – leicestermercury.co.uk

When asked about Daniel Amartey’s tackle on Mark Noble, which forced the Hammers’ skipper off, Bilic explained that it was just a challenge and made no complaints, gracious in defeat.

“Some people are trying to say it was a bad-tempered game, I didn’t see it like that I saw it as very important game for both sides,” said Bilic. “A few players from our side and one or two more from their side went for full-speed tackling but on the ball.”

Josh Jones

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