West Ham cruise through but Bilic wants more from club record signing

Marie Harrington
September 21, 2017

Slaven Bilic's side played out a tiresome 0-0 draw away at West Brom at the weekend in the Premier League and the Croatian will want to see his men get back to winning ways tonight.

"I am happy for the lads, I am happy for the whole club", Bilic said.

Further goals could have been scored in the opening stages as the Premier League side dominated possession and attacked purposefully.

The 28 year-old has appeared in under half of West Ham's Premier League games for three of the last five seasons after multiple battles with injuries. "We have a quality team with quality players, some players are still missing but we have to keep the clean sheets to stop them from having the ball in risky areas to hurt us". To concede a set play goal was disappointing and for a while after it was tough for us as West Ham were excellent. That will come with confidence, with maintaining that pattern, and with points.

During the second period, it was already clear that the home side had won and manager Slaven Bilic was able to give young winger Nathan Holland his first team debut.

"Of course we have to manage him", he said. He looks good, he looks fit, he is training, hopefully he is going to last because that was his problem for ages.

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Speaking ahead of the Hammers' Carabao Cup tie against Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday, via Club Call, Bilic replied to a question about playing the two strikers together: "It is possible".

"When he has just come back, we will try to avoid him playing three games a week, let's say, for 90 minutes".

"We played good. It wasn't a nice performance but it was a top performance in all other stuff, in the second balls, in determination, in closing them down, in getting the corners and free-kicks and all that".

"I think he was determined to do well after he was sent-off last month and this was a good beginning of the comeback for him, but there is no point or reason to stop, to go "OK, I've done the job".

"You never know in a Cup competition, with a little bit of luck in the draw and a few games, you are there".

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