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Bilic admits he has “big” problem

Slaven Bilic hopes his popularity when he was a West Ham player will help him seal the manager's jobSlaven Bilic has admitted he has a “big” problem and is living with it 24/7.

The manager is a very worried man and said after yesterday’s game at the Hawthorns: “If we continue to defend like this as a team we can’t win a Premier League game. The problem is big.

“We can’t say it is unlucky with some situations, or improve individual mistakes and we are going to be all right. It happens so many times since the start of the season – too many times.

“We are weak and we have a problem. I don’t want us to react, I want us to act. It is no time to panic but we have to act.

“We need to be aware of the situation and I don’t want to sound pessimistic, but I am and I have to live with this 24/7.”


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The Hammers defenders were savaged on Match of the Day by former England and Newcastle striker Alan Shearer who said our defence was “a horror show”.

He snapped: : “I know they have injuries and two new full-backs but this is not a problem that has happened this season. It started at the end of last season. They have conceded at least two goals in 12 of their last 15 Premier League games.

“It was a horror show, so bad it was like watching an under-10s team. It was laughable and extraordinary.

“I have not seen defending like that for a long time. It was so bad it was unbelievable.”

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2 comments on “Bilic admits he has “big” problem

  1. As a defender Bilic should know.
    He should also know that a 17 year old novice is not going to be the solution. I’m sure he wishes he had Tomks to call on ( always strong and dependable )
    All our goals were individual mistakes ( 3 for Masuaku. 1 for Ogbonna ), but the teamwork was better ( except for the 4th goal where all the team were up for a corner ). The attack was at least more cohesive and threatend.
    Most will agree that Masuaku had looked good till now, but his attacking game has masked the fact that he still has it to prove about his defending. This won’t help.
    WBA were prepared to sit back and counter-attack even at home, after seeing our defensive record so far.
    I myself am still looking foward to seeing us sort it out. The sooner Carroll comes back and especially Creswell, the better.
    Home to Accringtons Stanley would be a disaster if we lost, but I think even we will win that one, and can be the start of the season we need.

  2. I he been a fan of Masuaku up to now,despite the poor start we’ve had.But I’ve looked 2-3 times at the handball incident and to me it looked very deliberate, ii wonder the motive? . COYI

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