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Bilic moans: “The game was over!”

antonio2707abcSlaven Bilic put the last gasp loss of a point at Selhurst Park firmly on the shoulders of a bad decision by Michail Antonio as the Irons slumped to what feels like the umpteenth last gasp defeat.

He was careful not to personalise his remarks claiming that “we  made the wrong decision” but of course it was the Hammer of the Year who was in control of the ball as the game went into its final stage with just seconds left.

And afterwards he said: “We knew that the game was not over at 2-0 up at half-time. I am very disappointed with the penalty, but the way we conceded the leveller was very disappointing.

“We needed to keep the ball and we made the wrong decision, with Michail Antonio choosing to cross the ball rather than keep it.

“We have to manage the game on the pitch. The game was finished.”


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10 comments on “Bilic moans: “The game was over!”

  1. Disapointing when the coach starts blaming his players publicly ?
    Its a few times now he’s used players for his defencive swerve from the truth! Its constant bilic and its down to you and you’re staff ! Dead man walking talk IMO !😎

    • I’m with you Laz,64 and Max.Taxi for Mr Bilic.

    • He should never have blamed Antonio, because we could have been losing by then, and Palace deserved something for the way they came back into the game. At half-time we were in control and they were dying fast.
      That was until the digraceful unnecessary penalty, for which Bilic could and should have dealt out the blame.

  2. Its never ending.Another injury time goal conceded.We never learn so who takes the blame for that?.Time for a new man with fresh ideas.

  3. Bilic has really gone too far on his comments (explicit or otherwise).
    Antonio was clearly not fit enough to be playing any part in that game!
    You could see how lame he was by the fact that he was not able to sprint at all, very unlike Michail!
    So I’m afraid, that it was Bilic who erred in using Antonio, and, accordingly, should accept his role.
    He could have used players like Haksabanovic, Holland in his squad, and this would have not put himself in the position where he ended up gambling on Antonio’s impaired fitness.
    In addition, Antonio is not noted for his defensive prowess, and playing him as aright wing-back, forced Michail into deep defensive positions which we know he does not excel at.

    • His defending is certainly no worse than Masuaku’s.
      I know everyone gets emotional when we should have taken all 3 points, but the fact remains that the penalty let them back in the game, and that was the turning point. After that point we were being hammered.

  4. by the way Hugh, ‘ the game was over ‘ ?
    I only heard him say ‘ We knew that the game was not over at 2-0 up at half-time ‘. just like in your report. It would have been very bad if he had said the game was over.

  5. Bilic has to go, but he is right to point the finger at Antonio for his crass stupidity in not keeping the ball at the end. It was nothing to do with a lack of fitness, it was a lack of intelligence and he should be accountable for his errors. What Bilic did wrong was not doing the same with Ogbanna whose tackle was equally stupid and, as it transpired, was the turning point. These players need to cut out the endless individual errors they’re making and I’m with him on this, because it’s happening week after week and they cannot hide anynlonger

  6. I fear a penalty at every set piece with Ogbonna. He is constantly shirt tugging, grappling, or hugging opponents. He can’t keep getting away with it.

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