Now Slav admits his big selection headache


Bilic bewilderedSlaven Bilic has admitted he has a positive headache ahead of the game against Palace tomorrow following the Wembley performance on Wednesday evening.

The manager is feeling much like the Irons fans who gave ClaretandHugh their teams for the match – with barely one of them alike.

We published those a couple of hours back and now Bilic has told the London Evening Standard how his selection problems feel ahead of tomorrow.

He said: “The result and our second-half performance have given me what I call a ‘positive’ headache.

Nobody who played in the cup tie was injured, so we are going to monitor the players carefully before we decide on our team to play Crystal Palace.”

Looking back on Wednesday he said: ” We didn’t let the game pass us by. As comebacks go it was up there with the best I can remember, but we did something similar in my first season at West Ham when we played Everton at Goodison Park.

I don’t know if the fans can remember this but we were losing 2-0 and then Everton were awarded a penalty to make it three.

Romelu Lukaku missed the spot-kick, though, and okay, Kevin Mirallas received two yellows and was sent off, but even when it was 2-0 to them, I can remember thinking there is still hope here.

Probably Spurs thought they had the game won and were thinking a little about the weekend — and Real Madrid next week.

Okay, I would accept that Spurs lost a little focus, but I wouldn’t want that to detract from our performance.

I was surprised that Spurs put out such a strong team but it was because it was West Ham. We also had a good side out and I wanted to give some players a chance, because they did well in the previous round against Bolton.”

As a result he is being forced into major decisions which have been bending the minds of us here at CandH and clearly among our followers.


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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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