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Slav explains defending the West Ham Way!

west_ham_way1-300x203Slaven Bilic has been explaining his understanding of the ‘West Ham Way and how it applies to the team’s defensive duties.

And it’s no surprise to hear him speaking of the players being comrades and helping each out in all circumstances.

With the shockwaes of the 4-2 defeat at the Hawthorns slowly subsiding and eyes becoming focused on the little matter of the season’s first Cup competition, the manager has explained his philosophy – if not the fine detail.

He said: “I know what I believe to be the West Ham way – you defend as a unit, like brothers, to be solid and tough men, and then you do it with skill and quality.

“We were doing that for the majority of last season but are not doing it. The first goal was nothing to do with the structure of the team and the fourth one was a bit amateurish.”

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Ok that’s enough words – let’s see some action!


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4 comments on “Slav explains defending the West Ham Way!

  1. What is all this hype about Oxford being courted by the likes of Man Utd, Man City and Arsenal, what can they see that Slaven cannot, play Oxford for gods sake , let him know he is wanted and I know he can play a lot better than any of our back four, he should be the first name on the sheet in defence.
    Come on Slaven play him om Sunday


  2. That’s exactly what it is..hype,along with the press making up stories.Those big clubs may want him but I bet he wouldn’t walk straight in their teams.Having watched him at Rush Green he looks a cut above the rest on the pitch but not this new Ferdinand we seem to read about from people.Nowhere near at the moment.

  3. Different player mature at different ages,there’s only one way to find out if this lad is ready ,Play him,
    Last season I read how Lanzini was to small not strong enough Who got that wrong ?
    I wonder would we have let in 4 goals twice with Oxford and Burke playing ?
    Fletcher has proved already he could play up front now,
    Age is just a number
    We have stuck by players for many games who did not deserve that loyalty but have given others no chance at all even though they never let us down,
    Obiang,Byram,Oxford,Calleri,Feggolui all need a chance,

  4. It’s almost like Oxfords awesome performance away at arsenal last season never happened! Perfect to sit in front of back 4.
    Not sure we can afford Lanzini and Payet in same midfield either.
    Slav needs to be bold ring some changes- the squad is deeper this year and he needs to pick on form not reputation.

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