Slav: ” In the end we just about deserved it”

_84457702_westham (1)Slaven Bilic declared the Hammers players will need to improve their composure levels if they are to progress in Europe.

The manager spoke of “two stupid red cards” we have picked up in our opening two Europa Cup games adding: “We have to adjust, because we cannot react like that to provocation.”

Diafra Sakho’s sending off in the first round and James Tomkins last night drew the comment on Euro provocation: “It will  happen again, 100 per cent. Both of them were a little bit hard for me but we gave them a chance to give us to give red card.”

Slav’s entirely balanced post match opinion was simple as he said: “The most important thing is that we are through They started better, they pressed up front, they definitely knew they would get used to conditions in this heat they started better.

“We took the control of the game, but we didn’t create chances, even though we we were around the box a lot and passing the ball.

“We lacked either the determination or quality to go into the box and create clear cut chances. We were the better team at end of the game, but we didn’t create a lot and we didn’t penetrate enough.

“When it came to the penalties, they are a lottery, but all five guys took them really, really good. I saw confidence in their eyes when I asked them who would take them.

He is reported on the official site as saying: “More than five wanted to take them, we were confident and it happened and we are through.”

“We played 120 minutes, which for a pre-season is good. On this kind of pitch, I can only praise the character to play with a man down, chasing the result, in that kind of humidity.

“We showed character, determination and we didn’t go into second half of extra time, 1-0 and a man down in the heat and give it up. We wanted to turn it around and the end we just about deserved it.”


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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!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

4 comments on “Slav: ” In the end we just about deserved it”

  1. Just hope now we play a stronger team in the next round.The Sam Retirement Home players need to be put to one side if we want to progress.Nolan & Noble in midfield is a nightmare.Pls not that again next match.Astra will walk through us with those two together.

  2. Noble& Nolan were indeed awful together lastnight.Too pedestrian to the point of it being embarressing.Really hope Nobes can get his act together or this five year contract & calls to make him captain are laughable.He needs to seriously up his game.Hope he can because i have always been a big fan of his but he seems to have lost whatever he had.Really disappointing.

  3. Hi guys, used the site for a while but never took the time to register.
    Agreed with posts above, Nobes and Nolan are to slow and lack creativity together. However, Noble is a defensive midfielder nowadays and he spends his whole time ‘looking after’ the quite frankly inept Nolan. The only positive i can see coming out of the game is surely this is the last time we see Nolan in a west ham shirt!!? I don’t think he would get into Birkikara’s team, please stop playing him Slav for all of our sanity’s!

  4. Hugh/Sean what’s the news about ticket prices for the next match?
    I hope they stick with the same pricing as before. Anymore than £10 and I won’t be going. It costs me £50 just to get up there and back.
    Surely with the Bremen game on the Sunday they won’t be so foolish to put it any higher.
    Bremen is too much anyway and if they want a full house again then they should keep it as low as possible.
    Do you guys suggest to them what would be suitable, as a fans point of view?

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