Slaven Bilic has again acknowledged the difference Diafra Sakho makes to his West Ham side and wants him back for the match against Everton.
However, he has refused to blame Andy Carroll’s mistake which led to the first goal as the reason why we lost the game declaring: “It cost us big time but we didn’t lose because of that.”
Sakho’s energy and relentless running has been regularly mentioned as a key factor in the teams successes this season and even Palace defender Damien Delaney paid special attention to his contribution following the in at Selhurst Park.
Bilic said: “We missed Sakho up front. He is one of those players who has that kind of energy and he is the man who is pressing up front, although Andy was very brave. So he (Sakho) was missed and I hope he is going to be back for Everton.
In the unlikely event of Sakho missing the game it could well be that Enner Valencia may get the shout as his game appears ‘closer’ to that of the the main man.
Although the team lacked it’s normal urgency and creative flair against Watford it has to be remembered that we were missing our best defender and striker.
With the two of them back at the Bolyen at the weekend I am convinced we can get a result against our bogey team.