West Ham boss Slaven Bilic feels pressure after Tottenham Hotspur defeat, but can see improvements

PUBLISHED: 12:45 25 November 2016 | UPDATED: 13:29 25 November 2016

Slaven Bilic at his Press Conference at Rush Green

Slaven Bilic at his Press Conference at Rush Green


Hammers are just above relegation zone in Premier League, yet ex-Croatia manager is confident they can move up the table quickly

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic admits he feels under pressure, but is concentrating only on trying to improve the club’s Premier League position.

Bilic takes his side to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United this weekend, with some reports suggesting his position as manager is under threat.

The Hammers lie just above the relegation zone following last weekend’s heartbreaking injury-time defeat at Tottenham and Bilic said: “I feel the pressure, of course, because at the moment we are not producing, we are not delivering, we don’t have enough points to feel happy.

“But on the other hand I see a big improvement in the way we play. Against Spurs we were very hungry, very alive, the points were there for us in a very difficult away game.

“That’s what I’m concentrated about, to continue to play like this but also to improve and not make mistakes like we did against Spurs, that’s how I take my job in the good times and bad times.

“I speak to the owners, mostly Mr Sullivan, regularly after every game, and I feel supported and I’m concentrating on my job.”

Goals from Michail Antonio and Manuel Lanzini looked set to earn Bilic’s men a morale-boosting derby success at White Hart Lane, before Harry Kane’s late equaliser and injury-time penalty earned Spurs the points.

But Bilic says the squad have moved on from that setback and are ready for another huge test on Sunday and in the weeks to follow.

And he feels they can take something from this weekend’s encounter, adding: “We were very low and the defeat is still there. Any game, especially against Spurs in the derby and in the position that we are, we need points, it was a shock and it hurt.

“But we lifted ourselves up a couple of days after. We have a great chance to make it up on Sunday. Are we over it? Yes, we have to be, we have a massive game on Sunday and then on Wednesday.

“We were looking to beat Spurs, we want to take something positive. We know it’s going to be hard Sunday, then in the cup, then against Arsenal and Liverpool, but also against Hull and Burnley.

“It is a difficult league, the most difficult, and that’s why it’s the most interesting in the world of football.

“If we play like we played on Saturday and avoid the mistakes, with a little bit of luck, I’m confident we can get a result in every game.”

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