West Ham manager Slaven Bilic believes squad can move up Premier League table
PUBLISHED: 17:30 25 November 2016
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Former Hammers defender concentrating on team and knows they will start getting points on the board soon
West Ham boss Slaven Bilic has hope and belief that his side can drag themselves out of trouble in the Premier League.
The Hammers are languishing just outside the relegation zone following their 3-2 derby defeat at Tottenham last weekend and visit Manchester United on Sunday, with matches against Arsenal and Liverpool to follow on successive weekends.
But Bilic feels they have put ‘Black September’ firmly behind them in terms of their performances and is looking upwards.
He said: “Since Crystal Palace, we have improved a lot, even points wise, but September put us in this position and we need more points than normal to get out of it.
“That run of games against Watford, West Brom, Southampton and Middlesbrough, from four games we got only one point, that put us in this position.
“I said after Spurs, it was a mixture of feelings. You’re gutted, disappointed that we lost the game, that we shouldn’t lose, but did it give me hope and belief in the team? Of course it did.”
Michail Antonio headed West Ham in front at White Hart Lane and Manuel Lanzini restored their lead from the penalty spot after Harry Winks had levelled early in the second half.
But Harry Kane’s late double earned the hosts the points, with West Ham’s day going from bad to worse as Winston Reid saw red for a second booking.
The latest defeat increased the pressure on Bilic, but he remains positive about turning things around.
He added: “It’s still very tight. If we win at Tottenham I think we could have been 12th but we are in the position that we are.
“It’s still early days but we have to start picking up the points. Like many other clubs we can find where we deserve more and where we were unlucky, but the table doesn’t lie.
“You concentrate on your next few games. Anything can happen to change from good times to bad times and bad times to good times.
“When we were doing really good I didn’t think about my chance for a new contract, because I have a contract.
“In this situation, when we’re not doing particularly well, if we are talking about points and our position in the table, all I’m concentrating on the team and how we are playing and how to lift the team up after a defeat.”
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