English Premiership

Bilic: It's very difficult to take

2016-11-21 08:38
Slaven Bilic (Getty Images)

Cape Town - West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic cut a downcast figure after watching his side concede two late goals to fall to a 3-2 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

The Hammers were 2-1 up and cruising before Harry Kane levelled matters in the 89th minute, which was followed by Havard Nordtveit conceding a penalty less than 120 second later. Kane calmly converted from the spot to condemn West Ham to an agonising defeat.

"You can imagine it's very difficult to take this kind of defeat in a derby when there are four minutes to go and you're a goal up and you're thinking about killing the game," Bilic said after the match.

"We had really good opportunities to kill the game off but unfortunately it wasn't to be. For the penalty, Son did a really good move and our player went down a little bit too quickly.

"Our penalty, to be fair, I didn't see. All I have seen is their penalty after the game and it was a penalty, it was a very clever move from Son. The foul from Reid is a big blow, because he was excellent."

The loss is especially tough to take considering their fixture list over the next couple of weeks. First up is a league and EFL Cup double header against Manchester United, before two more league games against Arsenal and Liverpool.

"We have a tough schedule but we showed we can put in a really good performance," he added.

"We played well today. It would have been important to win this game, but there were a lot of positives. We don't have to be afraid of any of the teams coming up in our fixture list."

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