English Premiership

Bilic: A brave point against Leicester

2016-04-18 10:45
Slaven Bilic (TEAMtalk)

Cape Town - West Ham manager Slaven Bilic thought his team showed quality to earn a 2-2 draw with Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Sunday, but he wanted the win.

The Hammers looked to have won it late on when Aaron Cresswell found the net in the 86th minute after Andy Carroll had tucked away a penalty to cancel out Jamie Vardy's early opener, with the England striker then getting sent off in the 56th minute.

But the Foxes were awarded a penalty in the fifth minute of added time for Carroll's foul on Jeffrey Schlupp, and Leonardo Ulloa converted from the spot to salvage a point for the title chasers.

"To get a point at Leicester, you've got to be brave, you've got to have quality," Bilic said. "It's great for us to bounce back after the defeat to Manchester United.

"To play like we did and not stop at 1-1 was brilliant. Of course we are pleased. On the other hand I don't remember when I felt so frustrated as I think we fully deserved three points."

"On the one hand I am proud of my team as it is a very hard game. In the last six games when Leicester score, it is normally game over.

"But before [Vardy's] sending-off we were putting them under pressure. We didn't lose our composure, we were playing our game. Apart from the goal, we coped pretty well with their counter attacks.

"Especially after the sending-off we totally dominated the game. We came back with a controversial penalty but then we didn't stop. We showed character and quality and pushed the full-backs even more up.

"At that moment I thought we had done more than enough to win the game but then the moment came with that controversial penalty. It was a great game of football with everything; with intensity, with penalties and red cards."

 

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