English Premiership

West Hams Bilic reserved after victory

2016-10-17 09:04
Slaven Bilic (Getty Images)

Cape Town - West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic refused to get carried away after his side after his side ended a five-game losing streak in the Premier League on Saturday.

Manuel Lanzini 's 19th minute strike was just about enough to give the Hammers a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace, who should have gone level on the stroked of half time but Christian Benteke missed a penalty.

Bilic gave credit to his players for picking up three points away from home, but was adamant the win would mean nothing if they can't follow it up with a consistent run of positive results.

"It's always the players. I am more than happy to take the whole responsibility when it's not good but it's about the players who tonight showed everything. Showed confidence, showed composure, showed team spirit and showed quality on the ball," he said.

"It's a very cruel league. We spoke about this a few times with the guys in the press conferences at Rush Green. I didn't stop believing. These three points aren't going to change [league position] if we stop doing what we did today. But this league is very cruel.

"If we think for one second that now we are OK and we are going to win points or games just because we turn up, and just because we won. No.

"There is no yesterday in football. But this has to be a pattern for us in a positive way, what we have to do, only to come into a position to win football games in the Premier League. If you're not like this then you don't have a chance."

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