Slaven Speaks - West Bromwich Albion

Slaven Bilic held his weekly press conference ahead of facing West Brom on Sunday
Ahead of the Hammers’ game with West Bromwich Albion on Sunday, Slaven Bilic held his pre-match press conference.

The manager answered a range of questions from bouncing back from the defeat to Tottenham Hotspur and Alex Song’s fitness ahead of facing the Baggies...

Slaven, you haven’t won in three games, how do you turn that around?

“We’ve only got one point from the last three games which is below our expectations. Every game in the Premier League is tough, but it is still below what we wanted to achieve. We have a home game on Sunday against a very good team, but are plan, of course, is to win it. We need to win it because we haven’t got enough recently.”

After a defeat like last weekend, how do you react in the dressing room?

“Sometime you have to show your emotions, but the feelings were all the same from the staff and the players, we didn’t feel any different. Like the fans, we were hugely disappointed and we were angry to represent West Ham like that.

“Sometimes you can be satisfied with your performance even when you lose, but not last weekend. We had only ourselves to blame, and we all knew that straight away, which was good because we didn’t hide or make any excuses. We will do everything we can do bounce back on Sunday.”  

Is Alex Song near to coming back?

“Alex is a great player, we also have Pedro Obiang coming back too. The situations are a little bit different given the length of injuries they had. Pedro was only out for four weeks, now he is back and looking good in training.

“Alex is back in full training, he played ten minutes against Spurs and in training he is also looking very good. We have to be patient because his break was a lot longer, he hasn’t played for almost half a year, so we will have to make a decision between the two.”

What have you been doing differently from this week to last?

“We haven’t done anything differently, after a game like Spurs you want to put it to bed as quickly as possible because you don’t want to let it affect confidence too much. We always analyse our performances after every game, and that’s no different win or lose. We already knew mainly where we went wrong anyway.”

How confident are you that you can bounce back on Sunday?

“I am very confident, I am very optimistic generally. I believe in our players, I know what we are capable of doing. We haven’t dropped in form because it is only a few games, but we have dropped points. I am also confident because in our last two home games, against Everton and Chelsea we played really good so we shouldn’t allow our confidence to go down.”