Bilic - We showed character & spirit

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic praised his players for the character and spirit they showed in salvaging a 2-2 draw against Norwich.

The Hammers refused to lie down after Nathan Redmond looked to have scored a late winner for the newly promoted side, but Cheikhou Kouyate scored three minutes into injury time to earn a point for the east London side.

Bilic felt his side started the game slowly, but had a superb end to the first half and were unlucky not to gain an advantage early in the second half.

The Hammers boss says he will not get carried away with the result, but is happy that his side managed to extend their unbeaten run to four league games and maintain their position in the top four.

Bilic said: “I am pleased and we showed the character and the spirit. We showed the quality but I am not totally happy with the result as our objective in every home game is to win.

“But this is the Premier League and you have to give credit to the opponents. I am sure their manager would say the same and he can take a lot of positive things, but also negative things.

“It was a game of spells. It was dramatic and a typical Premier League game that had everything – it had aggression, passes with set pieces, four goals and great saves from both keepers. It was a very exciting and dramatic game.

“The goal from Norwich killed us for the first 25 minutes and they were much better than us. They kept the ball and were getting good opportunities. They were frustrating us.

“But the last 15 minutes of the first half we were brilliant and scored a goal. We were aggressive and were quicker than them.

“We were close to scoring another one. Their keeper made the difference with a couple of great saves.

“I thought we would have more chances but then they scored. I am not flying but it is a good point for us.”

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