Bilic - It's a massively important three points

Slaven Bilic
  • Bilic delighted with result against Hull City, but admits his team were fortunate
  • Hull hit the woodwork three times, but Hammers won 1-0
  • Boss says team will be able to play with more freedom having taken seven points from three games

Slaven Bilic admitted his West Ham United team rode their luck en route to taking three points against Hull City on Saturday.

Mark Noble's second half penalty gave the Hammers a second London Stadium victory of the week, but only after the visitors had struck home woodwork three times.

The boss changed the system at half-time, bringing Andre Ayew and Edimilson Fernandes off the bench as he switched to four at the back, and he felt that resulted in a final half-hour in which the Hammers raised their game.

The end result was maximum points - making it seven in three games and lifting the east Londoners up to 13th in the Premier League table - and that was all that concerned Bilic.

"It's a great three points for us," he explained. "It was a very nervy game - we didn't do enough in the first half and we changed the system. We had to put a couple of players on then, because one wouldn't have been enough.

"The first good thing is the result, the second is that [first half performance] can't be worse.

It's a massively important three points for us

Slaven Bilic

"In the last half-an-hour we stepped up a gear and found ourselves in good positions on the pitch. We were attacking in numbers and defending much better. 

"We had a few chances in that time - they also had chances, mostly in the first half, and then scored in the right moment.

"After that we should have finished the game but we didn't. It's a massively important three points for us.

"It is important that we've recorded back-to-back wins here at London Stadium. We showed the character and we showed a good last half-hour, but the most important thing out of this game is to win it.

"It was hard to expect flashy football in this period because of the position we are in, but we have climbed the table a bit now.

"We are still there, but we should have much more confidence and be able to play much more freely now after these seven points from three games."