Bilic - Hull defeat is hard to take


Slaven Bilic admitted Satrday’s 2-1 defaet to Hull City was “hard to take” as West Ham United saw their first half lead overturned at the KCOM Stadium.

Immediately after the full time whistle, Bilic admitted: “It’s hard to take of course, especially when you concede a late goal from a set-piece. That is way too many goals to concede lately from set-pieces.”

Andy Carroll’s 50th Premier League goal on his 50th Premier League appearance fr the Hammers had given Bilic’s men a 1-0 lead at the break before goals from Andrew Robertson and Andrea Ranocchia turned things around for the hosts.

“We started well” Bilic said. “The whole first half went really well. They didn’t have a shot on target, we were winning, good on the ball, defending good.

“In the second half I thought we started okay but when they score the goal, they had five minutes where they were better. After that, they hit the post but then it was more likely that we might score a goal apart from a counter attack. When we didn’t score, you think its okay, it’s 1-1, it’s good to grab a point after three defeats so to concede a goal from a set piece is very hard to take.

“We were passing the ball well in front of their box, we were lacking that last touch of quality to score the goal. We had enough good positions around the box, but we didn’t score, we didn’t create enough in the box. Set pieces are dangerous, but when you concede too many, it’s not good.

“Some of the things we played today was really good. We created, we defended well and then when you lose 2-1, especially when you are one up at half time and then of course you can’t be happy with the performance.”