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Bilic – It was a fair result

 

 

  • A 2-2 draw at Sunderland was fair, according to West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic
  • His side twice led, though, at the Stadium of Light and could not prevent equalisers from Whabi Khazri and Fabio Borini
  • Andre Ayew and James Collins had previously put West Ham in front, but a late leveller on Wearside left the boss frustrated

A draw was a fair result according to West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic, who watched his side twice concede equalisers to earn a point against Sunderland on Saturday.

The Hammers took the lead early on in both halves, scoring first through Andre Ayew and then James Collins with a Whabi Khazri equaliser sandwiched inbetween.

But Fabio Borini’s 90th-minute strike saw the struggling hosts snatch a draw at the Stadium of Light and though Bilic was left disappointed, he admitted a share of the spoils was fair.

“We are disappointed because we were leading twice and after we scored both times, we were in charge and played some good football,” the manager said.

“We were looking for three points and when you concede goals in that manner – for both of them – they are strange goals and you’re disappointed.

“It was a fair result today. Three would have been brilliant but at this stage of the season, a point can be very, very important for us.

“It was a well taken goal from Borini and OK, you expect to clear the ball, but with our goalkeeper in that position, the ball dropped and unfortunately he couldn’t hold it.

“We aren’t pointing fingers. We are winning, losing, scoring and conceding goals as a team. We do it all as a team.”

The point leaves the Hammers on a total of 37 in the Premier League, and Bilic is already eyeing next weekend’s home clash against Everton as the opportunity to get to the landmark 40 points.

“We tried to win the game today and we got a point so we have a chance next game to get to that magic points number of 40 and we will try to win it,” he continued.

“Today, after we scored the first one, we got nervous and then we had a good spell, but again after the second goal, it was us around the box.

“But we couldn’t finish them, and they started to throw the bodies up front, playing risky football because they were losing.

“Of course when that happens, you expect a job to do in your box but they were also leaving a lot space in behind and we couldn’t finish them off.”