West Ham manager Slaven Bilic believes that complacency may have played a part in the club’s poor start to the season.
Bilic’s side have conceded four times in consecutive league games, losing 4-2 to Watford and West Brom.
That has led to rumours that the Croatian’s job could already be under pressure. Bilic insists that his players will respond.
Writing in his Evening Standard column, Bilic tried to explain the reasons for the club’s under-performance.
‘It is not like they don’t care, although they know the credit they have built will not last for ever,’ Bilic wrote.
‘It would be different if I had seen the heads drop and the shoulders sag but, honestly, I don’t see that with this group of players. They care, they hurt and they want to do it.
‘Maybe the players did become a little complacent. We are always telling them not to be but sometimes you don’t wake up to that reality until you are in trouble.
‘This is the Premier League. Nothing is easy here and to do well, you have to be a little bit afraid, in a positive way, that things might go wrong.
‘The good thing is that it is early. We can get out of this as quickly as it has happened but we have to accept responsibility — all of us.
‘We have to force this change, not anyone else.’
Top goal scorer in the league: Antonio
Most assists in the league: Payet
17th in the table
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— ADIOS BILIC LAD (@PxyetFK) September 17, 2016