Bilic already ‘under pressure’ at West Ham

Date published: Saturday 24th January 2015 9:03

Bilic already 'under pressure' at West Ham

The Hammers opened their league season with an impressive 2-0 victory away at Arsenal, but have followed that win up with back-to-back home defeats to Leicester and newly-promoted Bournemouth.
The club’s Europa League campaign also ended at the first hurdle, with Romanian minnows FC Astra securing a 4-3 aggregate win in the 3rd round of qualifying to dump the Hammers out.
After watching his side succumb to a 4-3 defeat at home to Bournemouth thanks to a Callum Wilson hat-trick, Bilic admits he is already struggling at Upton Park in his first campaign, but is hopeful he can “turn it around”.
“I am under pressure,” said the Croatian, as quoted by the Daily Mirror. “That comes with the territory and that is why I have to turn it around.
“We are in the same boat. We were second best again and I don’t like this situation.
“I buy the idea that it’s only the start and all that. We have to change it and we have to start doing it.

“I can’t blame the fans. They were behind us, to be fair, in the first half and the second half.
“But what do you expect if we are two down against a team [like Bournemouth]. OK, they are a good team who got promoted and to be fair it could have been worse at 2-0 down. The reactions from the fans were normal. The expectations are high anywhere you go.”
Bilic, who was appointed late on by the Hammers after the club pursued the likes of David Moyes and Rafael Benitez as potential management options, fears the shock win over Arsenal may have contributed to his side’s consecutive defeats since.
“Maybe the game against Arsenal has come into our heads. Maybe we think we are going to do that (again) nice and easy. Or in style. But in the Premier League against most of the clubs you have to dig in to have a chance to get points from every game.”

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