Thursday, July 20, 2017

Bilic rues shoddy first-half showing

SoccerNews in English Premier League 15 Aug 2015

3 Views

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic blamed a lacklustre first-half performance for Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at home to Leicester City.

Bilic’s men were unable to repeat the form that secured a surprise 2-0 opening-day win at Arsenal, as Shinji Okazaki and Riyad Mahrez were on target to give Leicester the advantage before the break.

Dimitri Payet finished emphatically to halve the deficit after 55 minutes, but Bilic felt his players left themselves with too much to do.

“It is a bad result of course after a good start,” he told BBC Sport. “We didn’t play good enough in the first half. We started well, but after that we were second best. 

“We lost the game in the first half. Two-nil down is very difficult to come back from. We are very disappointed.”

To compound West Ham’s woes, goalkeeper Adrian was sent off in stoppage time after coming for a corner and catching Jamie Vardy with a dangerous, studs-up challenge.

Bilic accepted that referee Anthony Taylor made the right call, but insisted there was no malice on Adrian’s part – the two players having clashed early on in the match, when Vardy was booked after 11 minutes.

“Initially I thought it was not a red card, but then I saw the replay and it is dangerous play,” Bilic added. 

“It was obvious Adrian didn’t mean to cause harm. I am more than sure it was not deliberate. He was just following the ball and was unlucky.”

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

SoccerNews

Soccernews.com is news blog for soccer with comprehensive coverage of all the major leagues in Europe, as well as MLS in the United States. In addition we offer breaking news for transfers and transfer rumors, ticket sales, betting tips and offers, match previews, and in-depth editorials.

You can follow us on Facebook: Facebook.com/soccernews.com or Twitter: @soccernewsfeed.

SHARE OR COMMENT ON THIS ARTICLE

WE RECOMMEND

Leave a Reply

Be the First to Comment!

Notify of
avatar
 
smilegrinwinkmrgreenneutraltwistedarrowshock???cooleviloopsrazzrollcryeeklolmadsad!?ideahmmbegwhewchucklesillyenvyshutmouth
wpDiscuz
Live Scores

advertisement

Betting Guide Advertisement

advertisement

  • Football_888sport betting
Become a Writer
More More
Top