West Ham boss Slaven Bilic bemoaned his side’s poor start at Sunderland, but hopes Dick Advocaat chooses to stay on as Black Cats manager.
Goals from Steven Fletcher (10) and Jeremain Lens (22) put the hosts in a commanding position, but Carl Jenkinson pulled one back in first-half injury time and Dimitri Payet levelled following Lens’ dismissal for a second bookable offence.
“If you asked me yesterday would I take a point, I would never say I would take a point, we want three but we knew it would be a hard game,” Bilic said.
“Emotions are mixed, a point is a point is especially when we were 2-0 down, but if we look at the last 20 minutes I am disappointed we didn’t capitalise on it. But we are not greedy. It’s a good point for us.”
Bilic was pleased with the Hammers’ fightback, but bemoaned their first-half frailty.
He said: “When you are 2-0 down with them having to chances to score the third one, to be fair you have got to be happy with a point.
“But on the other hand, we can’t afford to make those kind of mistakes or sloppy starts or whatever, especially here in the Premier League.”
Bilic admits he hopes Advocaat stays in charge at Sunderland amid speculation he is set to step down as manager.
The West Ham managed shared an embrace with the Dutchman on the final whistle and revealed: “I told him to stay, of course I did.
“First of all, I feel sorry for all the managers. On the one hand, it’s a great job – we wouldn’t do it if it wasn’t – but on the other hand, the pressure that all the managers are under, it’s enormous, media, agents, fans board, everything, so firstly I have sympathy.
“And secondly I know Dick and I’m a big admirer. If he goes, the Premier league would miss him. He is a man of knowledge, experience, six international teams – this is unbelievable – so that’s what I told him.
“I would really like him to stay because I saw him on the touchline with me and he is full of energy. It would be a shame if he goes, and I really hope that he stays.”