Bilic calls on West Ham to refocus energy after cup loss

Date published: Wednesday 13th April 2016 10:55

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Slaven Bilic has backed his West Ham side to bounce back and focus on their Premier League campaign after being knocked out of the FA Cup.

The Hammers were downed 2-1 at Upton Park by Manchester United in what was the final FA Cup tie the Boleyn Ground will ever host.

However, Bilic is keen to put the disappointment behind him and, with West Ham currently sixth in the Premier League and vying for European football next season, he has called on his troops to refocus their energies quickly.

“It is not what we wanted of course,” he admitted to BBC Sport, “but we gave our best.

“They were better tonight in the majority of the game. We had energy and commitment but they were killing us with ball possession.

“Apart from the first 15 minutes and final 20 they were the better side and we have to admit it.

“We are fighting to finish as high as possible in the league, we have six big games coming.

“This is a big disappointment. It takes out a bit of energy and motivation but we still have a big thing to play for. We are going to bounce back.”

West Ham’s Premier League schedule resumes on Sunday, when they travel to the King Power Stadium to face leaders Leicester City.

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