Bilic lauds ‘great’ West Ham spirit after Swansea draw

Date published: Sunday 20th December 2015 7:12

Slaven Bilic

Slaven Bilic praised his injury-hit West Ham side following the 0-0 draw against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.

Swansea were the better side for large periods in South Wales, but the Hammers thwarted their opponents, with centre-back James Collins particularly resolute.

The draw extends West Ham’s winless stretch to seven matches, but Bilic chose to focus on the positives, especially considering he was without Dimitri Payet, Manuel Lanzini, Winston Reid and Diafra Sakho.

“It’s a good point for us. I want to praise my team because they showed great spirit,” he said.

“It was a good collective performance. Exactly what I said when those injuries hit us big time a few weeks ago, the only way we can compensate is with teamwork.

“That is exactly what we’ve done in the last three games. Three clean sheets and three points. I really want to praise the guys.”

West Ham are now eighth in the Premier League, four points off the top four.

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