Bilic proud of West Ham but disappointed by draw

Date published: Sunday 24th January 2016 9:32

Slaven Bilic: Disappointed West Ham did not beat Manchester City

Slaven Bilic was proud of the way his West Ham side performed against Manchester City and was disappointed they could only draw.

Enner Valencia put West Ham ahead in the first minute, but the lead only lasted eight minutes as Sergio Aguero converted a penalty for the visitors.

Valencia gave the Hammers the lead again on 56 minutes after City were caught napping from a quick throw-in – but Aguero equalised for a second time to prevent the hosts from completing a memorable Premier League double.

However, West Ham almost snatched victory at the death when Cheikhou Kouyate’s stoppage-time header from Mark Noble’s free-kick clipped the crossbar.

“I’m really proud of the team, and a little disappointed we didn’t win,” said Hammers manager Slaven Bilic.

“We could have got the third goal even though they were dominating. So when I went back into dressing room I felt disappointed. But that’s good. That shows how well we played.

“We were fantastic as a team and as individuals. The individuals were the cherry on top of the pie, and the pie was the team performance.”

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