Bilic: West Ham deserved draw at Liverpool

Date published: Sunday 31st January 2016 9:24

Slaven Bilic: Felt West Ham deserved replay against Liverpool

Slaven Bilic felt West Ham fully deserved their draw at Liverpool on Saturday, though he is hardly relishing an FA Cup replay.

Liverpool dominated the game after West Ham lost James Tomkins and Cheikhou Kouyate to injury in the first half, with the visitors indebted to Darren Randolph for a string of saves.

Bilic never had any doubts about playing his back-up goalkeeper.

“Adrian flew this morning to Seville. His wife’s baby delivery is due tomorrow and we wish him luck and for that to go smooth but Randy would have been in goal anyway,” said Bilic.

“He was in goal against Wolves in the cup and we decided he would play against Liverpool and in the replay.

“Randy is great and deserved to be in goal and proved again he deserves it.

“He is the Republic of Ireland number one and because of him Ireland are in the European Championships so we have a great goalkeeper.”

With more injuries added to his list – Tomkins had 13 stitches in a head wound and Kouyate was taken off as a precaution because of a groin problem – Bilic was also not that enamoured with an extra game, but it was one he felt they deserved.

“Nobody is crazy about the replays, but we can live with that,” he said.

“We have injuries, but make no mistake, we would have liked to be without the replay.

“We got the clean sheet and deserve the replay and now it will be one of those historical FA Cup nights at Upton Park.

“The first half it was a very even game, both clubs had some moments up front but not clear-cut chances, and in the second half until the last 10 minutes they were better than us.

“Maybe some people did not expect this Liverpool team to be so good but it was not a surprise to me.”

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