‘Proud’ Bilic sympathises with beaten Mourinho

Date published: Saturday 24th October 2015 6:32

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Slaven Bilic was delighted with West Ham’s “brilliant” win but the manager had sympathy for his Chelsea counterpart Jose Mourinho.

Andy Carroll came off the bench to head in a second-half winner after Chelsea had lost their discipline around half-time, with Nemanja Matic’s red card preceding first-team coach Silvino Louro and Mourinho both being sent to the stands.

Hammers manager Slaven Bilic said he had not spoken to Mourinho since the final whistle.

“I feel for him,” the Croatian said. “Decisions from his point of view have gone against him. I would moan if it was against us. But they are not mistakes, they are matters of opinion.

“You can talk about those things. The sending-off I didn’t see. The first one was definitely yellow, the second one was very far from me, but it looked like Sakho was already gone.

“But I think second yellows, especially in the first half, should be ‘real’ bookings. The disallowed goal? No one can say onside or offside even when you freeze the picture.

“But I’m very proud of my team and my club, it’s brilliant to win against the champions.”

Carroll was equally delighted, telling the BBC: “We’ve got a great atmosphere at the training ground. It’s fantastic to be a part of.

“He’s a top manager – he analyses the opposition and then tells us how to beat them.

“We thought we could beat them today. It wasn’t about Chelsea, it was about us. We’ve had some great wins this season and hopefully we’ll carry on. The way we’re going, we’ve got a right shot at it [a high finish]. I don’t see why not.”

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