Bilic happy with Hammers response

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic was not unhappy with a point after his side played out a 1-1 draw with Everton at Upton Park on Saturday.

The Hammers headed to Merseyside on the back of a 2-0 defeat to Watford last weekend, but went ahead when a sublime, composed strike from Manuel Lanzini curled its way into the top corner.

However, Gerard Deulofeu threaded a ball through for Romelu Lukaku to slot home the equaliser just before half-time, and the scoreline would remain unchanged as the sides eventually shared the spoils.

"It was a good performance from us and it was important after the game against Watford to come back and show a good reaction in front of our own fans," Bilic said, referring to their 2-0 defeat to the Hornets last weekend.

"I cannot be unhappy with the way the team played. I thought for 90 minutes we looked as a team. We are never happy with a point, especially when we play at home, but we tried and had chances.

"We played against a very good team and I have to praise the players. It was a cheap goal to give away. We lost the ball deep in their half and at a time when we didn't need to lose it. But I thought our two central defenders played really well against [Lukaku] and the other forwards."

The Croatian then went on to praise Lanzini after the 22-year-old Argentine struck his third Premier League goal in 10 appearances.

"He has got it. Some of our players prefer to pass the ball when they are in and around the box and we want them to shoot more," Bilic said.

"For his goal the ball went in exactly where he wanted it to go. He has that skill and the power and he is a good player."

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