Bilic: No one can say we didn’t deserve it

Slaven Bilic says West Ham fully deserved their 1-0 win over Sunderland in their Premier League clash at the London Stadium on Saturday.

After creating numerous chances throughout the match, Winston Reid finally broke the deadlock to fire home from the edge of the area through a crowd of players in the 94th minute.

Hammers substitute Jonathan Calleri, however, appeared to be in offside position, and in the line of sight of goalkeeper Jordan Pickford as the shot came in.

Bilic though praised the resilience of his side as West Ham made it back-to-back victories for the first time since April.

After the match he said: "It was very dramatic and an important game for both teams.

"It was not a goal from the training sessions as I thought Winston would be inside the box. It was a crucial decision from Payet and Noble to get the ball outside the box and find Reidy in a good position.

"It was a great decision from the player. You have to be a bit lucky when you score that kind of a goal and it was crucial for us."

Bilic felt his side produced their best first-half display of the season and were well-deserved winners.

He added: "I thought the first half hour was the best football we have played for a long time. We were passing the ball well and were winning the second balls. We were creating chances and getting the ball to Dimi and Manu.

"We had enough chances to be two up but we couldn't score a goal. They had five good minutes before half-time but in the second half it was an open game.

"The last 15 minutes we pushed more and changed the system by adding another striker in there.

"We managed to score in the very last minute and no-body can say after the game that we didn't deserve to win it."

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