Bilic: A point is good enough

Jadon Sancho – 12 Bundesliga Assists so far in 2018/19

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic said that the point earned in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Sunderland could be important at this late stage in the season.

The Hammers lost the lead twice at the Stadium of Light, the second time in the 90th minute, in a match that also saw defender Sam Byram sent off.

But while the result still leaves the Black Cats bottom of the standings, it puts the Hammers nine points clear of the drop zone, a good buffer with just five matches left to play, but still three points away from safety.

"We are disappointed because we were leading twice and after we scored both times, we were in charge and played some good football," the manager said.

"We were looking for three points and when you concede goals in that manner – for both of them – they are strange goals and you’re disappointed.

"It was a fair result today. Three would have been brilliant but at this stage of the season, a point can be very, very important for us.

The point leaves the Hammers on a total of 37 in the Premier League, and Bilic is already eyeing next weekend’s home clash against Everton as the opportunity to get to the landmark 40 points.

"We tried to win the game today and we got a point so we have a chance next game to get to that magic points number of 40 and we will try to win it."