West Ham United 1-0 Swansea City - Reaction
Brian Jeeves reporting from the London Stadium
WEST HAM UNITED manager, Slaven Bilic, was clearly a relieved man after Cheikhou Kouyate’s thundering first half strike was enough to see the Hammers pick up all three points against fellow strugglers, Swansea City, ending a run of five straight Premier League defeats.
Speaking after the London Stadium clash, Bilic said: ““We are delighted. The pressure the players were under, forget me, they are the ones who perform in front of nearly 60,000, they gave everything and that’s why I’m very pleased.
“The crowd were behind us. We knew they were going to be from the start, but we kept them behind us for ninety minutes. Why? because they recognised that we gave everything. They were so important.
“We are the ones that put ourselves in this situation to be under this kind of pressure. To deservedly win, with a clean sheet, which was very important also because those clean sheets are giving you the proof that it was solid, a team performance.
“It was a good day for us, especially when it’s well deserved against a team who are below us. It opens the gap even bigger. It’s a really good day.
Bilic insisted that his side still needed to reach the forty point mark to ensure their survival in the Premier League: “There is still a big job to be done, he added. “We have opened the gap a bit more now. But we opened that gap two months ago when we won six out of nine. With five defeats we have closed that gap. I want those four points as soon as possible.”
Meanwhile, Swansea boss, Paul Clement, said: “A poor performance, not what we are looking for after the run that we’ve been on. I thought it was a poor game lacking quality. Two teams playing with a lot of anxiety. I speak particularly about us, that was really the case in the first half.
“There was a lot of fear in out play. Although that improved in the second half from a battling perspective. Our technical quality was really disappointing.
I can’t (explain the poor performance), and I won’t sit here and make excuses for it. I wasn’t good enough. With seven games to go and being in a real battle for survival, you expect the basics to be done a lot better than that.