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West Ham boss Bilic: 'You have to limit them to semi-chances'

Posted on 22 September 2017  - 11:33

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic said his players can draw inspiration from their recent home form against us when we face them at the London Stadium this weekend.

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Our last two away matches against the Hammers have ended in disappointment with consecutive 1-0 defeats, although we've enjoyed 4-1 and 3-2 victories in the reverse fixtures.

After back-to-back wins on the road against Newcastle United and Everton so far this term, we'll be targeting another triumph on Saturday (kick-off 12.30pm) but Bilic, who kept a close eye on our goalless draw with Swansea City last weekend, reckons his side has what it takes to stifle our game and claim maximum points for themselves.

“I watched the Swansea game and they deserved it (the point)," he said. "They were closing them down, they were deep when needed but occasionally pressing them and breaking their rhythm. To be fair they limited Spurs on strikes from 20 yards outside the box.

“That’s what you have to do, limit them to semi-chances. Then they had some luck that is always necessary against big teams. But that’s the pattern we have to repeat.

“We’ve been great against Spurs recently, especially at home, but also away. In the last one away we lost 3-2, (but) we were winning 2-1 with two minutes to go.

“We played good and beat them twice. We always get a special performance. Okay, it’s a derby and I’m wishing to get these performances no matter who we play. But it’s a special atmosphere and we all remember those.

“Everyone who was involved talks for months (about those games) and we still remember the game in May and the one at Upton Park, so those are the patterns we want to repeat on Saturday."