Friday 28 April 2017

Pressure mounts on Bilic after Hammers lose again

Hull City 2 West Ham United 1

Andrea Ranocchia headed his first goal for Hull in the game at the KC Stadium.
Andrea Ranocchia headed his first goal for Hull in the game at the KC Stadium.
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West Ham boss Slaven Bilic is braced for more speculation on his future after his side slumped to a fourth straight Premier League defeat at the hands of relegation fighters Hull.

Andrea Ranocchia headed home his first goal for Hull in the 85th minute to keep his side's survival hopes alive after Andrew Robertson's fine low finish after the break had cancelled out Andy Carroll's first-half opener.

Pressure is mounting on Slavan Bilic as the Hammers fall to another defeat.
Pressure is mounting on Slavan Bilic as the Hammers fall to another defeat.

Carroll's effort was his 50th Premier League goal - his 30th for West Ham and seventh of the season - but that was of little consolation to under-pressure Bilic, whose side are now only six points above the drop zone.

"The only way you can stop the speculation is if you win games or get a point or climb up the table," Bilic said.

"After four defeats of course I can expect even more speculation, but as I said I wasn't worried before and I'm not worried now. I'm doing my job. I'm very motivated and very positive."

West Ham's vice-chairman Karren Brady is the latest board member to offer her support to the Croatian, who is coming to the end of the second year of his three-year contract. Brady told those suggesting the club are already looking for a replacement to "shut up" before yesterday's latest defeat and insisted they are planning to keep him.

Hull are now level on points with Swansea who sit in 17th place.
Hull are now level on points with Swansea who sit in 17th place.

Hull climbed level on points with fourth-from-bottom Swansea after securing a fourth win in five unbeaten home league games under head coach Marco Silva. Silva extended his unbeaten home league record as a manager, stretching back through spells at Estoril, Sporting Lisbon and Olympiacos, to an impressive 39 matches.

"It's not a secret, it's the work," the Portuguese said. "We all work, our staff, our players, the supporters as well, because nobody wins alone."

 

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