Friday 15 December 2017

Bilic blasts slack Hammers

West Ham 1 Swansea City 4

Swansea's Ki Sung Yueng tackles West Ham's Emmanuel Emenike. Photo: Eddie Keogh/Reuters
Swansea's Ki Sung Yueng tackles West Ham's Emmanuel Emenike. Photo: Eddie Keogh/Reuters
West Ham's Andy Carroll challenges Swansea's Angel Rangel for the ball. Photo: Eddie Keogh/Reuters
Andre Ayew celebrates with Leroy Fer after scoring the second goal for Swansea. Photo: Eddie Keogh/Reuters
Swansea manager Francesco Guidolin. Photo: Tony O'Brien/Reuters

Andy Sims

Slaven Bilic accused West Ham of carrying "too many passengers" after Swansea derailed their Champions League bid. The Hammers, unbeaten at home since August and still harbouring slim hopes of a top-four finish, crashed to an injury-hit Swans side with little to play for.

Throw in the fact that this was the penultimate match at the Boleyn, a ground Swansea had won at just once in its 112-year history - back in 1956 - and this was a result hardly anyone saw coming. Yet goals from Wayne Routledge, Andre Ayew and Ki Sung-Yueng stunned West Ham inside 50 minutes.

Diafra Sakho managed to pull one back, with the help of a final touch from Stephen Kingsley, but fellow sub Bafetimbi Gomis killed West Ham off in stoppage-time.

"We were simply not good enough, the whole team. We had too many passengers relying on other players to do the dirty jobs," said Hammers boss Bilic.

West Ham, who move to the Olympic Stadium this summer, will bid farewell to Upton Park against Manchester United on Tuesday night. However, what could have been a shoot-out for a Champions League spot now sees the Hammers attempting to cling on for a Europa League place.

"I keep saying the gap between us and the top four is bigger than the gap between us and Southampton and Liverpool below," said Bilic. "That's the gap that worries me and that's the gap I'm still concentrating on. But we have a game on Tuesday and we are still in a brilliant position. We want to finish high. With two games to go we are talking about Europe. It's in our hands. It's there for us."

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