Sunday 19 November 2017

Bilic hails Hammers recovery

Norwich City 2-2 West Ham Utd

West Ham captain Mark Noble celebrates scoring his team's equalising goal. Photo: Getty
West Ham captain Mark Noble celebrates scoring his team's equalising goal. Photo: Getty
Nathan Redmond (L) and Robbie Brady (R) of Norwich City react after giving away a 2-0 lead. Photo: Getty
John Ruddy of Norwich City dives in vain as Mark Noble (2nd L) of West Ham United scores his team's second goal. Photo: Getty
Dimitri Payet of West Ham United scores his team's first goal. Photo: Getty

Andy Sims

Norwich boss Alex Neil was left frustrated after seeing his side throw away a two-goal lead and two precious points against West Ham.

Two weeks after squandering a 3-1 lead to lose 5-4 to Liverpool in stoppage time, the Canaries were at it again as they conceded two in three minutes to Dimitri Payet and Mark Noble.

That was after Robbie Brady and Wes Hoolahan had put Norwich ahead and given them hope of ending their five-match losing streak.

"It's a mixture of emotions," said Neil. "The performance was better, we were on the front more, in comparison to recently.

"When you are 2-0 up you have to see game out. It should be easier to defend then. We are all disappointed because we should have seen the game out.

"But if we keep getting to that stage then it will give us chances to pick up points. We came really close to getting three points and I think we would have deserved it with that performance."

Hammers boss Slaven Bilic, whose side won a gruelling FA Cup replay against Liverpool was a little more upbeat.

"We are never happy with a point but I have to praise the players for their character, their resilience and the quality we showed, Said Bilic.

"We gave them the first goal, it was a gift. The second was unlucky but after that we showed a great reaction. There could have been fatigue but there wasn't. What sums it up for me is we that didn't want the game to stop, more so than Norwich, and we were playing a team desperate for a win. It was a great comeback."

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