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Published: Sun, March 12, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Bilic: We had too many players go for the winning goal

Bilic: We had too many players go for the winning goal

West Ham have endured a topsy-turvy season so far and they were battling towards the bottom of the table in the early stages of the campaign, leaving question marks over the future of the manager. Payet left West Ham for Marseille for £25m in the January transfer window and has scored three goals in eight games since returning to the Stade Velodrome.

One decision Bilic will need to make is whether to keep either of the two players now on permanent deals at the London Stadium that are set to see their contracts expire this summer (via transfermarkt).

Our way of approaching matches, the defensive system put in place did not please me.

"You could say that I was pissed off, yes. If I waited six months I would lose six months".

"In the changing room everyone was happy, but the the man of the match that day was the post".

Payet refused to play for Slaven Bilic's side such was his desire to leave, and he eventually secured the move that he wanted back to his homeland, revealing that family reasons were behind the shock exit.

"I told myself that I could not improve there".

After West Ham's Sofiane Feghouli fouled Charlie Daniels in the area it was King who stepped up to take the penalty but his effort went wide of the post. I needed another challenge.

Bilic, though, was angry that his players had thrown away a point by getting caught on the counter-attack going in search of their own victor, with his defence out of position as a result.

They hated me as much as they'd loved me. "We discussed it when I returned from Euro 2016", Payet is effectively admitting his disillusionment with life in London began before the season even kicked off.

West Ham had celebrated Payet extending his contract at the club in 2016 with a record-breaking wage of £125,000-a-week and used the Frenchman as a figurehead in the club's move to the Olympic Stadium last summer. I can't blame them. "Lots of things were said, but I never anxious about my auto, for example".

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