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  • Slaven Bilic watched Marko Arnautovic inspire West Ham to a 3-0 Carabao Cup victory over Bolton and then demanded more from the Austrian playmaker.Arnautovic marked his home debut after joining for £25million from Stoke during the summer by setting up goals for Angelo Ogbonna and Diafra Sakho before Arthur Masuaku struck an outstanding third deep into injury time.The Hammers' record signing was sent off for use of the elbow against Southampton last month in only his second appearance, delaying his first outing at London Stadium, and Bilic insisted his performance against Bolton began his path to redemption."I could have asked for more. I want him to do more. He's got that quality and that something extra," Bilic said."I like him as a player, but sometimes he gets happy with the few things that he does when I want him to push the borders."I know what he's capable of and I want him to keep molesting the opposition and never be happy in a positive way. But of course he..

    West Ham manager Slaven Bilic demands more from Marko Arnautovic

    Slaven Bilic watched Marko Arnautovic inspire West Ham to a 3-0 Carabao Cup victory over Bolton and then demanded more from the Austrian playmaker.Arnautovic marked his home debut after joining for £25million from Stoke during the summer by setting up goals for Angelo Ogbonna and Diafra Sakho before Arthur Masuaku struck an outstanding third deep into injury time.The Hammers' record signing was sent off for use of the elbow against Southampton last month in only his second appearance, delaying his first outing at London Stadium, and Bilic insisted his performance against Bolton began his path to redemption."I could have asked for more. I want him to do more. He's got that quality and that something extra," Bilic said."I like him as a player, but sometimes he gets happy with the few things that he does when I want him to push the borders."I know what he's capable of and I want him to keep molesting the opposition and never be happy in a positive way. But of course he..
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  • Slaven Bilic believes West Ham can start turning around their Premier League form after the confidence boost of a Carabao Cup victory.Diafra Sakho and Andre Ayew struck just before half-time as West Ham ran out comfortable 2-0 winners at Cheltenham to reach round three.Hammers boss Bilic had the look of a relieved man after avoiding a cup upset on the back of conceding seven goals in opening Premier League defeats to Manchester United and Southampton."Nothing gives you confidence like a win so this is very important," Bilic said."Like every defeat harms your confidence, every win, every goal and every clean sheet gives you confidence."So a little bit of this is going to help us in preparation for the game against Newcastle on Saturday."It wasn't a friendly game, it was a cup game, and we wanted to go through because we are ambitious in the cup competitions."There is a huge difference in class, of course. We are Premier League, they are fourth tier."Every year, every round,..

    Slaven Bilic wants West Ham to build on victory over Cheltenham

    Slaven Bilic believes West Ham can start turning around their Premier League form after the confidence boost of a Carabao Cup victory.Diafra Sakho and Andre Ayew struck just before half-time as West Ham ran out comfortable 2-0 winners at Cheltenham to reach round three.Hammers boss Bilic had the look of a relieved man after avoiding a cup upset on the back of conceding seven goals in opening Premier League defeats to Manchester United and Southampton."Nothing gives you confidence like a win so this is very important," Bilic said."Like every defeat harms your confidence, every win, every goal and every clean sheet gives you confidence."So a little bit of this is going to help us in preparation for the game against Newcastle on Saturday."It wasn't a friendly game, it was a cup game, and we wanted to go through because we are ambitious in the cup competitions."There is a huge difference in class, of course. We are Premier League, they are fourth tier."Every year, every round,..
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  • West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has called on his team to play "like it is the last game of our lives" and kick-start the season with a Carabao Cup win at League Two Cheltenham. The Irons have lost both of their Premier League fixtures so far, going down first 4-0 to Manchester United and then 3-2 at Southampton, where they had fought back following the sending off of Marko Arnautovic only to concede a last-minute penalty.Bilic, though, is confident his players can come through at Whaddon Road to give themselves the perfect tonic going into Saturday's trip to Newcastle ahead of the international break. Bilic said at a press conference: "We need a win to get that boost, but it was a completely different feeling after the defeat at Manchester United and at Southampton, because there were a lot of positives on Saturday when we came back from 2-0 down with 10 men to equaliser. But of course we have zero points. "If we do some changes it is because we have a good squad and okay, wit..

    Bilic craves victory that he hopes will kick-start West Ham season

    West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has called on his team to play "like it is the last game of our lives" and kick-start the season with a Carabao Cup win at League Two Cheltenham. The Irons have lost both of their Premier League fixtures so far, going down first 4-0 to Manchester United and then 3-2 at Southampton, where they had fought back following the sending off of Marko Arnautovic only to concede a last-minute penalty.Bilic, though, is confident his players can come through at Whaddon Road to give themselves the perfect tonic going into Saturday's trip to Newcastle ahead of the international break. Bilic said at a press conference: "We need a win to get that boost, but it was a completely different feeling after the defeat at Manchester United and at Southampton, because there were a lot of positives on Saturday when we came back from 2-0 down with 10 men to equaliser. But of course we have zero points. "If we do some changes it is because we have a good squad and okay, wit..
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  • Slaven Bilic praised West Ham's spirit after their resilient display in the 3-2 defeat at Southampton, despite being "gutted" a stoppage-time penalty cost them a point.They are bottom of the Premier League having also limply lost 4-0 in their their opening fixture of the season at Manchester United, but while down to 10 men had impressively fought back from 2-0 down to almost draw at St Mary's.Marko Arnautovic's first-half red card for a reckless elbow on Jack Stephens had left them a man down from the 33rd minute, by which point Manolo Gabbiadini had already given Southampton the lead.While Dusan Tadic's 38th-minute penalty appeared to take a positive result beyond them, Javier Hernandez's first two goals for the club demonstrated Bilic's team yet retain promise.It was Charlie Austin, in the first minute of second-half stoppage time, who scored beyond Joe Hart from the penalty spot after Pablo Zabaleta and Jose Fonte had brought down Maya Yoshida, but..

    Slaven Bilic praise for West Ham despite defeat at Southampton

    Slaven Bilic praised West Ham's spirit after their resilient display in the 3-2 defeat at Southampton, despite being "gutted" a stoppage-time penalty cost them a point.They are bottom of the Premier League having also limply lost 4-0 in their their opening fixture of the season at Manchester United, but while down to 10 men had impressively fought back from 2-0 down to almost draw at St Mary's.Marko Arnautovic's first-half red card for a reckless elbow on Jack Stephens had left them a man down from the 33rd minute, by which point Manolo Gabbiadini had already given Southampton the lead.While Dusan Tadic's 38th-minute penalty appeared to take a positive result beyond them, Javier Hernandez's first two goals for the club demonstrated Bilic's team yet retain promise.It was Charlie Austin, in the first minute of second-half stoppage time, who scored beyond Joe Hart from the penalty spot after Pablo Zabaleta and Jose Fonte had brought down Maya Yoshida, but..
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  • Barry matches Premier League landmark in stalemateWest Brom held West Ham to a forgettable 0-0 draw as the Hammers continued to ease the pressure on boss Slaven Bilic. The visitors claimed their second clean sheet in a week after a 2-0 win over Huddersfield and took their first away point in the Premier League this season. West Ham remain in the bottom three after five games but there were at least more shoots of recovery for the visitors at The Hawthorns on Saturday. They lacked a cutting edge but claimed a useful point which could prove crucial for Bilic, even at this early stage of the season. Pedro Obiang struck the bar from 45 yards but there was little quality from either side, with James Morrison badly missing a header and Kieran Gibbs seeing a shot blocked for the Baggies.West Brom boss Tony Pulis wanted his side to hit back following their 3-1 defeat at Brighton last week and was rewarded with a clean sheet, if not a victory.Gareth Barry equalled Ryan Giggs' Premie..

    West Brom 0-0 West Ham – 16-Sep-2017 : Match Report

    Barry matches Premier League landmark in stalemateWest Brom held West Ham to a forgettable 0-0 draw as the Hammers continued to ease the pressure on boss Slaven Bilic. The visitors claimed their second clean sheet in a week after a 2-0 win over Huddersfield and took their first away point in the Premier League this season. West Ham remain in the bottom three after five games but there were at least more shoots of recovery for the visitors at The Hawthorns on Saturday. They lacked a cutting edge but claimed a useful point which could prove crucial for Bilic, even at this early stage of the season. Pedro Obiang struck the bar from 45 yards but there was little quality from either side, with James Morrison badly missing a header and Kieran Gibbs seeing a shot blocked for the Baggies.West Brom boss Tony Pulis wanted his side to hit back following their 3-1 defeat at Brighton last week and was rewarded with a clean sheet, if not a victory.Gareth Barry equalled Ryan Giggs' Premie..
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  • Slaven Bilic not convinced by possibility of Carroll-Hernandez partnershipWest Ham boss Slaven Bilic believes it is "almost impossible" to partner Andy Carroll and Javier Hernandez in attack despite admitting goalscoring has been a problem this season.The Hammers welcome Bolton to the London Stadium on Tuesday night for their Carabao Cup third-round clash.Saturday's goalless draw at West Brom continued an upturn for Bilic and his side who, after winning at home to Huddersfield last week, have now taken four points from their opening five Premier League games.West Ham have scored just four league goals despite adding former Manchester United forward Hernandez to their ranks.Hernandez has been operating on the right of a three-man attack since Carroll's return, with plenty of West Ham fans calling for the pair to be deployed as a twosome.Bilic, however, does not feel that is a viable option given the other players he has at his disposal."It is almost impossible," he said..

    West Ham V Bolton at Olympic Stadium : Match Preview

    Slaven Bilic not convinced by possibility of Carroll-Hernandez partnershipWest Ham boss Slaven Bilic believes it is "almost impossible" to partner Andy Carroll and Javier Hernandez in attack despite admitting goalscoring has been a problem this season.The Hammers welcome Bolton to the London Stadium on Tuesday night for their Carabao Cup third-round clash.Saturday's goalless draw at West Brom continued an upturn for Bilic and his side who, after winning at home to Huddersfield last week, have now taken four points from their opening five Premier League games.West Ham have scored just four league goals despite adding former Manchester United forward Hernandez to their ranks.Hernandez has been operating on the right of a three-man attack since Carroll's return, with plenty of West Ham fans calling for the pair to be deployed as a twosome.Bilic, however, does not feel that is a viable option given the other players he has at his disposal."It is almost impossible," he said..
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  • Huddersfield head coach David Wagner hopes Lady Luck continues to smile on his side when they return to Premier League action at West Ham on Monday. The Terriers occupy the dizzy heights of third place in the table after taking seven points from their first three games and they will head for the capital chasing a fourth straight clean sheet.Wagner's side are only the second newly-promoted team not to concede a goal in their first three Premier League matches. Only five sides have done so in their opening four games of the season. "I will let the players know that they can write history in the Premier League at Huddersfield Town," Wagner said. "We know how difficult it is to get one clean sheet in the Premier League and now we have three in a row."This is fantastic, of course it is. They've done a lot of things right, but on the other side we know exactly - and first of all we have a great goalkeeper - but we were lucky in some situations as well."We could easily have co..

    David Wagner says Huddersfield can make more history – with a little bit of luck

    Huddersfield head coach David Wagner hopes Lady Luck continues to smile on his side when they return to Premier League action at West Ham on Monday. The Terriers occupy the dizzy heights of third place in the table after taking seven points from their first three games and they will head for the capital chasing a fourth straight clean sheet.Wagner's side are only the second newly-promoted team not to concede a goal in their first three Premier League matches. Only five sides have done so in their opening four games of the season. "I will let the players know that they can write history in the Premier League at Huddersfield Town," Wagner said. "We know how difficult it is to get one clean sheet in the Premier League and now we have three in a row."This is fantastic, of course it is. They've done a lot of things right, but on the other side we know exactly - and first of all we have a great goalkeeper - but we were lucky in some situations as well."We could easily have co..
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  • A disgruntled Rafael Benitez is rolling up his sleeves and preparing to do what he does best after his Newcastle masterplan failed to materialise. The 57-year-old Spaniard headed for his bed on Thursday evening with the summer transfer window having closed without the level of strengthening he believes was both necessary and possible in the wake of his ultimately successful mission to drag the club back into the Premier League at the first attempt.Benitez's displeasure, of course, was no secret, with the former Liverpool and Real Madrid boss having been keen to impress upon anyone who cared to listen for several weeks that the Magpies' summer recruitment drive was in danger of coming up significantly short.Indeed, it is a measure of his annoyance with the way the club's business has been conducted despite his submission of a blueprint complete with named and, in his opinion, attainable targets back in May that he has been touted as a possible replacement for Slaven Bi..

    Benitez masterplan goes unfulfilled as Newcastle fail to land transfer targets

    A disgruntled Rafael Benitez is rolling up his sleeves and preparing to do what he does best after his Newcastle masterplan failed to materialise. The 57-year-old Spaniard headed for his bed on Thursday evening with the summer transfer window having closed without the level of strengthening he believes was both necessary and possible in the wake of his ultimately successful mission to drag the club back into the Premier League at the first attempt.Benitez's displeasure, of course, was no secret, with the former Liverpool and Real Madrid boss having been keen to impress upon anyone who cared to listen for several weeks that the Magpies' summer recruitment drive was in danger of coming up significantly short.Indeed, it is a measure of his annoyance with the way the club's business has been conducted despite his submission of a blueprint complete with named and, in his opinion, attainable targets back in May that he has been touted as a possible replacement for Slaven Bi..
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  • Diafra Sakho's deadline day could become one to remember as the wantaway West Ham striker spent the afternoon at the races while angling for a move to Rennes.The 27-year-old flew to France on Wednesday and passed a medical with the Ligue 1 side - even though the Hammers had not agreed to sell the Senegal international.Crystal Palace are also believed to be interested in acquiring Sakho's services but West Ham have remained firm over their policy of not selling the striker.Sakho was seen at Chelmsford racecourse with his agent Mark McKay, who had a runner in the 3:20.McKay's horse, Siege of Boston, won the race in a photo-finish as The Happy Hammer was a non-runner in the same race.Speaking from Chelmsford, McKay said: "No bid has been accepted."We are just waiting for (West Ham co-owner) David Sullivan. The medical has been passed. There is a lot of off-field stuff to sort out. "Sakho moved to West Ham in 2014 and enjoyed a strong first season under Sam Allardyce,..

    Diafra Sakho’s West Ham future up in air after passing Rennes medical

    Diafra Sakho's deadline day could become one to remember as the wantaway West Ham striker spent the afternoon at the races while angling for a move to Rennes.The 27-year-old flew to France on Wednesday and passed a medical with the Ligue 1 side - even though the Hammers had not agreed to sell the Senegal international.Crystal Palace are also believed to be interested in acquiring Sakho's services but West Ham have remained firm over their policy of not selling the striker.Sakho was seen at Chelmsford racecourse with his agent Mark McKay, who had a runner in the 3:20.McKay's horse, Siege of Boston, won the race in a photo-finish as The Happy Hammer was a non-runner in the same race.Speaking from Chelmsford, McKay said: "No bid has been accepted."We are just waiting for (West Ham co-owner) David Sullivan. The medical has been passed. There is a lot of off-field stuff to sort out. "Sakho moved to West Ham in 2014 and enjoyed a strong first season under Sam Allardyce,..
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  • Joselu scores as Newcastle claim first win of the season against West HamJoselu marked his first start for Newcastle with a goal as Rafael Benitez was finally able to celebrate a first win of the season.The Spanish striker converted Christian Atsu's 36th-minute cross to lift the mood at St James' Park, and defender Ciaran Clark and substitute Aleksandar Mitrovic sent the locals among a crowd of 52,093 home happy with second-half strikes.It was exactly was the promoted Magpies needed after weeks of claim and counter-claim on Tyneside and ahead of a hugely important final few days of the transfer window.By contrast, Hammers boss Slaven Bilic, the subject of reports that Benitez is being lined up to replace him, left the north-east reflecting on a third successive Premier League defeat and with a deepening gloom surrounding his own club.If there has been tension within the four walls of St James' in recent weeks - and there has with Benitez making little attempt to dis..

    Newcastle 3-0 West Ham – 26-Aug-2017 : Match Report

    Joselu scores as Newcastle claim first win of the season against West HamJoselu marked his first start for Newcastle with a goal as Rafael Benitez was finally able to celebrate a first win of the season.The Spanish striker converted Christian Atsu's 36th-minute cross to lift the mood at St James' Park, and defender Ciaran Clark and substitute Aleksandar Mitrovic sent the locals among a crowd of 52,093 home happy with second-half strikes.It was exactly was the promoted Magpies needed after weeks of claim and counter-claim on Tyneside and ahead of a hugely important final few days of the transfer window.By contrast, Hammers boss Slaven Bilic, the subject of reports that Benitez is being lined up to replace him, left the north-east reflecting on a third successive Premier League defeat and with a deepening gloom surrounding his own club.If there has been tension within the four walls of St James' in recent weeks - and there has with Benitez making little attempt to dis..
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