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West Ham: Bilic "understands" pressure; Manchester United reaction; chase on for Wolves starlet

West Ham: Bilic "understands" pressure; Manchester United reaction; chase on for Wolves starlet

Ahead of yesterday’s draw with Manchester United, Slaven Bilic wrote in his column for the Evening Standard to explain that he understood the pressure and speculation regarding his future as he said:

“There has been speculation about my future. I understand that will happen. I am not a newcomer to this game and neither am I stupid. I know you are judged on the table and the number of points you have. There is nothing I can do about that except work hard and look for us to win games. It is not as if we have dropped our performance level. We were a confident team at Spurs. All I am thinking about is how to improve things, to keep our concentration up until the last second and to eliminate those silly mistakes.”

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Reports this week had suggested that Hammers bosses were considering a change in management following an appalling start to the campaign, but Bilic may have bought himself some more time with the result on Sunday.

However, those pressures have been eased after securing a surprising and pleasing point at Old Trafford yesterday, with the Croatian boss telling the press:

“It was a really good game for us, a great point. I have to praise the guys for their performance, they showed character, commitment, team spirit and the quality you need to get anything when you play at Old Trafford. They were better in the first half and I am not happy with the way we reacted after we scored the goal, as we should have gained confidence from it. But in the second half, we were much better, we pressed them high, exploited the spaces they were leaving behind, and we played some really good football. At the end, we could have won the game, I am really pleased with the performance and to get a point here is always good.”

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Diafra Sakho gave his side an early lead in the second minute and Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s strike was enough to reduce their reward to a point but Darren Randolph kept the Irons in the game.

Randolph, once again selected ahead of Adrian, may be boosted in January by defensive reinforcements as the Mirror claim that the Hammers will battle it out with Southampton and Crystal Palace for England under 21 international Dominic Iorfa. The defender, who can play on the right or centrally, is valued at £5 million and may be sold to raise funds to rebuild the current Wolves squad.

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The Essex boy came through the ranks of Southend United before moving on to Championship side Wolves, where he has continued to develop and mature.

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