Bilic welcomes man-of-the-match performance from the post if it helps beat Hull

31 March 2017 10:53

Slaven Bilic would welcome another man-of-the-match performance from the post if it meant West Ham beat Hull again.

Mischievous Hammers fans voted the woodwork the star of the show after it denied Hull three times in their side's narrow 1-0 win at the London Stadium in December.

West Ham stole the three points that day through Mark Noble's penalty, and Bilic is desperate for another victory after three straight defeats led to more speculation about his future as Hammers boss.

"The post wasn't man of the match, but it is a little bit of West Ham, so it's all good," he said.

"I also laughed at that. I didn't go 'what is that, the post is man of the match?' It was a good joke. It's great, so I don't mind it.

"Would I prefer a player to win it this time? As long as we win the game it can be the post, or even both posts."

Bilic has leapt to the defence of new signings Jose Fonte and Robert Snodgrass, who have not exactly set the world on fire since joining in January.

The Hammers have not kept a clean sheet since Portugal defender Fonte arrived for £8million from Southampton, and Scotland winger Snodgrass has yet to find the net following his £10million switch from Saturday's opponents.

"This is a serious one, this is a serious club and we are not buying a player for just a few games," added Bilic.

"Jose is a top player and some of the games he has played really good for us, especially some of the more difficult ones.

"I'm sure he is a top signing for us and we are happy to have him. Like most players he needs the team to win a few games to make it easier for him and for them.

"He's a top-quality player and a top professional. We have to help him and he has to help us, it works both ways.

"Snoddy started really well for us. He's got everything, a great left foot, he's creative and his amount of running is also very good.

"He also needs time to adjust to a new environment but I'm happy with Snoddy. He's going to be a big asset for us."

Source: PA