West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic was in a reflective mood after his West Ham side’s 4-1 defeat at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur – claiming the north Londoners deserved the win.
The Lilywhites capitalised on a lacklustre performance by the Hammers as England striker Harry Kane and Belgian international Toby Alderweireld fired Spurs into a 2-0 half time lead.
Kane went on to grab a second, before right back Kyle Walker finished the rout. West Ham ’s Manuel Lanzini could only score a late consolation.
Bilic insisted it was a shock because of the good preparation but the hosts were too good for them on the day.
“It was a shock and we deserved to be beaten,” he said. “We prepared well for this game because it’s a London derby. The training looked good so we were prepared but we just couldn’t put it on the pitch.
“The game started okay and it was normal but in some situations we were too deep and we allowed to come close to our box without doing something special.
“That’s how we conceded the first goal and the second goal was cheap as well. Apart from the goals we conceded we played okay and I still had that belief we could get something from the game. We created some opportunities around there box but we just need a bit more quality.
“The third goal was an individual mistake and it just killed the game. We played bad but we have to admit they played a really good game of football. They were quicker and stronger than us and we move on.”
The back four of Carl Jenkinson, James Tomkins, Winston Reid and Aaron Cresswell all made mistakes leading up to the goals resulting in Mauricio Pochettino’s men dominating the match.
But Bilic refused to point the finger at the back four, explaining goals always come from mistakes.
“Every goal is from an individual mistake,” He said. “If you freeze the picture you could say it was a mistake. If you are sitting that deep and are 20 metres facing the goal with none of our players surrounding them then sooner or later someone will make a mistake.
“The player will then show his class and react better. The first and second goals were our mistake because we were too deep.
“Every player is trying to press but you have to resist. We didn’t do that and as a result Spurs pounced on our poor display and we suffered.”
After this loss West Ham still sit in sixth place and will look to respond with a good performance in their next game at home to West Bromwich Albion.