West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic says there were “too many passengers” in his team as the Hammers were thumped 4-1 at home to Swansea City.
With the chances of the Upton Park outfit reaching the top four and into next season’s Champions League very slim after Saturday’s loss – a first for them in 10 games – a fifth place finish is now the target over the final two games of the season.
However, Bilic blamed his players lack of defending and the work ethic from certain individuals for the defeat at the Boleyn Ground.
Read more Match report: West Ham 1, Swansea City 4
Bilic said: “We have to congratulate [Swansea] and they deserved to win. We were second best. We had a great opening 20 minutes and everyone was waiting for us to score. But they took the lead and added another one.
“They put it to bed with the third goal. The way we defended was not good enough today and that is the biggest reason we lost. We had some passenger in the team today – who didn’t track back when needed. We need to react now. Had a great unbeaten run at home and set the bar high. We have to bounce back and it will be a memorable night.”
Winger Wayne Routledge put the visitors in front with a tap in before attacker Andre Ayew scored a similar goal to stun West Ham.
South Korean centre midfielder Ki Sung-Yeung made it three with a guided volley before substitute striker Bafetimbi Gomis wrapped it up for Francesco Guidolin’s side after West Ham’s Diafra Sakho netted from close range.
Despite the Hammers Champions League hopes all but over, it is sure to be a magnificent spectacle on Tuesday night (May 10) as the east Londoners face Manchester United in what will be the last ever fixture at Upton Park before they travel to the Britannia Stadium to to face Stoke City in the final game of the season.