West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic says he is happy with a draw against an in-form Stoke City side after a 0-0 draw at the Boleyn Ground on Saturday.
Bilic praised the Hammers and the Potters’ defending saying that a point for both teams “was a fair result”.
He said: “It was a very entertaining draw. The game was full of energy – it was at a high tempo and both teams defended really well. You had to create something really special to find the goal but both teams defended brilliantly.”
Both teams had glorious opportunities to score stopped by two goalkeepers in fine form. Hammers striker Andy Carroll was denied by the Premier League’s best goal keeper so far this season in the shape of Jack Butland while Argentine attacker Mauro Zarate rattled the post in the second half.
Meanwhile, Austrian player Marko Arnautovic should have scored in the first half while his deflected 25 yard free kick hit the cross bar. On loan Chelsea man Marco Van Ginkel and former Manchester United frontman Mame Biram Diouf were both denied on multiple occasions.
Despite missing several key players such as Dimitri Payet, Winston Reid, Victor Moses and Manuel Lanzini, Bilic hailed the players team work that proved to be the pivotal reason for keeping a clean sheet.
“I am pleased on one hand and I know we’ve missed key players,” said the 47-year-old. “I said to the players after the game against Manchester United at Old Trafford that the only way we will get through this busy set of fixtures without key players is through teamwork.
“We have done exactly that but if you asked me before every game if would take a point I would say no especially when we play at home. Considering how the players performed I cannot be unhappy and I couldn’t ask for much more of them.”
The Hammers will be looking to end their six game winless streak when they face a managerless Swansea City side at the Liberty Stadium next Sunday before travelling to Aston Villa on Boxing Day.