Slaven Bilic relieved to get off the mark


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Slaven Bilic admits it was a huge relief for West Ham to collect their first Premier League points of the season following Monday night’s 2-0 victory over Huddersfield at the London Stadium.

The Hammers were playing their first home match of the campaign and went into the contest under intense pressure after opening the season with three consecutive away defeats.

Second-half goals from Pedro Obiang and Andre Ayew sealed the victory for Bilic’s side and the Croatian conceded after the match that it was a crucial to secure the three points.

“I am happy for the lads, I am happy for the whole club,” he told Sky Sports.

“It was a very important game for us. We started with three away games but three defeats; it was a must-win game.

“I have felt the pressure for a whole year now – it didn’t start today.

For me, it’s not logical to be under pressure after three games but it’s modern football.”

Bilic, who also celebrated his 49th birthday on Monday, is hoping West Ham’s first league victory of the season can act as a springboard for the rest of the campaign.

He added: “It was very important. I think we’ve had a tough run. We needed three points and a clean sheet – that’s what we got.”

Next up for the Hammers is a match against West Brom at the Hawthorns on Saturday as they aim to win back-to-back top-flight games for the first time since January.

Bilic’s men are priced at 3.30 to win the match while the Baggies are available at 2.30 and the draw is on offer at 3.25.

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