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Slaven Bilic: 10 Best West Ham games


Filed: Wednesday, 8th November 2017
By: Staff Writer


Popular manager Slaven Bilic was sacked by West Ham on Monday after two-and-a-half years at the helm.

So we thought we'd take a look back at his tenure as Hammers boss, and pick our ten favourite games from his spell in charge! Agree/disgaree? Let us know in the commtns section at the bottom of the piece, or via the KUMB Forum.


10. Man Utd 1-1 West Ham Utd (13 March 2016)



9,000 Hammers made trip up the M1 where, for the first time in many a year, they entered a game at Old Trafford not as huge underdogs. A Dimitri Payet free kick - a goal so stunning that KUMB's long-suffering match reporter Gordon Thrower wrote "Iím racking my brains to remember a better free-kick from a West Ham player in the 48 years Iíve been going" - put West Ham ahead, before Martin Atkinson failed to spot a blatant offside and the fact that Bastien Schweinsteiger had shoved 'keeper Darren Randolph into the net allowing the hosts to earn a replay they barely deserved.


9. West Ham Utd 1-0 Tottenham (2 March 2016)



Not only was this a win that would ultimately end Tottenham's slim chances of landing the Premier League title, it was a victory that took Bilic's on-fire Hammers to within a point of the Champions League places with just ten Premier League matches left to play that season. Michail Antonio lit up the East End with the game's only goal, an early header.


8. Blackburn 1-5 West Ham Utd (21 February 2016)



A simply fantastic FA Cup away day. The game couldn't have got off to a worse start for Bilic's boys as they fell behind to an early Ben Marshall strike. However goals from Dimi Payet (2), Emmanuel Emenike (2) and Victor Moses showed that even in the FA Cup, this brave new team were to be no pushovers as they marched on to a last eight tie with Man Utd.


7. Man City 1-2 West Ham Utd (19 September 2015)



The Hammers were given little chance of producing a shock against title favourites Man City, despite having previously impressed at Arsenal. However a shock was on the cards from the moment Vic Moses beat Joe Hart low to his left, before Diafra Sakho added a second on the half hour mark- and the Hammers clung on to record a notable win.


6. West Ham Utd 1-0 Tottenham (5 May 2017)



For the second successive season Tottenham arrived in the East End needing to get a result in order to maintain their slim title chances - and for the second successive season, they were sent back to North London with their tails between their legs as Manny Lanizni's effort won the day. The Olympic Stadium had not been a happy hunting ground for Bilic's side following the move from E6, but this was one of the first signs that the stadium could generate an electric atmosphere.


5. Arsenal 0-2 West Ham Utd (9 Aug 2015)



West Ham had already been dumped out of the Europa League by Astra Giurgiu (for the first time) by the time the opening day of the Premier League season arrived. Bilic's new side were given little chance of success at The Emirates, yet secured a thoroughly-impressive and unexpected win courtesy of strikes from Cheik Kouyate and Mauro Zarate.

4. Tottenham 2-3 West Ham Utd (25 Oct 2017)



A frail and out-of-form West Ham were given little hope of progressing to the next stage of the Carabao Cup, an eventuality that looked even less likely at half time when they trailed 2-0. However a stunning Andre Ayew-inspired comeback culminated with Angelo Ogbonna's late header, giving United a 3-2 win and leavingthousands of travelling fans joyously singing "it's happening again".


3. Everton 2-3 West Ham Utd (5 March 2016)



Dimitri Payet had been sidelined by an awful Jame McCarthy Challenge in the corresponding fixture at the Boleyn which meant this was always going to be a tasty affair. But it was West Ham and their mercurial Frenchman who were to have the last laugh as despite falling two behind, goals from Michail Antonio, Diafra Sakho and Payet - who else? - secured another huge win for Bilic's boys on Merseyside.


2. Liverpool 0-3 West Ham Utd (29 August 2015)



West Ham's winless run at Anfield was the stuff of legend. Some 52 years had passed since a Hammers side had won on the red half of Merseyside before Bilic's side finally broke the hoodoo with a stunning win in the first month of the season courtesy of goals from Manuel Lanzini, captain Mark Noble (who was also sent off) and Diafra Sakho.


1. West Ham Utd 3-2 Man Utd (10 May 2016)



Regardless of the result, this night would have gone down in folklore as it marked the end of West Ham's 112-year run at the Boleyn Ground. But West Ham's stunning comeback was the perfect way to cap the end of an era and for one night, at least, the dream didn't just fade and die. Diafra Sakho put West Ham ahead inside the opening 10 minutes before Anthony Martial levelled shortly after the restart then put the visitors in front. With 15 to play Michail Antonio made it 2-2, setting up Winston Reid for the winner five minutes later.


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