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We need a win, says Slaven


Filed: Friday, 23rd September 2016
By: Staff Writer


Although the season is just five games old, Slaven Bilic believes this weekend's clash with Southampton is a 'must win' affair.

West Ham's slow start to the Premier League campaign - which has resulted in just one win, that coming against Bournemouth - has left the Hammers in the bottom three.

However Bilic believes that his side are ready to give a better account of themselves this weekend when they face a Saints side which has also managed just one win from their opening five games.

"We need it," said Bilic when asked about the importance of three points during his pre-match press conference. "I said after the West Brom game that we had three massive games until the international break, starting in the cup, and then two big league games.

“It is a good opportunity for us because we are playing at home against a good team and we can get out of the situation we are in. It would mean a lot to get three points; it would boost the confidence and bring back the belief at a very important stage of the season.

"Although it is still very early, we need the points."




Bilic stated earlier in the week that the team faced three big games ahead of the forthcoming international break - against Accrington Stanley, Southampton this weekend and then Middlesbrough at home next weekend.

And despite having to wait until the 96th minute of Wednesday's EFL Cup clash for a winnning goal, Bilic believes his squad are back on the right track.

"We had three big games; we have won one and kept a clean sheet," he said. "That is very important after conceding eight goals in [the previous] two games. We have ticked the box in one game and now have another massive game on Sunday.

“We are playing at home again against a team who are playing well at the moment. They did not start points wise the best but they got a win in Europe last week which gave them confidence and played well last weekend.

"It will be very hard, of course."





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