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We're on Team Bilic, says Collins

Filed: Monday, 11th September 2017
By: Staff Writer

Veteran defender James Collins has spoken out in support of manager Slaven Bilic, following yet further rumours that the manager is set to be replaced.

The Welsh international said it was "crazy" that Bilic should be feeling the heat even before his team had played a single match at home this season - and admitted that the players "owe the gaffer a performance" against Huddersfield in Stratford tonight.

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"Everyone at the club would like to get the boss three points," said the 33-year-old defender, who is entering the final year of his contract at West Ham. "He’s been under tremendous pressure.

"It’s crazy in football that the managers get put under so much pressure when sometimes the players really need to look at themselves. We know we haven’t performed and the manager has done the best he can.

"On Monday we’re going to go out with our hearts on our sleeves and hopefully get three points for him. He takes it all on his shoulders, but the players need to look at ourselves and really put in a performance for him."

And Collins, who has privately expressed his own frustration at the team's dreadful start to the campaign believes that a positive start is paramount to achieving a successful outcome this evening.

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"Maybe confidence is down, but a good first ten minutes on Monday night and you’ll see a different West Ham," he predicted. "All I can say is all the lads here at West Ham are completely behind the boss.

"We know we’ve got to perform better than we have done. If you go into games cowering then you’re not going to perform. I wouldn’t say there is tension.

"I’ve been in this position before, I’ve been at the club a long time, and we’ve got to perform. We’re all good players who are here for a reason. You don’t turn into a bad player in three games. We know the quality is there."

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   arrow   Pre-match press conference: Slaven Bilic v Brighton [19th Oct 2017]
   arrow   Bilic spoilt for choice as Hammers travel north [14th Oct 2017]
   arrow   In brief - Tuesday's news round-up [19th Sep 2017]
   arrow   Collins back by October [18th Sep 2017]
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   arrow   Bilic, Antonio, Carroll & Ayew : Wednesday's news [13th Sep 2017]
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