Bilic demands Hammers response

Bilic demands Hammers response

Slaven Bilic is expecting his West Ham players to bounce back against West Brom after last week's shock loss to Watford.

The Croatian coach has admitted he read the riot act to his players after they let a two-goal lead slip against the Hornets, who came from behind to win 4-2 at the London Stadium.

That result pushed the Hammers down to 17th place in the Premier League table with just one win from their first four matches in what has been an underwhelming start from Bilic's men.

The West Ham boss is expecting an improved performance against fellow strugglers West Brom this weekend, although he admits it will not be an easy game at the Hawthorns.

"It was not a good performance last week. More individual and mis-understanding from a couple of players," said Bilic.

"We have talked about it behind closed doors. We had a really good meeting and now we are waiting for the reaction from the team.

"West Brom have a good team and they are playing good football. I have a big respect for Tony Pulis and the job he does every year."

Meanwhile, Bilic has denied Watford captain Troy Deeney's suggestion that his players were trying to "mug off" the Hornets, insisting there was no let up from his team last weekend.

"I don't think my players under-estimate any team we have played so far. We were expecting a tough game against Watford and were right," he added.