Bilic offers honest appraisal of late win

Bilic offers honest appraisal of late win

Slaven Bilic admitted his side "didn't play good" as they left it very late to beat League Two side Accrington in the EFL Cup.

Dimitri Payet rescued the Hammers with an injury-time free-kick to see off Stanley 1-0 in the third round on Wednesday and Bilic's side will now face Chelsea in a London derby in the fourth round.

The Hammers, reeling from four straight defeats in all competitions and amid a backdrop of discontent at their new stadium, were down to 10 men and heading for extra time against the minnows.

But Payet, on as a half-time substitute, sent them through with a trademark strike in the sixth minute of stoppage time.

"The main thing was to go through," said Bilic. "We expected an easier win, with the greatest respect, and not to have to do it in the last minute.

"We wanted to progress and that's why we brought Dimitri, and Manuel Lanzini and Michail Antonio on.

"We went down to 10 men but we wanted to score before extra time and then, a great moment from a great player. We didn't play good but I thought we deserved to win.

"It was not exactly what we wanted tonight - but it's a win."