West Ham v Swansea

Following the game, Bilic jokingly said that he was surprised to see the Senegal worldwide score, "We started the game well and had a couple of opportunities but then that goal was a little unexpected from Cheikhou!"

Kouyate is West Ham's man of the moment after scoring a fantastic goal in the crucial 1-0 win over Swansea City last time out.

West Ham veteran James Collins insists that it is easy to hide behind Slaven Bilic when the team are not performing well, but he and his team-mates love their boss and will stand by his side defending him.

A scrappy opening 20 minutes gave way to a spell of West Ham pressure, with Manuel Lanzini fizzing a 25-yard free-kick over the top and Robert Snodgrass' risky header saved by Lukasz Fabianski on the goal line.

Clement sent on Fernando Llorente and Luciano Narsingh at half-time and the changes nearly brought an immediate impact when Narsingh's shot was blocked by James Collins.

However, they have an opportunity to get some points on the board when they host Paul Clement's Swansea on Saturday, with the Swans themselves on a bad run of no win in their last four games.

Backed by West Ham's owners earlier this week, Bilic had called for his team to stick together and they appeared to have heeded the message in a lively start. I speak particularly about us, that was really the case in the first half.

"It's going to be massive, but every game left is like a final now".

But Kouyate's strike lifted them eight points clear of the drop zone and eased some of the pressure on manager Slaven Bilic. I thought it was a poor game lacking quality. It's not a good afternoon for us.

"We can't make excuses, it wasn't good enough". We were less anxious, but in terms of shape and technical quality, we were not at the level required.

'We have to deal with it or we will be playing in the Championship next year'. We made a huge amount of mistakes.

'There was a lot of fear in our play, and although that improved slightly in the second half from a battling perspective.

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