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Published: 19:03 | 7/5/16

Bilic wants immediate response


West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has urged his team to bounce back from their shock 4-1 defeat against Swansea as they prepare to say farewell to the Boleyn Ground.

Despite a strong start, the Hammers suffered their first home defeat in the Premier League since August to hit their hopes of finishing in the top four.

They host Manchester United on Tuesday in the last fixture to be played at their Upton Park ground and Bilic is looking for an immediate response to ensure they ready for what promises to be an emotional night for the club.

"We have to bounce back. We have two games left and want to finish high. Whatever happens we have had a good season," Bilic said. "But our aim is to show a good spirit and character that has been with us all season and we hope to show that against Manchester United.

"It will be an emotional night and is a big game when you always play United, but the fact that it is the final ever game makes it even more special and we have to stay cool and stay focused because we want to win the game.

"We have been thinking about a European place since we knew it was reachable and we can still do it. When we give our best we still have a lot to offer."

Bilic accepted his side were second best on the day and believes they were made to pay for a couple of mistakes.

"It was a very bad result for us and it shocked us. We didn't expect it. At the beginning it looked really good and it was one of our best starts," he added.

"The only thing that was missing was our finishing product. That made us complacent because they didn't look dangerous.

"But we made a couple of mistakes and to be fair we were thinking that our colleague behind me will take the ball and let me be in a good position. But if you let their players have a one on one they are very capable of hurting you and we didn't help our defenders at all.

"We then conceded a goal and then when you concede a second it is very hard to come back. We have done it a few times but we needed to pull the goal back. To be fair we didn't deserve it."

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