Bilic explains the main 'problem' with West Ham's performance last night

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has explained what he found frustrating about his team's performance in the Europa League game against Astra last night.

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has been quoted by the club’s official website, suggesting his team let their concentration slip last night against Astra.

The Hammers could only manage a 2-2 draw in the first leg of their latest Europa League qualifying game, as the start of the new Premier League season draws ever closer.

Bilic has also suggested that the club were hampered during the game in terms of being able to switch things up later in the match, with no more substitutions possible for him to change things.

“We definitely played well in the first hour, but the game lasts 90 minutes and we had to react better to going down to ten men,” he told

“The problem was also that we could not change a lot because we had already done two substitutions so we had to wait. We were one man down and we couldn’t change in case someone else got injured and we went two men down.”

Experience in the side needs to step forward

The more experienced players in the first team squad need to step forward and make a difference for the Hammers in similar difficult situations.

They need to ensure that players aren’t letting their concentration slip at vital points in the game, to ensure that resilience remains evident throughout the side.

Discipline will be a worry

The discipline of the side will be a little bit of a worry for the manager.

The red card shown to James Collins last night was the club’s third in five matches in the competition, which is leaving the side without key players for important games and the boss needs to find a way of addressing that.

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