Slaven Bilic explains reason why he substituted Reece Oxford against Leicester

Slaven Bilic

Slaven Bilic has explained why he substituted Reece Oxford against Leicester City.

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has told Sky Sports that he took Reece Oxford off against Leicester in order to play a quicker passing game.

Bilic experienced a dream start to life in as a Premier League manager last week, beating Arsenal 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium in a stunning victory.

Today though, the Hammers came unstuck as an in-form Leicester City left Upton Park with a 2-1 win following first half goals from Shinji Okazaki and Riyad Mahrez.

Dimitri Payet continued his impressive start to life in England with a goal for West Ham, but it wasn't enough to get Bilic's men back into the game.

Most of the discussion prior to the fixture surrounded teenage sensation Reece Oxford, after the 16-year-old starred against Arsenal last week.

Today though, Oxford was substituted at half time, and speaking to Sky Sports after the defeat, Bilic has explained why Pedro Obiang came on in his place.

"It wasn't, to be fair to Reece, his bad performance or the other guys played good, I just wanted to put Pedro on to have much quicker passing and much quicker switching of sides, which we started to do much better in the second half. That put us in a position to hurt them more," said Bilic.

Oxford appears to have a very bright future ahead of him, and after his exceptional display last week, it was always going to be hard to follow that act.

Bilic needs to ease the teenager into regular first-team football, and whilst today wasn't his day, he will no doubt replicate his display against Arsenal in the near future.

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