Bilic urges West Ham focus on league performances despite cup exit, says Collins

The Hammers manager is keen to see his side focus on their impressive Premier League start following their League Cup defeat to Leicester.

Speaking to the club’s official website, West Ham United defender James Collins says manager Slaven Bilic has urged his players to focus on their league performances following their Capital One Cup exit.

The Hammers were beaten 2-1 by Leicester City on Tuesday evening, ending their participation in the competition at the third round stage.

It was a disappointing result for the side, who lost out after Andy King scored a winner in extra time after Mauro Zarate had cancelled out an early goal from Foxes youngster Joe Dodoo.

They are, however, flying in the league after beating Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool on the road, and Collins says Bilic has called upon his squad to maintain their efforts on that front.

“It’s a setback, but as the Gaffer said in there we’ve done tremendously well in the league,” he told

“We performed well in patches on Tuesday, kept the ball nicely but probably didn’t create too many clear cut chances to win it. It could have gone either way, but they scored a quality goal to win it.”

A fantastic performance from Adrian 

Despite the disappointing result against Leicester, it was another good performance from Bilic’s side, who are enjoying a fine start under the Croatian.

One player who put in a particularly memorable performance for the Hammers was goalkeeper Adrian, with the Spaniard producing several brilliant saves to keep the scores level before King’s eventual winner.

And Collins was quick to praise his teammate for his showing at the King Power Stadium.

“The goalkeeper was great for us,” he added.

”He was there when he was called upon, he’s paid to make saves and that’s what he did on Tuesday.”

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