Ray Parlour explains what he liked about Slaven Bilic as West Ham beat Chelsea

Slaven Bilic has impressed this season with West Ham.

Speaking to talkSPORT (aired Wednesday, 09:35), former Arsenal great Ray Parlour has explained what impressed him about Slaven Bilic during West Ham’s victory over Chelsea at the weekend.

He said: “I think Bilic is a good manager, I really like the way he’s worked. I like the substitution he made at the weekend [against Chelsea], putting Andy Carroll on at the end. At that stage Chelsea were on top and could have nicked it. He was very positive with what he did, which West Ham fans must be delighted with.”

Bilic has his West Ham side sitting third in the Premier League table, and the victory over Chelsea represented another step in the Hammers’ exceptional season.

The Blues many not be playing particularly well, but the victory at the Boleyn Ground meant that West Ham have now defeated Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City this season.

And as Chelsea were getting back into the game, and were looking more likely winners, it was Bilic’s decision to thrown Andy Carroll into the mix which brought victory.

Parlour has praised the decision, as it was a positive move when Bilic could have simply decided to play defensively and fight for the draw. Putting Carroll on the field off play added another attacking threat, and the Blues could not deal with his aerial ability, scoring the winning goal with a powerful header.

Bilic’s season has been defined by some of his forward thinking tactical decisions in recent games, when the Hammers boss has decided to always push for victory rather than sitting on a draw.

There have been some set-backs with this system, such as the losses to Bournemouth and Leicester, but it has brought more points than have been lost, and is sure to keep West Ham fighting for European football for much of the season.

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