West Ham United drew 1-1 with West Bromwich Albion in their latest outing.
Slaven Bilic has claimed on West Ham United’s official site that Mauro Zarate and Manuel Lanzini both allowed their levels to drop in the second half of his side’s match against West Bromwich Albion at the weekend.
West Ham dominated the first half of their fixture against the Baggies, but Tony Pulis’s men were transformed after the break.
West Brom scored through Rickie Lambert to claim a draw in the contest, and they could have grabbed all three points had they been slightly more clinical.
And Bilic felt that his side’s performance in the second period was short of their best, as both Lanzini and Zarate both took their foot off the gas.
“Manuel and Mauro were involved in most of the moves and they dropped a bit in the second half because they used up a lot of energy in the first half,” the Croatian boss said.
“When they dropped a little bit we also dropped and we are not happy with one point but we have to admit it was a fair result.”
Zarate had opened the scoring for West Ham in the fixture, with a wonderful free-kick.
It was the Argentine’s fifth goal of the season, and his performance offered hope that he may be able to step up and fill the void that Dimitri Payet’s absence through injury leaves.
Lanzini, meanwhile, has been one of the Hammers’ top performers all season – and his talents are well known.
The 22-year-old has been a key source of creativity for West Ham, but he will need to raise his game in the coming weeks.
Bilic’s side have now failed to win any of their last four matches, with their next game coming against title-chasing Manchester United.