Slaven Bilic makes surprising admission about West Ham's form this season

The Hammers boss admits that he did not realise the club are unbeaten in 13 league matches at home.

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has told reporters, as quoted by the Daily Mail, that he fancies his side to beat any team at Upton Park but admitted that he did not realise the club are unbeaten in 13 league home matches.

The Hammers have not suffered defeat in front of their own fans since losing 4-3 to Bournemouth on 22 August, and have conceded just 10 home goals since that shock early-season loss.

That form has been a cornerstone of the club's successful season which has seen them competing in the top half of the table for the majority of the campaign, with the club currently sitting just three points off a Champions League spot.

Ahead of a crunch home clash with Arsenal on Saturday, Bilic expressed his pleasure at turning Upton Park into a fortress but admitted that the full extent of his side's success at home had escaped his notice.

The Croatian boss told reporters, as quoted by the Daily Mail: "I didn’t know we are unbeaten for 13 games. It shows we are approaching every game as a single game. Whether league or cup, it is game-by-game.

"We know we have a good record at home and that is the reason why we are high in the table. We feel very confident. At Upton Park it is really hard for the opponent to beat us."

It has been a fitting way to mark the club's last season at their traditional home before the Hammers move into the larger Olympic Stadium for the start of the next campaign.

They will be hoping that first season in their new home will see them playing European football, and despite being held to a 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace last time out the Irons remain in touching distance of a first ever place in the Champions League.

They face a crucial week ahead of them, with the match against the Gunners - whom Bilic's side are just seven points behind - being followed by an FA Cup quarter-final replay against Manchester United in midweek before a trip to league leaders Leicester City next weekend.

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