Slaven Bilic issues defiant statement ahead of West Ham United's final few fixtures

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West Ham United have just six games remaining in their season.

West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic has told the London Evening Standard that he will not allow his players to feel sorry for themselves after being knocked out of the FA Cup by Manchester United in midweek.

West Ham had made no secret of their desire to lift the FA Cup this season, and they went into their match against the Red Devils full of confidence.

However, the Hammers were outplayed for large periods of the match against Louis van Gaal’s side and they ended up losing 2-1.

Bilic admits that the defeat was a great disappointment, but he is refusing to allow his players to get too down about the result.

"The FA Cup defeat by Manchester United was bitterly disappointing - there is no escaping that," the Croatian boss admitted. 

"This was our big chance to win a trophy this season and it didn’t happen. The players, the board, the staff, the fans, myself — we were all down afterwards.

"Now, though, what will be the reaction? We have six matches to go and 18 points available.

"What will we do? Are we going to feel a little sorry for ourselves and let our season fizzle out, after all the hard work we have put in?

"Or shall we find the resolve to come back stronger and truly show what we are made of? These last six matches will be a true test of character and I am confident this team — these players — will not be found wanting."

West Ham are still trying to protect their place in the European qualification spots, so they will be under pressure to finish the season strongly.

Bilic’s side have not won any of their last five matches in all competitions, and they are under pressure from Southampton.

West Ham also have a reason to look up the Premier League table, as they still have outside hopes of claiming a top four space.

If the London side can win all six of their remaining matches, they could stand a chance of catching Manchester City, who are currently five points ahead of them.

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