Slaven Bilic gives his verdict on West Ham draw and late Leicester equaliser

Slaven Bilic

The Hammers boss admits he was "gutted" to see his side concede a last-minute leveller and feels they did more than enough to deserve to win.

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has told Sky Sports that he is "gutted" that his side were not able to hold on for an impressive comeback win against league leaders Leicester City on Sunday, and insisted they deserved to take home all three points.

Having gone 1-0 down at the King Power Stadium, two goals in three minutes late on from Andy Carroll and Aaron Cresswell looked to have secured a valuable victory for Bilic's men.

However, referee Jon Moss, who made a series of questionable decisions throughout the match, made perhaps his biggest call in injury-time by awarding a soft-looking penalty to the home side, which was converted by Leonardo Ulloa to salvage a point for the Foxes.

After the game, Bilic insisted that the decision was a wrong one but said he did not blame the referee for making the decision, although he did admit he felt his side deserved to emerge victorious.

The Croatian boss told Sky Sports: "We are gutted, we did enough to win the game, before last five seconds. The game went that way, hard for referee with the crowd. I feel for him. Although It was not a penalty. On one hand Leicester is right, it is not a penalty, they have been doing this all year.

"We showed character and quality, even in the first-half. They scored from a counter-attack but we didn't lose shape, we coped well in the second-half with counter-attacks and after the equaliser we didn't stop searching for a second goal.

"Cresswell scored a great goal and then that happened. We did enough to win the game and deserved to win it."

Had the Irons been able to hold on for the win, they would have moved back to within a point of Manchester United in fifth and would have re-closed the gap on Manchester City in the race for a Champions League spot.

Bilic's side do not have long to brood on their disappointment of giving up ground in the race to qualify for Europe, as they are thrown straight back into action when they host Watford at Upton Park on Wednesday night.

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