Slaven Bilic admits what he wants to see happen to West Ham more often

Slaven Bilic

The Hammers boss says he wants mor epenalties given for his side and would not mind his players occasionally going to ground.

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has told reporters, as quoted by the Mirror, that he wants to see his side awarded more penalties and suggested that he would not mind seeing his players occasionally go to ground easily in the box.

The Hammers were awarded their first spot-kick in an away match for four years in the 2-2 draw with Leicester City at the King Power Stadium, but were denied a victory when referee Jonathan Moss gave the home side a soft-looking penalty in injury-time.

West Ham's penalty had also been deemed a controversial decision in a game littered with questionable calls from the official, with Wes Morgan called up for fouling Winston Reid when it looked to be a 50-50 struggle.

Whilst that one was awarded, Bilic revealed he still harbours some ill-feeling over Dimitri Payet being booked for diving in the FA Cup quarter-final with Manchester United at Old Trafford.

However, though the Croatian boss insisted that he would prefer to see his players stay on their feet and get a shot or a pass away, he did admit that he would not be averse to the idea of them going to ground easily if it meant his side would be awarded more spot-kicks.

Bilic said, as quoted by the Mirror: "When your player comes into the box, you want him to assist or to have a strike on goal. His first idea shouldn’t be to watch for a contact and all that.

"We, as a club, don’t want to get that label, but occasionally I wouldn’t mind it. But I’m proud that we’re not that kind of club. Even if it was only one example that they were labelling us – the dive with Dimitri Payet – that was a touch. [And] Sometimes when you feel a touch you go down, which is different for me than diving. So that wasn’t a dive.

"[But] I’m not Mahatma Gandhi. I’m not going to lie. I would like us to get a penalty."

West Ham were on course for a vital victory at the Foxes before Leicester's penalty deep into injury-time, and would have found themselves within one point of Manchester United in fifth had they been able to hold on.

As it is, the Hammers are now three points off United and seven points off a Champions League spot with just five matches of the season to go ahead of tonight's clash with Watford.

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