Slaven Bilic explains why recent weeks have been more difficult for West Ham

Slaven Bilic

The Hammers manager believes the club have become victims of their own success, but insists they have coped well.

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has admitted after the victory over Watford that the club have become victims of their own success this season but insists his players are coping well with the pressure, as quoted by BBC Sport.

A sixth goal in the last six games for Andy Carroll and two penalties from Mark Noble - after Bilic suggested his side were not being awarded enough spot-kicks - were enough to see off the Hornets 3-1 at Upton Park.

Hammers defender Winston Reid suggested earlier this week that the team needed to find a way to stop conceding late goals if they were to kick on, and it will come as a relief to players, manager, and supporters alike to see them hold onto a lead.

The victory was the Irons' first in seven matches in all competitions after they conceded a late equaliser in each of their last four league matches, a run which saw them lose ground on the race for European qualification.

Bilic was pleased to see his side return to winning ways, and insisted that his players are coping with the pressure of becoming victims of their own successful season.

The Croatian boss said, as quoted by BBC Sport: "We wanted to prove to Watford that we are a much better team than the game between us at their ground [which we lost].

"We can say they had half of their mind on the weekend and they rested players which we expected. But their line-up still had internationals.

"We are victims of our success as the bar is always more and more up. We are coping with that well. This game was a big one because I told the players 'the season is good or very good anyway but after this game are we going to look up and try to catch those teams'. Still we have to look down as Liverpool are in good form."

The Hammers' victory moves them back to within four points of a first-ever qualification for the Champions League in their final season at Upton Park.

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