Julian Dicks explains what put a downer on Slaven Bilic's debut season as West Ham boss

West ham coach Julian Dicks signs autographs before the game

West Ham United enjoyed a fantastic first season under Slaven Bilic but his coach Julian Dicks explains what put a dampener on things.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic and coach Julian Dicks (L) during trainingWest Ham manager Slaven Bilic and coach Julian Dicks (L) during training

The Hammers impressed fans and pundits alike by mounting a serious challenge for the Champions League places last season.

As well as taking a number of notable scalps home and away, including a historic treble over Liverpool, Bilic reinvigorated the East Londoners with stars such as Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini helping rediscover the 'West Ham way' once more.

The Irons officially enjoyed their best ever season in the Premier League era in terms of points and ended with a positive goal difference for the first time in 30 years.

West Ham's Winston Reid celebrates scoring their third goalWinston Reid scores the winning goal in a 3-2 triumph over Manchester United in the last ever game at Upton Park

Records and great memories

Bilic also masterminded a fitting and thrilling 3-2 comeback win over Manchester United in the last ever game at Upton Park.

And the club now qualified for the Europa League despite two defeats in their last three games seeing them drop from fifth to seventh by the season's end.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic speaks with first team coach Julian Dicks during trainingWest Ham manager Slaven Bilic speaks with first team coach Julian Dicks during training

Taskmaster Dicks difficult to please

While most West Ham fans were delighted with what they saw last season, taskmaster Dicks told the club's official website what spoiled it for him.

"Obviously we had a good season last season," Dicks told whufc.com.

"But for me, the Swansea game (a 4-1 home defeat) put a downer on the season.

"I know it seems silly to say about one game, but it put a downer on it because we performed so well, and obviously the Stoke game as well (a 2-1 final day away defeat), they put a downer on the season."

West ham coach Julian Dicks signs autographs before the gameWest ham coach Julian Dicks signs autographs before a game

Those matches could have been the difference between Champions League spot

While Dicks' comments may seem harsh, he makes a good point considering the Hammers ended up missing out on the Champions League by just five points.

Had the Hammers maintained their fine home form against the Swans in the penultimate game at Upton Park and converted a host of gilt-edged chances at Stoke, they could have ended up above fourth-placed Manchester City by a point.

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