David Sullivan stresses what Liverpool draw proved about West Ham

West Ham co owner David Sullivan

The Hammers co-chairman was hugely encouraged by what he saw at Anfield.

West Ham United co-chairman David Sullivan has told the club's official website that he was hugely impressed by the team's reaction to going 1-0 down early on in their clash with Liverpool at Anfield.

The Hammers came back strong from Adam Lallana's fifth-minute opener on Sunday and led at half-time through Dimitri Payet's free-kick and Michail Antonio's goal.

A Darren Randolph mistake gifted Divock Origi an equaliser early in the second half, but again the Hammers stood firm rather than capitulating - as they have done on several occasions this season - to hold out for a very credible 2-2 draw.

West Ham United's Michail Antonio celebrates scoring their second goal

It was an encouraging and refreshing show of spirit from the East London side, who too often this term have not simply not displayed the fight needed to improve their position.

Sullivan admitted to the club's website that he feels far more positive about the season after the display, and stressed that the team finally got back to showing "what West Ham is all about".

The co-chairman wrote: "I think we are all feeling more positive about our season after Sunday's performance at Liverpool. Personally, I was impressed with the spirit and togetherness shown by the team after falling behind early on. After what happened late on against Arsenal, some teams would have crumbled after Adam Lallana’s goal, but not West Ham United.

"Slaven Bilic and his players can take a lot of pride from what they achieved against Liverpool, who have been thrashing teams at home this season. Instead of going into their shells and feeling sorry for themselves, they showed what playing for West Ham is all about.

"We tightened things up at the back, pressed them all over the pitch as a team scored two great goals. We deserved to be winning at half-time. Make no mistake about it, getting a draw at Anfield was important for the confidence and belief in the squad – and sets us up for two vital home matches this week."

As alluded to by Sullivan, the Hammers now have a run of fixtures which is absolutely crucial to their season.

They first face two eminently winnable home games against Burnley and Hull City this week, before trips to struggling Swansea City and last season's champions Leicester City before the turn of the year.

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic gestures

 

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