Joe Hart's frank admission over West Ham and West Brom as Slaven Bilic faces style questions

Slaven Bilic, Manager of West Ham United greets Tony Pulis, Manager of West Bromwich Albion during the Premier League match between West Ham United and West Bromwich Albion at London...

West Ham United and West Bromwich Albion go head-to-head this weekend.

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic is seen during the Premier League match between Burnley and West Ham United at Turf Moor on May 21, 2017 in Burnley, England.

The Hammers go into the game off the back of a morale boosting 2-0 win over Huddersfield while the Baggies were soundly beaten 3-1 by Brighton.

Simply getting the win was all that mattered for Slaven Bilic last time out after finding himself under intense pressure following defeats in their opening three Premier League games.

But after the dust settled on a crucial three points many pundits and supporters questioned where exactly West Ham were heading with no discernible style or identity in the way the play.

Christopher Schindler of Huddersfield Town and Andy Carroll of West Ham United jump for the ball during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Huddersfield Town at London...

For much of the game against the Terriers West Ham went long to Andy Carroll and it certainly proved effective.

On Saturday a trip to the Hawthorns pits Bilic against the master of playing the percentages, Tony Pulis.

Both sides are physical and likely to go long for large periods.

And Hammers 'keeper Joe Hart has admitted on the club's official website the game will be a bit of a throwback.

"It’s not going to be one for the football purists!” he told

“It’s going to be a game full of heart and desire and the best team is going to win.”

Joe Hart of West Ham gives instructions during the Premier League match between Southampton and West Ham United at St Mary's Stadium on August 19, 2017 in Southampton, England.

Hart's comment is harmless enough and very much lighthearted.

But with pundits and supporters questioning where West Ham are going under Bilic it will give some fans cause for concern.

After all West Ham are the academy of football and supporters expect a certain style of play.

Meanwhile many West Brom fans have voiced their disapproval of Pulis' 'negative' brand of football.

Neither manager will care too much what people say about their styles as long as they get the three points come Saturday.

It all depends on where you stand over whether football is an entertainment business or a results business.

Only a handful of top teams regularly have both. 

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