Slaven Bilic makes bizarre admission about West Ham tactics which will frustrate fans

West Ham United's Croatian manager Slaven Bilic arrives for the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Huddersfield Town at The London Stadium, in east London on...

West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic has made something of a bizarre admission about his own tactics.

Slaven Bilic, Manager of West Ham United looks on prior to the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and West Ham United at The Hawthorns on September 16, 2017 in West Bromwich,...

The Hammers have recovered after a dreadful start to the season with back-to-back clean sheets securing four points, enough to lift them out of the relegation zone.

A 2-0 win over Huddersfield and 0-0 draw at West Bromwich Albion were down to hard work rather than freeflowing flair football.

And many pundits and supporters have questioned where the club are heading long term under Bilic's tutelage with no discernible identity or style to their game.

Supporters idolise Andy Carroll and fully appreciate what he brings to the team but also accept that the big Geordie dictates the side must play a certain brand of football to get the best out of him.

West Ham United's English striker Andy Carroll (R) gestures as he speaks with West Ham United's Croatian manager Slaven Bilic during the English Premier League football match between West...

But they will be frustrated at somewhat bizarre comments from the man they expect to outwit opposing managers after Bilic admitted on the club's official website he knowingly played into West Brom's hands at the weekend.

“Andy is always a threat and he was good in the air and also with stopping the balls and laying it off to the flanks,” Bilic told whufc.com.

"We put a lot of balls in where he couldn’t find a position to get a clean header, which is also down to West Brom, because they are known to defend well from those situations."

Bilic's honesty is admirable.

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...

But if the manager - like any supporter who has seen the Baggies play - knew playing high balls into the box would make life easier for West Brom, then why do it?

It raises questions over the Croatian's tactical acumen and with the likes of Diafra Sakho and Marko Arnautovic on the bench Bilic could have attacked the West Brom defence using pace and skill instead.

And perhaps it would have secured a confidence boosting second win in a row.

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