West Ham United came from 2-0 down to beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night.
West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic has revealed to The Independent that he told his players to calm down at half time of their 3-2 Carabao Cup win over Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday night.
After losing 3-0 at home to Brighton and Hove Albion on Friday night, manager Slaven Bilic desperately needed a victory amid mounting speculation over his immediate future at Hammers boss.
Bilic was seemingly staring down the barrel at half time of Wednesday's Carabao Cup tie with London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, after seeing Moussa Sissoko and Dele Alli put Spurs 2-0 up inside the first half.
With the game finely poised, West Ham ended up finding a winner, with defender Angelo Ogbonna bagging the winner to complete a miraculous comeback from Bilic's men.
The hope now is that West Ham can use the euphoria from their memorable comeback to kickstart their Premier League season, with Bilic's side desperate to find that same energy and intensity on a regular basis.
Andre Ayew of West Ham United celebrates scoring against Tottenham
After their amazing fightback, Bilic has revealed to The Independent that he told his players to calm down and be braver on the ball, picking out Manuel Lanzini and Edimilson Fernandes as two players who needed to step up – and they did.
“I told them to calm down, to do some things better when they were having the ball, especially [Manuel] Lanzini and [Edimilson] Fernandes, and to start to be braver on the ball,” said Bilic. “And I told them that we are still in the game, and that goal is the decisive one. In the second half, we were closing down much better. Suddenly we score the goal, and gained energy, our crosses started to be world-class crosses to be fair, very hard for them to defend.”
Additionally, forward Ayew told Sky Sports that whilst West Ham were down at half time, Bilic's rousing team talk helped them go out and claim the win, with the Hammers players seemingly still backing their beleaguered manager.
“We stayed confident. We were down but the coach had the words,” said Ayew. “I want to congratulate the whole team, it's a massive win,” he added.