Victor Moses’ head coach at West Ham Slaven Belic says the Nigerian and his team-mates’ display against Crystal Palace on Sunday gave him his proudest moment so far.
The Nigerian international set the ball rolling at Selhurst road when he set up Carl Jenkinson to finish from close range and put the Hammers in front before Yohan Cabaye made it 1-1 with a twice-taken penalty. With two minutes left Manuel Lanzini and Dimitri Payet both scored to seal victory for the Bilic’s troops.
Bilic who arrived at Upton Park this summer following the exit of Sam Alladyce has overseen victories over top teams like Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City on their travels but the Croats insist Selhurst Park performance made him very proud.
“We played really good, especially in the first half, we started the game really well and had a great chance in the first minute, to be fair.
“When you play Palace they are going to have their moments because they have the players with pace to make the pitch short, and they have a great team spirit. Alan Pardew has done a great job here, they are great in every set piece and that’s why they were fourth in the in the league.
“I told the boys on Friday night in the hotel when we were analysing them that this was the game we were looking forward to the most. OK, Arsenal and Liverpool are big games, but this is the game against a dangerous team and I wanted to have respect for them.
“You have to defend and be good on second balls, reactions and in transitions, but I wanted us to come here and say ‘We respect you, but we are good’ and we did that from the start of the game.
“Of course the red card helped us in a way because they weren’t as dangerous as they were in the first half, but it created more problems for us because we couldn’t hit them on the break when they weren’t organised, because they were behind the ball.
“For that, you need some kind of magic or you need patience or shots from distance or good crosses, and we were doing that constantly and switching sides and in the end, it worked! That’s why I am so proud of my players and our Club.” Bilic told West Ham TV.
Bilic men have now scored 12 goals in five away Premier League games this term, netting at least twice in all five of them and Payet has had a hand in 15 of those (six goals, nine assists) in his last 17 league appearances (Premier League and Ligue 1 combined)