West Ham manager Slaven Bilic lamented his side’s continuous problem with defending set pieces as the key reason for their 2-1 defeat to Hull City Saturday afternoon.
For yet another time this season, a dead ball situation has proven costly for the Hammers, as Andrea Ranocchia’s 85th minute winning header made the Croatian tactician digest a fourth consecutive defeat.
“We can’t concede a goal from a set piece again,” Bilic said in the post game interview with IMG Premier League media. “It is the set pieces basically that we are paying the price for.”
“We conceded two against Leicester, we conceded one against Bournemouth. We are practicing them. We done a lot of them yesterday, on the training pitch. And then talking about how should we defend, how should we mark the players. But at the end, Ranocchia was basically in that position alone and we didn’t mark him.”
When asked about his current mindset through this difficult patch, Bilic reiterated that his confidence in himself hasn’t diminished.
“I’m doing my job, I’m motivated. And I think and I know that the game plan was very good today. And we showed some good stuff in the first half also, after they equalized also in the second half. But if you make so many mistakes, then you are paying the price.”