West Ham supporters in the Transfer Tavern have been bemoaning their side’s inability to close a game out in the last few days after seeing the Hammers throw away a two-goal lead to draw at bottom side Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Slaven Bilic’s men went into their clash with the Premier League’s basement side off the back of beating Tottenham 3-2 in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup, and exuded confidence for much of the first half to open up a two-goal cushion thanks to strikes from Javier Hernandez and Andre Ayew. However, the East London outfit were unable to record a third league victory of the campaign as a Luka Milivojevic penalty and a 97th minute Wilfried Zaha effort secured a deserved point for Roy Hodgson’s side, although it wasn’t enough to drag them off the bottom of the division.
And for several of our resident West Ham fans, there was much disappointment given the comfortable lead they held at Selhurst Park, and it doesn’t appear to have done manager Bilic much good in his battle to retain his job at the club if a recent report from The Daily Mirror is anything to go by.
And that’s because they report that the Croat’s future at the London Stadium remains firmly in the balance following their disappointing draw at Palace on Saturday afternoon.
The 49-year-old took over at West Ham back in 2015 and led the club to a sixth place finish in his first season in East London, which coincided with their final campaign at Upton Park.
Since then though, things have been tough for Bilic as he oversaw a frustrating 11th place finish last term in their first season at the London Stadium, and their 16th place standing at present after ten games of the campaign isn’t helping his cause.
However, their incredible victory over Spurs last week, in which they came from 2-0 down at half time to reach the quarter finals of the Carabao Cup, is likely to give the Croat slightly more time, although reports suggests that the Premier League is the hierarchy’s main priority.
And with games against Liverpool, Watford, and Leicester City to come, Bilic must start picking up wins if he is to remain West Ham boss.
Landlord’s verdict: West Ham’s impressive 3-2 win at Tottenham in the Carabao Cup last week looked like giving manager Slaven Bilic more time in the Hammers hotseat, but the manner of the 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace on Saturday has thrown that into doubt once again.
The East London outfit were cruising at 2-0 up but individual errors cost them all three points at Selhurst Park, and although a cup run is great for the fans and indeed the club, the Premier League form is the one that needs improving.
And it appears that Bilic’s future still remains firmly in the balance following Saturday’s result, and with tricky games coming up against Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, and Arsenal all before Christmas, the 49-year-old is certainly facing a fight to keep his job at the London Stadium.
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