Slaven Bilic says his side must follow the lead of Dimitri Payet
By Nathan Orr
Last Updated: 03/10/16 3:00pm
Slaven Bilic says his West Ham side need to follow the lead of Dimitri Payet to lift the "confidence-killing" pressure on them.
The Hammers ended a run of four consecutive Premier League defeats with a 1-1 draw against Middlesbrough at the London Stadium on Saturday.
A moment of individual brilliance from Payet salvaged a point for West Ham but Bilic says securing wins is the only way to escape a high pressure situation.
"We are not a one-player team, but the others have to take their lead from Dimi," Bilic told the club's official website.
"We are not enjoying this pressure and it's hard to cope with it. You have to get out of this situation because this pressure stops you from expressing yourself in the best-possible way. This pressure is a confidence killer.
"This is a negative pressure and positive pressure is different. This is the one which is hard to cope with, but that's why we have to get a few points and wins to come out of that pressure and get that burden off our back."
West Ham's relocation to the London Stadium has not been a smooth transition, with some supporters making it clear they would have preferred to stay at Upton Park.
New additions Simone Zaza, Edimilson Fernandes and several others have faced criticism for not lifting the overall quality of the squad but Bilic remains optimistic it is just a matter of time before they settle in.
"All the summer signings are good players and they will come good, at least that's what we expect them to do," added Bilic. "They came to improve our team and some of them have played really well in some games, but we have to help them also to settle into a new country and new environment as soon as possible."
West Ham could receive a much needed boost after the international break, as Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho are edging closer to a return from injury.