Slaven Bilic tells West Ham to stop first-half shockers after draw at Sunderland
Last Updated: 03/10/15 7:24pm
Slaven Bilic called on West Ham to sort out their first-half performances after they salvaged a 2-2 draw at Sunderland.
The Londoners went to Wearside chasing a fourth straight away win for the first time in the Premier League era, but they were 2-0 down inside 22 minutes against a side yet to win in the league.
But Carl Jenkinson halved the deficit right on half-time, and Dimitri Payet completed the comeback after Sunderland had Jeremain Lens sent off.
Bilic told Sky Sports: "We couldn't be worse than we were in the first half, losing second balls and all that, and our offensive players were simply not there.
"But at the end of the game it's a good point for us. We are sitting good in the table, we scored two goals and we ended very positively with us trying for half an hour to win the game.
"We can talk about two totally opposite emotions. It was awful in some parts of the first half - they could even have been three up, but we showed good team spirit and quality. We ended up totally dominating the game."
West Ham were two goals down at the break against Leicester and Bournemouth earlier in the season, and Bilic said: "OK - we are not Real Madrid, not Manchester United, but we shouldn't be like we were in a couple or maybe three first halves so far.
"Sometimes it can happen but three out of eight is, for my taste, a bit too much."
Bilic shared a final-whistle embrace with Dick Advocaat, whose future as Sunderland manager is uncertain.
He said: "I would really like him to stay because I saw him on the touchline with me and he is full of energy. It would be a shame if he goes, and I really hope that he stays."