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Sep 30, 2017 at 3pm UK at London Stadium
Attendance: 56,922
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SwanseaSwansea City
Sakho (89')
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Slaven Bilic 'relieved' with late win

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic admits his "relief" after his side defeated Swansea City for just their second league win of the season.

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has admitted his "relief" after watching his side secure just their second league win of the season by beating Swansea City today.

Substitute Diafra Sakho struck in the 90th minute of the contest to hand his side all three points in what was a very tense affair at the London Stadium, with the home fans vocal in their displeasure throughout.

Bilic's position has been called into question in recent weeks following the sluggish start to the new campaign, which had seen them claim just a win and a draw in the six league games prior to today.

"It is a relief, a great three points for us," the manager told BBC Sport. "We did not play well in the first half after a good first 10 minutes, making basic mistakes and Swansea were much better on the ball. We have to play better and we can play better.

"The changes were crucial with Manuel Lanzini, Arthur Masuaku and Diafra Sakho coming on. We played a very offensive formation in the first half but lacked the link between the defence and attack and that was why Lanzini made a big impact.

"I know it is shallow when the manager says there is pressure, but that makes a difference. To keep the support of the crowd we need to keep producing minute after minute and we did not do that in the first half.
The guys on the bench lifted the team and crowd."

Keeper Joe Hart admitted after the game that his performance was "not high quality".

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West Ham United goalkeeper Joe Hart in action during his side's Premier League clash with Manchester United on August 13, 2017
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