West Ham manager Slaven Bilic happy to end Premier League season on a high with win at Burnley
PUBLISHED: 09:00 22 May 2017
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Hammers took all three points at Turf Moor thanks to second-half header from Andre Ayew
West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic was pleased to end what has been a mixed Premier League campaign on a high with a 2-1 win at Burnley on the final day of the season.
The Hammers’ victory brought a pleasing end to what has been a disappointing campaign after last years’s seventh-placed finish.
West Ham took time to settle after their move to the London Stadium last summer and injuries then undermined their progress. The result took them to a final position of 11th.
Manager Bilic said: “It is always nice to finish a season with a win or a good performance and we got both today.
“We deserved to win. We knew, like any other club here, we were going to have problems but we coped well with them.
“We played really nice football. We created a lot of clear-cut chances and even more than that. I am really pleased with the way we played. Overall, it is great to finish the season like this.”
West Ham had to come from behind to win at Turf Moor after Sam Vokes had fired Sean Dyche’s men into a 23rd-minute lead.
Four minutes later, Sofiane Feghouli levelled things up for the Hammers before Andre Ayew headed in the winner in the 72nd minute.
And having seen his team lose from a winning position, Burnley manager Dyche was frustrated to end what has been a good term form the Lancashire club on a defeat.
Dyche said: “Your instinct as a manager is to search for that winning feeling every week, so that is the only disappointment today. That will fade quickly into what has been a very good and strong season.
“It should have been out of sight at half-time. We had three unbelievably good chances and at this level you have to take them.
“We scored a good goal and with the chances beyond that, if we score again, I think the game is in our control. Whilst it is in the balance you are never quite sure.
“But the bigger picture is - we didn’t just achieve the goal, we’d got that done early on, against all the odds with a group of players who are still adapting, still trying to improve, still learning.
“The disappointment I feel as a manager today will go away quickly because, overall, we were given no chance.”