Friday, 7 August 2015

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic believes that his side have the resolve to take the positives out of Thursday's Europa League exit and enjoy a strong Premier League campaign.

Bilic's side were dumped out of Europe by Romanian club Astra Giurgiu in the Europa League's third qualifying round 4-3 on aggregate after a Constantin Budescu double secured a 2-1 win for the hosts. Poor discipline was a theme through West Ham's brief sojourn into Europe this summer, with three players were dismissed in six games and Bilic himself also banished from the touchline in the home leg against Astra.
But the former Hammers defender has seen enough from a string of experimental sides to take faith into their domestic campaign, which starts at Arsenal on Sunday.
He told the press: "We had a good game and started well when we scored the goal.
"It was a shame that we conceded a cheap goal because, until that moment, we were controlling the game and I was expecting to us score another one because Astra looked really nervous and started to panic but we conceded that goal and then another one. Obviously we are disappointed to have gone out.
"We had some youngsters in the team but mostly they were players we will count on. It is a good experience for a few of the youngsters but some of the guys who played tonight showed us they are going to be very useful.
"We have a big season ahead of us, which starts on Sunday, and we are going to be good in the Premier League. I am very confident about that."

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