West Ham manager, Slaven Bilic was content with a point at Carrow Road against Norwich, all things considered. Speaking to his club’s official website after the game, he was also particularly pleased with the impact of his three attacking substitutions, Andy Carroll, Victor Moses and Emmanuel Emanike.
“They made the difference,” he enthused. “They made a huge impact and I expected that from them, but the way they made that impact was great and they deserve all the praise.”
Speaking in more general terms about the dramatic comeback, Bilic said he was content with a draw following a physically and emotionally draining week.
“It was a game of emotions,” said the manager. “You can talk about positives and negatives but when you consider we played for 120 minutes on Tuesday night [to beat Liverpool in the FA Cup] and the fact we were two goals down here in a very short period of time, it was a good draw.
“Their first goal was absolutely our gift to them and their second you could call a bit unlucky because there was a deflection and all that, so then you need team spirit and resilience, but you also need quality to come back.
“The way we played in the last half an hour was brilliant and I want to praise the team. The guys did really well to get a point for us.”
Moses and Emmenike both had chances to win it in the last ten minutes and Bilic said that he didn’t want the game to end.
“I am expecting them to do it because they have that quality and they showed it,” the manager explained. “The first goal was a brilliant move, but that`s why he`s Victor Moses and that`s why he is a West Ham player. I was then expecting a player to be there to finish the loose ball, whether that be Dimi or someone else.
“After that we continued to press them and continued to play and scored the second one and could have won the game.
“It summed it up that the home crowd, the home players and the home bench were unhappy with the five minutes of added time. After we got it back to 2-1, there was only one side on the pitch.
“OK, they had a last-second corner but it was us who were on top and wanted to win the game and didn`t want the game to stop.”