By Emma Sanders
Slaven Bilic has hit out at the minority of supporters who were involved in fan violence during West Ham’s 1-0 victory against Chelsea.
The Hammers boss admitted their actions were putting a bad name on the club and it was hurtful for the players and the other supporters.
It was West Ham’s third successive victory on Wednesday evening but news of their brilliant result was overshadowed by reports of arrests and violence between fans after the game.
“Yes, it does hurt. Of course it does. The club didn’t deserve it; the players don’t deserve it, definitely; the fans didn’t deserve it – the majority of them,” said Bilic, as reported by the Guardian.
“I don’t think the players have been distracted by [the off-field issues.] I think they are totally motivated and really concentrated on the game on Sunday,” he added.
West Ham’s victory has secured them a place in the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup where they are due to face Manchester United at Old Trafford next month.
The Hammers currently sit in 15th position in the Premier League after enduring a difficult start to the season, but have picked up their form in recent fixtures.
Wednesday night’s victory marked Bilic’s third victory in three matches for his side and they welcome their next challenge against Everton on Sunday.
In other West Ham news, Bilic has hailed the influence of this star on his side’s turn of good form.