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Bilic rallies Hammers before crucial Swansea showdown


By Andy Simms

Slaven Bilic has called for West Ham to unite as a club and secure the victory they desperately need against Swansea on Saturday. The Hammers have lost their last five Premier League matches and will be sucked into the relegation battle, and leave a huge question mark over Bilic's future as manager, should they lose a sixth.

Bilic, given a vote of confidence by the club's owners after last week's loss to Hull, insists the responsibility for West Ham's poor run lies solely with him.

But he has called for the players, staff and fans to come together for a match that looks crucial to keeping them in the Premier League.

"We have to do the job," he said. "We wanted to do it before now. I didn't smell this (coming), I didn't think we would lose five games.

"I will never stop believing in myself, but to get, or to keep, other people believing - people who are not involved in training or the amount of work I do here - you have to deliver the results.

"It's not can we do it, we have to do it, and we've got to do it on Saturday. It is my responsibility. Now we have to think only about the team. Not a team of 11, a team of 60,000, plus 18 other players, plus staff, and many more people."

Bilic was adamant his team would not let their fans down.

"It is our job to keep the fans behind us because they are also going to be nervous and they want their team to win, especially these type of games," he said.

"But it is in our hands and that is the best you can ask for."

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