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I'll turn West Ham slump around: Slaven Bilic

West Bromwich Albion 4 West Ham United 2

By Sean Taylor

Slaven Bilic will spend a second successive week correcting West Ham's defensive frailties following another error-strewn performance against West Brom.

The Hammers arrived at The Hawthorns having spent the week working on their resilience after conceding four goals without reply to lose 4-2 at home to Watford and Albion found it equally simple to penetrate Bilic's men.

Former Tottenham forward Nacer Chadli, superb on his home debut, Salomon Rondon and James McClean scored before half-time and Chadli grabbed his second of the game to put West Brom 4-0 in front after 56 minutes.

"I have to do everything as the manager to turn this around, that's my job," said Bilic, who saw his team reply with two goals in the space of four minutes just after the hour mark through Michail Antonio and Manuel Lanzini, from the penalty spot.

"We will go over it again - we can't concede so many goals. It is fundamentally defending as a team and if you add individual mistakes, it becomes too much. I mean, we've conceded 13 goals from the start of the season and that's simply too many."

"When we defend like that it's hard to expect anything, comebacks or whatever. You can't win games defending like that."

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