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Saturday 10 December 2016

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic wary of Sunderland threat

Slaven Bilic
Slaven Bilic

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has warned his players that beating Sunderland at the Stadium of Light will be more difficult than winning at Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool.

The Hammers have pulled off surprise away victories against all three of those clubs this season and are gunning for their fourth consecutive league win on the road against Sunderland tomorrow.

A nightmare start to the season sees Dick Advocaat's side sitting at the foot of the Premier League table after failing to win any of their opening seven matches.

Bilic, however, insists it would be a big mistake to underestimate the Black Cats.

"It is different in the size of the clubs and for West Ham it meant more because we didn't win at Anfield for 52 years," Bilic said. "It's a bigger story around those games but this game is more difficult than those ones.

"Now everybody around us is expecting us to win that game. That can put us in a situation where we are a little bit relaxed.

"You can be on your toes but not fully aware. If that difference comes we are in trouble."

He added: "Our three wins and where we got them mean absolutely nothing.

"If we start to think for a couple of seconds about how we did against Arsenal, Liverpool or Manchester City and think it is going to be easier against Sunderland, we had better stop that before we even start."

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