Slaven Bilic says West Ham win over Spurs ‘should be the standard from here’

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Slaven Bilic promised to take the ignition provided by Carabao Cup heroics into a potentially decisive weekend for his West Ham United tenure. His side scored three times in 15 minutes to reach the quarter-finals at Tottenham Hotspur’s expense, after which Bilic promised the second-half performance would provide “a standard” for Saturday’s Premier League make-or-break match against Crystal Palace at the London Stadium.

“Wins give you energy and they give you freshness. Now tomorrow at training there will be no long faces, nobody’s going to feel tired because of the fact of this result, especially in such a good game.” Asked what he had said to his players at half-time, Bilic said he had told one of his strikers to be “braver” and to work harder. Certainly there was a marked upsurge in André Ayew, who scored twice and hurled his body into the fray.

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