By 90Min
October 29, 2017

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic says his team is 'gutted' after throwing away a two goal lead against an attack heavy Crystal Palace.

Bilic, speaking to BBC Sport said: "It feels like a defeat. We knew that the game was not over at 2-0 up at half-time. I am very disappointed with the penalty, but the way we conceded the leveler was very disappointing."

"We needed to keep the ball and we made the wrong decision, with Michail Antonio choosing to cross the ball rather than keep it."

West Ham's failure to follow through and bury the game in the closing minutes cost them.

Deep in Palace territory, and entering the final seconds of six minutes of added time, substitute Antonio held the ball in yards of space at the corner flag, before firing an aimless cross straight into the arms of home keeper Julian Speroni.

"We weren't even under pressure."

In less than 60 seconds following Speroni's catch, the home side had equalised and the under-pressure Bilic was storming to the changing room shaking his head in frustration.

Bilic also told the Evening Standard: "That goal has nothing to do with their attitude in terms of being too sloppy or too casual or not in position. That was just a bad decision that shouldn’t happen at this level of football, definitely.

"We have to manage the game on the pitch. The game was finished."

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