West Ham manager hails goalkeeper for denying Ayew golazo

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The Hammers trainer couldn't help but laud Stoke City shot-stopper Jack Butland for a good showing on Saturday

West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic has praised Jack Butland for the Stoke City goalkeeper's impressive performance in Saturday's goalless stalemate in the Premier League.

The Potters' No.1 was in top shape at the Bet365 Stadium, almost singlehandedly keeping the West Ham attack at bay.

Top among the shot-stopper's exploits was his agility in denying Andre Ayew from an acrobatic overhead kick in the first 45 minutes.

“Jack Butland’s save from Ayew in the first half was unbelievable,” Bilic said after the game.

“It was brilliant reflexes from such close range.

“Then he made three saves in one action, so big credit goes to him for his performance."

Despite giving credit to Butland, Bilic rued his side's wastefulness in front of goal.

“It was again a good defensive performance, and we were good on the ball, but we just couldn’t convert the chances we created," he said.

"We created enough chances to score a couple of goals. Our chances came to our strikers but they didn’t score. 

"We created more than enough, I think more than them. I think we had four good chances and basically you have to score.

“But it’s a good point for us. We wanted to beat them, but we knew it would be a hard game before. 

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"It was a good team effort and we looked dangerous on the ball, but like against Everton, we couldn’t score a goal."

With three matches to go, West Ham are still caught up in the relegation fight, although they sit three places above the drop line. 

 

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