Bilic determined to battle on

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Slaven Bilic refused to blame his players and admitted he is unsure of his future as West Ham manager following the 3-0 defeat at home to Brighton.

Speculation that Bilic could be axed has inevitably increased after another dismal result at the London Stadium.

Speaking at his post-match press conference, Bilic said he would take responsibility for the loss and that he did not believe his players were guilty of a lack of effort.

“I didn’t see it that we didn’t try enough. Simply the goals killed us,” he said.

“I will never pinpoint players in front of the media. I am the manager. Nowadays you can’t hide, and I don’t want to. It is my responsibility.”

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Glenn Murray scored twice and Jose Izquierdo also netted in Brighton’s first away win in the Premier League.

The home side were booed off and many fans left the ground well before the end of the game.

Asked if he felt he retained the support of the Hammers board, Bilic replied: “I don’t know.”

He added: “All I can say is that I am the manager and I take the full responsibility. What’s going to happen is not in my hands.

“I believe in myself, in my work and in my team. But when you lose 3-0 to Brighton you can’t be happy.”

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