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Bilic wants response after dismal Hammers defeat

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic remained defiant after his team were thrashed at home by Manchester City for the second time in less than a month.

City, who won 5-0 at the London Stadium in the FA Cup, destroyed the Hammers again, winning 4-0 in another one-sided match.

West Ham won back-to-back league games after that cup defeat and Bilic is looking for a similar response in Saturday’s game against Southampton.

“We can say that not every team is like Man City. We have to get over this and prepare for Saturday,” he told reporters after the game.

“It’s a heavy defeat for us and it’s hurting us a lot. We need to bounce back like we did after the defeat in the cup.

“We made mistakes for the first and the third goal. If you give the ball away in those areas, they’ll punish you.

“We have a good team. Tomorrow we’ll start preparing for the weekend’s game. We’ll have to stay positive to get back on winning track.”

Robert Snodgrass came on as a second-half substitute for his West Ham debut following his pre-deadline move from Hull.

“Robert Snodgrass is a good player,” said Bilic, who decided against signing Brentford striker Scott Hogan on deadline day.

“It’s hard to come on at 4-0 down, but he showed quality.”