Slaven Bilic has been praised by Pedro Obiang for helping West Ham United get back to winning ways with their recent victory over Southampton following the 4-0 midweek loss to Manchester City, according to the Evening Standard.
The Hammers boss and his side came under fierce criticism after the home hammering to City, but showed the type of resilience that’s often been missing from their team during this campaign.
West Ham needed a result and on their trip to St Mary’s, they got one, something Obiang attributes to the manager.
Obiang said, “Before the Southampton game, the manager emphasised that we are a good team, but that we must show character and be compact.
“It’s the same with any game, but this was different because the City match was so bad. When they scored their first goal, our heads went down.
“The Manchester City result was tough to take. The manager took me off in the second-half and there were many things for me to think about, but now I am happy.”
Against Southampton during the 3-1 win, Obiang enjoyed arguably his best performance in a West Ham shirt, scoring a well taken goal from almost 30 yards out, as well as providing an assist for Andy Carroll.
If the Hammers are to make this season one to remember for the right reasons and move away from mid-table, then an in-form Obiang could be the key.