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Slaven Bilic admits he is concerned by West Ham United's Premier League start


West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic is convinced he took the right decision after asking Mark Noble to arrange a team meal on Monday night.

The Croatian wanted his players to meet and talk after a number of negative results in September.

The Hammers host Middlesbrough on Saturday afternoon eager to take three points in order to get out of the relegation zone.

"After the Southampton game we had a big meeting and spoke and at the end of the meeting I told Mark [Noble] the skipper to take the guys out to dinner, to spend time together which is always good," he explained.

"I've been there before, it's definitely a good idea and good to do it. If you are asking, it was completely my idea and I told them to do that.

"For me it's a good thing, not every week but in a great situation or a bad situation it's good to stick together and its a good thing to do. It's good for team building and that's it.

"I am concerned [by how we started the season].

"If we are talking about the last five Premier League games it's simply not the way we expected it to be, it's definitely not good and that's why the only thing we are thinking about is the game on Saturday against Middlesbrough.

"With one win we can build everything back and we have a good chance at home. We are a team that is alive, the players are good together, they train, they listen, we talk about it a lot.

"But we need to do it in a game and not for half an hour, or an hour, or when we are one down or four down. But we have to do it for 90 minutes."

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