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Slaven Bilic not happy with one point from yesterday's game against Middlesbrough


West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic was full of praise for his players for showing character and spirit to take a point from yesterday's Premier League game.

The Hammers needed a brilliant Dimitri Payet goal to restore parity and take one point against Middlesbrough.

They are still in the relegation zone despite Swansea City's defeat against Liverpool.

"OK, we have stopped the losing streak with a point, but of course we were looking for three points," Bilic told reporters.

"To be fair the guys showed character, they showed the spirit and they showed quality. That's what I asked, what I demanded from them, and they did it.

"It was not enough to win the game – at the moment we are not playing great football in terms of creating lots of chances, but it was a game where we had to fight and work hard.

"Although we are not happy with the result, there were a lot of positives about our performance.

"It was an unbelievable goal [from Dimitri Payet], and it's only a shame that it was not a winning goal. The response from the whole team, and especially from him with his goal, was good.

"It was positive, and that's one of the things that we have to take out of this game. We were looking for three points, and we're not happy with a draw at home, with the greatest respect for Middlesbrough, but we got a point and every point in the Premier League can be crucial.

"The goal stands out. First of all it was a goal that brought us back in the game and second the way he scored the goal is quite amazing.

"In this situation you need that moment of class from the best players to lift the whole team up. That's why they are the best players."

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