West Ham boss Slaven Bilic says Upton Park’s final game had everything as he hailed his players’ character in the 3-2 win over Man Utd.
The Hammers staged a memorable fightback as goals from Michail Antonio and Winston Reid cancelled out Anthony Martial’s double – after Diafra Sakho had given the home side an early lead – in what was a dramatic send-off for the Boleyn Ground.
Bilic says the game “ticked all the boxes” on what was an emotional night for everyone connected with the club.
He said: “It was big pressure for us. We have had a great season and I told the guys however it finished in the last few games it has been a great season for West Ham.
“We were under pressure still, we didn’t want to lose our last game. We just wanted to win it and this was a win of character. We didn’t stop believing. We knew they were highly motivated because they could have leapt above Manchester City.”
He added on Sky Sports: “We totally deserved it. It was a great night, it is history, not just a game, it is against them, fighting for Europe, late night game.
“All the boxes you need for a special type of game. It ticked all the boxes.”
“If you wanted to make a movie about this great stadium and about the last game then you would have all the boxes – a great opponent, late game, five goals, a thriller. All the boxes for a blockbuster.”