"Even if we didn't win this game, I would have been very pleased with the performance because we did everything", the manager observed. We said to the guys we would go back to basics, we had to keep the clean sheet and stop them from having the ball in unsafe areas.
Bilic, feeling the heat after West Ham lost their first three matches, was able to hand Carroll his first appearance of the season.
It was also newly-promoted side Huddersfield's first defeat of the season.
In fact, the message will be more to West Ham than anyone else, Bruno won't have forgotten his spat with them so easily.
"It is the flawless birthday present", he smiled.
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Bilic came into the game under plenty of pressure after the Hammers had conceded 10 goals in their opening three league games.
"But football is an offensive game as well and we were not good enough, not courageous enough". It was, I ain't going to lie. My players can play football and today we've not shown it.
"I'm unsure if we were nervous".
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Javier Hernandez went closer moments later as the hosts made the more vibrant beginning but after Michail Antonio's cross, the Mexican saw his shot come off the face of the crossbar using Tommy Smith. Slaven's got his just rewards, as lucky as it was.
Hernandez signed for £16million from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer but he started the game in a wide position as Andy Carroll was named to lead the line of attack by Bilic.