West Ham United must find a way to win games to lift the "confidence-killing" pressure on the team, manager Slaven Bilic has said. West Ham have looked a shadow of the side that secured a place in the Europa League after finishing seventh last season. They endured four consecutive league defeats before Saturday's 1-1 home draw with Middlesbrough leaving the Hammers in the bottom three.
"This is different pressure than last season, when we were fighting for Europe. We are not enjoying this pressure and it's hard to cope with it," Bilic told reporters.
"You have to get out of this situation because this pressure stops you from expressing yourself in the best-possible way. This pressure is a confidence killer."
"This is a negative pressure and positive pressure is different. This is the one which is hard to cope with, but that's why we have to get a few points and wins to come out of that pressure and get that burden off our back."
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