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Bilic gutted as West Ham fail to capitalise on dominance at Stoke

West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic was left to rue a disappointing defeat in the final game of the Premier League season on Sunday.

The Hammers were well on top of their opponents at the Britannia Stadium with Michail Antonio giving them a 23rd-minute lead before Diafra Sakho missed a golden opportunity to double their advantage.

Giannelli Imbula levelled for the Potters on 55 minutes before Mame Biram Diouf came off the bench to head home a late winner for the home side which prompted a downcast response from Bilic who felt there certainly could have been a more positive result for his side.

"I'm gutted, given the way we played," he said.

"I would like to congratulate Stoke because they didn't steal it from us - they just took their chances.

"One part of me is really disappointed, gutted, angry - but the other half is like I can't be unhappy after these games because the way we played, it was like we were different class, after we scored the goal until the end of the first half.

"We should have been more than one up. We said at half-time that if it was basketball we would have been 15 or 20 points clear, but it is football.

"Then they equalised and after that, there were three or four chances and you are really expecting the ball is in, but it just didn't want to go in.

"Then, like so many times in football, you concede a goal. So it is just one of those games that makes you really frustrated."

Seventh-placed West Ham now need Manchester United beat Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final on Saturday to qualify for the Europa League.

Andrew Slevison
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