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West Ham boss Bilic crying out for return of attacking quality

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic cannot wait for his prime attacking players to be back in action.

The Hammers were without Dimitri Payet, Diafra Sakho, Manuel Lanzini and Andy Carroll for Sunday's 0-0 draw with Swansea City which Bilic admits was the main reason his side failed to score for a third straight match.

However, at least part of this absent quartet will be back in the coming weeks and Bilic is eager for some attacking reinforcements as the fixture schedule begins to bank up.

"We created more than enough chances to score at Old Trafford a couple of weeks ago, last week at Stoke we had the most shots in the round of fixtures and here we had a few situations," Bilic said.

"But the quality in the last third is a big question mark, although I praise the players for their performance.

"We were very resilient and stubborn in a positive way, we defended very well and I thought we deserved a point.

"We were really hit with injuries four or five weeks ago, especially up front, and I said the only way we were going to compensate was with the team performances in these games.

"It's a very good cornerstone what we have done and when these players come back in the next week or two it makes us very positive."

Andrew Slevison
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