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West Ham boss Bilic: Deeney very clever with wind-up claims

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic insists their showboating didn't inspire Watford's fight-back last week.

Bilic has dismissed Troy Deeney's claims that Dimitri Payet's rabona cross was intended to embarrass Watford during the Hammers' 4-2 defeat at the London Stadium last weekend.

"(Deeney)'s a great player and a very clever player and it was smart to say that," Bilic said.

"I didn't see it that way to be fair. It might look like that for some people but I think he said that because they turned the game around. It's a good story, like they woke up from 2-0 to make it 4-2.

"I've been here more than a year and I haven't seen my players underestimate any team that we have played so far, especially Watford because before the game we knew we were expecting a tough game. It's just a clever statement from Troy."

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