The Hammers came from behind to lead in Lohne, with well-taken goals from full debutant Marko Arnautovic and young striker Toni Martinez, only for a late equaliser to secure the trophy for the Bundesliga side.
“It was a good game of football and exactly what we wanted and what we needed and we played really good," Bilic told whufc.com. “We came out with a stronger side than last time in the first half as we wanted to mix it and to be fair they also played with a very strong side.
“We were missing a few players who we didn't want to risk and I'm really pleased with the way we played. We played really good against a much better opponent but we didn't win, which is a shame.
“Also, in the second half when the 'kids' came on, they continued to play really good, they were dangerous up front and we scored the goal, we hit the post and then it's a shame we couldn't capitalise on that because at the end of the day we deserved to win, which is really good."