Bilic on winning final match at Upton Park: “It is history, not just a game”

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After 112 years of football, West Ham United and the Premier League bid adieu to the Boleyn Ground with a thriller of a win.

Diafra Sakho, Michail Antonio and Winston Reid scored as West Ham overcame sacrificing a pair of leads to beat Manchester United 3-2 on Tuesday.

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Head coach Slaven Bilic has made no secret of his adoration for Upton Park, and the tough manager was in tears after the match. He later reflected:

“It was a special game: big, big pressure for us. I told the guys however it finishes for us, this season has been great for West Ham.

“We were under pressure. We didn’t want to lose our last game at this fantastic stadium. We just wanted to win it, and this was a win of character.”

“We didn’t stop believing. We knew they were highly motivated because they could have leapt above Manchester City.  We totally deserved it. It was a great night, it is history, not just a game, it is against them, fighting for Europe, late night game. All the boxes you need for a special type of game was tonight.”

It was a phenomenal game for neutrals, and even better for West Ham supporters. The only folks who will find themselves disappointed by the match are Manchester United supporters and the clubs that want to play the Red Devils in Europe.