Andre Ayew has insisted the West Ham United players are behind under-fire manager Slaven Bilic after they battled back to defeat Tottenham Hotspur in the League Cup at Wembley.
Ayew scored two goals in West Ham’s 3-2 win, which relieved some of the pressure on Bilic after another difficult start to the season.
West Ham have faced accusations that they are failing to run enough during games, but Ayew said the team is giving “everything” for the manager.
“When you are at a club like West Ham and the results are difficult, the manager is under pressure for sure,” Ayew said. “But so are the players. We have to keep working hard and the manager knows the players are behind him. We will give everything we can.
“Not only for the manager but for ourselves too. We have to wear the shirt with a lot of pride. There is a fighting spirit.”
“It is a good win for the confidence to come from behind to beat Spurs at Wembley,” Ayew said. “We can’t get carried away.”
Spurs face Manchester United on Saturday and defender Toby Alderweireld said the loss will serve as a “reality check” after impressive performances against Real Madrid and Liverpool.
“We were not flying or anything in our heads but I think it is a good reality check that you still need to work very hard, even if you are 2-0 up, to get results,” he said.
“Everybody’s disappointed but we have to learn from this moment. On Saturday there’s a big game coming up and we have to focus on this.”