Norwich City were desperate for the final whistle, insists West Ham chief Slaven Bilic
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Slaven Bilic was in no doubt Norwich City got off lightly after West Ham conjured a storming second-half comeback to earn a Premier League point.
Dimitri Payet celebrated signing his new long term contract with a sliding far post finish, after Victor Moses had powered away from Timm Klose before Mark Noble rifled a fearsome shot past John Ruddy.
Bilic's side surged forward again in the aftermath in search of a winner to keep them firmly in the hunt for a top six finish and cap a week which also saw them knock out Liverpool to reach the FA Cup fifth round.
'Great team spirit, great character and great quality,' said Bilic. 'You don't just get that final 30 minutes only by showing spirit and never giving up, especially after playing 120 minutes on Tuesday night.
'To show that resilience makes us happy. It summed it up for me that the home crowd, the home players and the home bench were unhappy with the five minutes of added time.
'We were playing a team desperate for a win. After we got it back to 2-1, there was only one side on the pitch. Okay, they had a chance from a last second corner but it was us who were on top and wanted to win the game and didn't want the game to stop. That gives you self-confidence and satisfaction.
'The way we played in the last half an hour was brilliant and I want to praise the team. The guys did really well to get a point for us.'
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Bilic went for broke at 2-0 down by introducing a trio of attacking reinforcements.
'They made the difference. They made a huge impact and I expected that from them, but the way they made that impact was great,' he said. 'We know what Andy (Carroll) is capable of but it was also Victor (Moses) and Emmanuel (Emenike) who were running direct, which pushed Norwich back towards their own box and gave the likes of Dimitri and Mark space to work.
'It was a game of emotions. The first goal was a brilliant move, but that's why he's Victor Moses and that's why he is a West Ham player. I was expecting a player to be there to finish the loose ball, whether that be Dimi or someone else. After that we continued to press them and continued to play and scored the second one and could have won.'