Slaven Bilic hopes that West Ham’s memorable 3-2 League Cup victory over Tottenham will provide them momentum to move up the Premier League table.
The Hammers were 2-0 down at half-time of the contest at Wembley Stadium, before an Andre Ayew brace and a goal from Angelo Ogbonna within 15 minutes completed the shock comeback.
Currently sitting 16th on the domestic standings with just two wins from nine outings, however, Bilic knows that these performances have to become more consistent if West Ham are to avoid a relegation battle.
“It can give us a lot of confidence, but [not] only to do the same in training, to do the same on Friday, on Saturday,” he told reporters after the match.
“We have to use this opportunity to work hard. We have two days before Palace, it’s not ideal but the win gives you energy, gives you freshness.
“Now tomorrow at the training ground nobody is going to feel tired, from the impact of our result, from beating them.”
Ghanaian striker Ayew initially clawed the Hammers back into the match with his quickfire two goals, yet he gave just as much credit to the gritty mentality of Bilic and his teammates.
“We stayed confident,” added the forward.
“We were down but the coach had the words. I want to congratulate the whole team, it’s a massive win.”