Bilic: Matic's sending off is going to have a major impact

The Hammers boss feels the first-half dismissal was not a mistake, despite the protests of Chelsea, but admits he has sympathy for Jose Mourinho

24.10.2015 21:51:25

Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic can have "no complaints" following his red card at Upton Park on Saturday, according to West Ham boss Slaven Bilic. The Hammers edged out Chelsea 2-1 on a controversial afternoon with Matic collecting two yellow cards before the break and Jose Mourinho then seeing red for an incident with the match officials at half-time. Watch Highlights: West Ham United 2-1 Chelsea Gary Cahill cancelled out Mauro Zarate's opener but Andy Carroll won the game with a header, despite Cesc Fabregas later seeing a goal ruled out for offside, condemning the Blues to their fifth defeat in 10 games. Bilic claimed not to have seen that incident but thought referee Jon Moss was correct with the Matic decision, although does have sympathy for his opposing manager. He told a press conference: "If you ask me about Mourinho, I feel for him. A lot of decisions from his point of view have gone against Chelsea. "I can defend those decisions if I was a referee or the West Ham manager. They weren’t mistakes." The win was just West Ham's second in five home games this season and Bilic was pleased to have given the fans what he felt was a "deserved" win against the defending Premier League champions. He said: "I’m very proud of my team and the whole club to win against the champions at our home ground in front of our crowd. It is unbelievable. "There’s nothing wrong to admit that we are playing good, that we are doing well and that we deserved to win today. "We are happy that we are winning, of course we are happy. The crowd was expecting us, because Chelsea were playing with one man down that we are gonna be all over them. "Don’t get me wrong, Matic's sending off is going to have a major impact on the game but with Chelsea’s individual class it makes no difference if they have one less man."

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