Stadium opener was "special kind of game" says Bilic

Salven Bilic has said that the 3-0 win over NK Domzale was a "special kind of game"

Stadium opener was "special kind of game" says Bilic
Above: Slaven Bilic on the touchline in West Ham's 3-0 win over NK Domzale | Photo: EMPICS Sport

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has said the opening 3-0 victory over NK Domzale at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, was a "special kind of game".

Opening it in style

The Hammers came into this curtain raiser on the back foot, having been defeated 2-1 in their first-leg of their Europa League qualifier.

However they opened the Olympic Stadium in the best fashion, with goals from Cheikhou Kouyate and Sofiane Feghouli giving them the 3-0 win, and Bilic shared his delight at the win.

He told whufc.com: "It was a special kind of game for us, the first game at the new Stadium" and believes they "played good football. It was totally different to the game in Slovenia."

He continued: “We deserved it" as "we pushed and concentrated for the whole 90 minutes but 3-0 is a good result for us" and admitted "it’s important because it is in front of the crowd in the new Stadium. It was a good night for West Ham."

Bilic concluded: “We deserved it, played some good stuff and the crowd could enjoy some of our beautiful moves from the whole team."

Above: Havard Nordtveit celebrating with Cheikhou Kouyate in West Ham's 3-0 win over NK Domzale | Photo: whufc.com
Above: Havard Nordtveit celebrating with Cheikhou Kouyate in West Ham's 3-0 win over NK Domzale | Photo: whufc.com

Special night for the club

Their 4-2 aggregate victory, has seen the Hammers drawn with Romanian side Astra Giurgiu in the next round, and defender Havard Nordtveit shared his memories of the special night.

He said: “It was a special night, not only for me but for the whole team, with 'Bubbles' being played when you walk out" and admitted "there's always something special and the crowd were fantastic so we're looking forward to more of those games."

Nordtveit concluded: “Of course there's always some nerves but I think we were all quite sure that we had the quality to beat them at home" and believes "you always want to make a good start and this was a good start at the new Stadium."

West Ham United will take on Juventus in the Betway Cup at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Sunday, August 7 with kick-off at 1pm BST.