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Slaven Bilic brands his West Ham side’s performance at Watford as unacceptable

first_imgSlaven Bilic berated his West Ham players for an “unacceptable” performance after the high flyers crashed back to earth with a bump in a 2-0 defeat at Watford. Bilic said: “It was a collective bad day. I told the players it was unacceptable and to make sure it was a one-off. “You are going to lose games in this league but we weren’t good today, apart from in the first 10 minutes. “We gave them the win. Watford were full of respect for us – but when they smelt that we weren’t penetrating enough, and that our movement and passes were slow and backwards, they smelt the opportunity to go at us. “We learned a lesson, and I see no reason why we won’t come back and play like we did before.” The Hammers, without the injured Diafra Sakho, handed a first start since January to fit-again Andy Carroll. But unfortunately for them, the big frontman was more involved in his own penalty area than the opposition’s – with some calamitous results. Carroll was West Ham’s hero from the bench against Chelsea last week, but he got himself in an almighty mess from Ben Watson’s free-kick, allowing Nathan Ake to drill in a cross which was turned in by Ighalo and defender Aaron Cresswell. If there was any doubt about who got the final touch on that one, there was none just after the break when Ighalo collected Ikechi Anya’s square ball and crashed an unstoppable drive into the top corner from 15 yards. The Hammers, who kicked off in third following last week’s win over Chelsea, had beaten Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City on the road this season. But they came a cropper against the Hornets and, in particular, in-form striker Odion Ighalo as their unbeaten away record came to a sorry end. West Ham’s misery was complete when, with four minutes to go, James Collins clattered into the back of Ighalo on the halfway line and was shown a straight red card. Quique Sanchez Flores branded his side’s display their most complete of the season so far. “The boys did really well,” said the Hornets boss. “Everyone knows how important Ighalo is but a lot of players have the opportunity to score, “We are defending well and keeping he ball with confidence and a lot of players have ability to score. “Was it our best performance? Yes, probably. I like it when we play football, and we defended well and played football with confidence. We are a tough team when we play like this.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Quickbeds strips the sheets on Facebook

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Engaging with customers is a key aspect of business according to Quickbeds.com general manager John Feenaghty, who described social media as an interactive vehicle to drive feedback. Mr Feenaghty told e-Travel Blackboard that the online booking site focuses on its Facebook account to interact with holiday makers in a professional yet fun environment. “We use Facebook and Twitter not to push the product on them but to have some fun with the customers and talk about what they want to talk about,” he said. With over 11,000 Facebook fans, Mr Feenaghty added that the key to successful interaction with followers involves constant communication. “You can’t really hide from your customers and once you choose to start talking to them you have to always start talking to them,” he stated. “We’ve been able to be light, happy, friendly and not too corporate and that’s what the brand is about.” Quickbeds.com hopes to take its interaction with customers to the next level, aiming to incorporate customer reviews to its system. Mr Feenaghty described the users’ opinion as “valuable” and as an important system that offers users options. “When you look car magazine reviews they highlight the good and bad of the car,” he said. “It is just a consolidating thing for them and they feel better about their purchase.” Quickbeds.com recently relaunched its brand hiring former AFL player Warwick Capper to promote the agencies’ ‘cheap and easy’ image. “Once we decided what end we wanted to target with the brand, the marketing campaign kind of evolved from it,” Mr Feenaghty said. “We were aware that we were going to need to quirky to be able to stand out and we were starting from scratch even though the company started nine years ago.“Last October was the dawn of the campaign and we are really happy with what’s happened over four or five months and how it has evolved.”last_img read more