Slaven Bilic refuses to blame Darren Randolph after goalkeeper's error costs West Ham win at Sunderland

Costly: Borini levels the match late on after Randolph's error: Getty Images

Slaven Bilic has refused to blame goalkeeper Darren Randolph for West Ham's failure to beat Sunderland, insisting the squad "win, lose and draw as a team".

The Hammers are eight points clear of the relegation zone after a 2-2 draw at the Stadium of Light, but the gap to the bottom three could have been greater had West Ham held onto their lead late on.

Andre Ayew fired the visitors ahead with just five minutes gone only for Wahbi Khazri to level direct from a 26th-minute corner.

James Collins headed the Hammers back in front within two minutes of the restart, but substitute Borini struck in the 90th minute after Randolph's error.

Bilic said: "There is no pointing fingers. We are a team. We are playing as a team, we are winning as a team, we are drawing as a team, we are losing as a team and we are conceding goals as a team. That's it.

"Of course you are disappointed when you are leading twice and then you concede this late - although it was 10 minutes of added time, which is a long, long time, but I have to say it's a fair result.

"To concede both goals in this way, they were both strange goals and of course you are not happy with the way we conceded."

In particular, Bilic absolved Randolph of blame for Khazri's freak strike.

He said: "If we are talking about the goalkeeper for that goal, it's very hard for a goalkeeper. The ball was not very high in the air so he could [not] have seen it all the way along.

"Everybody was expecting our player to clear it, but he didn't and the ball dropped very quickly and he couldn't get a touch. It's a very unusual goal we conceded."

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