Date: 30th September 2016 at 7:00am
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West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has stated that captain Mark Noble and the club’s senior players must harbour the responsibility of getting the side out of their current dire situation.

The Hammers have won only three points from their opening six Premier League games, with consecutive harrowing and heavy defeats to Watford, West Brom and Southampton hard to take.

West Ham have had injury concerns so far this term and the failure to play a settled starting XI has also played its part in the team’s woes.

Despite this, Bilic has called on his team to up their performance against Middlesbrough at the London Stadium this weekend.

The Croatian trainer has admitted that it is down to Noble and the older heads to lead the team to victory and act as figureheads for those around them.

“The captain and of course the best players,” Bilic said to the club’s official website when asked who should harbour responsibility.

“We can’t expect it from the young ones. They can bring something, they don’t feel the burden like the experienced players so they can be match winners and all that.

“But I’m expecting the most experienced players to take responsibility.”

West Ham will hope a win over the newly promoted Boro, who are on a poor run of form themselves, with be the catalyst for improved fortunes.