X

Saturday 24
August

West Ham United

Hammers at home in London Stadium - Pellegrini

30th March 2019, 10:11 by Nick Harris

Manager Manuel Pellegrini says West Ham are finally feeling at home at the London Stadium.

The Hammers entertain Everton on Saturday looking for a fourth consecutive home win for the first time since they moved to the former Olympic Stadium in 2016.

Just 12 months ago pitch invasions and demonstrations, sparked by fans' anger towards the decision to move the club from Upton Park, marred a 3-0 defeat by Burnley.

A year on and the atmosphere has improved while there are far fewer empty seats now that Pellegrini has created an entertaining, attacking and winning team - on home soil at least.

"In most of those games we won at home the atmosphere was very good. Fans were enjoying the game, they were all involved, supporting the team," said the boss.

"They are not thinking or talking or acting like what happened last season. That depends on the performance of the team, that's why it was so important to win those three games in a row, and now it's more important to win the fourth game.

"Maybe the fans all realise this team needs a big stadium. The old stadium I know was a beautiful stadium, but it was too small for this team.

"Just 32,000 people is not enough for West Ham - now we have 60,000 people at every game we play. Maybe they understand, and also they are creating the atmosphere that we see in every game."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Nick Harris is a long-standing journalist who specialises in football and rugby league. An avid golfer, Nick also follows the major boxing fights closely.

More West Ham United

West Ham United

Improvement the key for Pellegrini

22nd August 2019, 14:10

Manuel Pellegrini has played down expectations for the season as West Ham go in search of their first win of the campaign against Watford.

West Ham United

Lanzini loving Hammers life and wants new deal

22nd August 2019, 12:38

Manuel Lanzini has declared his love for West Ham United and is hoping to put pen-to-paper on a new deal with the club.

West Ham United

Fabianski encouraged by Brighton point

21st August 2019, 16:31

West Ham keeper Lukasz Fabianski felt there were positives to take from the 1-1 draw at Brighton last time out.

West Ham United

Fabianski will not rule out top-six push

20th August 2019, 19:58

West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski says he will not rule out a potential top-six charge this season, but says the team must play to their maximum.

West Ham United

Yarmolenko and Sanchez big players for boss

20th August 2019, 14:03

Manuel Pellegrini insists both Andriy Yarmolenko and Carlos Sanchez will play an important role for him during the season.

West Ham United

Fornals eager for more playing time

19th August 2019, 17:32

West Ham's Pablo Fornals says he enjoyed Saturday's draw at Brighton but admits he needs more games to get used to the Premier League.

Recent Sport Headlines

Formula 1

Leclerc ahead of Scuderia curve

24th August 2019, 16:12

Team principal Mattia Binotto says Charles Leclerc has made a stronger start to his Ferrari career than the team anticipated.

Horse Racing

De Sousa facing six weeks out

24th August 2019, 14:59

Champion jockey Silvestre de Sousa is set for up to six weeks out of action after suffering a broken collarbone at Chelmsford.

Chelsea

Norwich 2-3 Chelsea

24th August 2019, 14:52

Chelsea secured their first victory of the season with a thrilling 3-2 win against Norwich City at a sweltering Carrow Road.

Atalanta

Laxalt rejects Atalanta offer

24th August 2019, 14:52

AC Milan utility man Diego Laxalt has reportedly rejected a contract offer from Serie A rivals Atalanta.

Rugby League

Belief key for Rhinos star

24th August 2019, 14:42

Leeds Rhinos hooker Brad Dwyer is convinced his side can pull clear of danger in the Super League.

Wigan Athletic

Cook – Give us time

24th August 2019, 14:22

Wigan Athletic boss Paul Cook says his team deserve more time to improve their form on the road in the Championship.

Stoke City

Jones wouldn’t swap Butland

24th August 2019, 13:52

Stoke boss Nathan Jones says he wouldn't swap Jack Butland for any other goalkeeper in the Championship, despite his recent struggles.

Birmingham City

Attacking options not a concern for Clotet

24th August 2019, 13:52

Head coach Pep Clotet believes Birmingham City have enough attacking options to cope with any injuries to their two recognised strikers.