A moment in time

A moment in time: West Ham’s first win at the London Stadium

West Ham United completed a move to the London Stadium from Upton Park in August 2016.

It is safe to say that a number of fans were not happy with the move to the Olympic Stadium and there remains a negative feeling towards the Hammers’ new home.

The move had brought a number of problems to the club in the first season, which led to crowd unrest and events that showed just how angry fans had been with the move when protests marred a game between the Irons and Burnley in March 2018.

However, things did not actually start too badly for a team then led by Slaven Bilic as they appeared to take well to life at the London Stadium.

A moment in time: West Ham started life at the London Stadium with a 1-0 victory

West Ham had already played a number of games prior to their first Premier League match, with a friendly against Juventus as a way of kicking off the move to their new home, whilst also having hosted a game against NK Domzale in the Europa League, which they were comfortable winners in.

And, their first match in England’s top-flight went as well as they would have liked, picking up the three points against AFC Bournemouth in their first game at the new stadium.

Michail Antonio gave the Hammers the victory five minutes from time as he managed to get the only goal of the game.

Despite things starting well for them, West Ham have since played 44 matches at the London Stadium following the move and have won just 16 of those games, with two coming under the reign of Manuel Pellegrini.

If Pellegrini is to live up to the hype which surrounded his initial appointment he will need to dramatically improve West Ham’s win percentage at home.

The London Stadium may not be the fortress which the supporters want it to be, but Pellegrini possesses the star quality to strike fear into visiting opponents once again.

The Chilean, who arrived in the summer, witnessed his side beat Manchester United and Burnley at home, whilst also holding Chelsea to a goalless draw back in September.

Looking ahead, West Ham will need to significantly improve their home results if they are to start climbing up the table, and it appears things are certainly starting to head in the right direction.

The Hammers spent big in the summer and managed to bring players fans may previously have considered to be out of their reach, whilst a manager of Pellegrini’s stature was also considered a coup.

But, things do not get any easier for the Irons, as they will meet current Premier League champions Manchester City once the international break finishes.

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