West Ham United have struggled to make the London Stadium feel like their home over the past two-and-a-half years.
West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini spoke to reporters during his pre-match press conference today, and shared the message that he gave his players about playing at the London Stadium, as quoted by Football.London.
The Hammers made a poor start to their Premier League campaign, but they seem to have found their form in recent weeks, winning back-to-back games for the first time since January 2017, and they now sit in 13th spot in the table, just five points adrift of sixth placed Everton.
West Ham need to improve their home form, however, if they are to make a sustained push for the top eight.
Since moving to the London Stadium from Upton Park in August 2016, the Hammers have won just 17 home games from 46 attemps, and that is quite simply not good enough.
Pellegrini addressed the media today, and shared how he has urged his players to play in the same manner at home as they do away, as quoted by Football.London:
"I tried to convince the squad from the beginning that we must try to play at home exactly the same as away. We went to Newcastle, always a difficult stadium, and from the first minute of the game we tried to win the three points. Then at home you are always a bit afraid that they think as it's a team that's not in a good position that didn't win an away game before us then they can relax. So I am very happy with the team because they start at high pace, very necessary to win that game also."
Next up for West Ham is a home game against Crystal Palace on Saturday, and Pellegrini's men can climb up to 10th in the table with a victory over the Eagles.
With Roy Hodgson's men fighting for their Premier League lives, though, the Hammers will have to be at their very best, if they are to have any chance whatsoever of beating their London rivals.