West Ham United recorded a comfortable win over Newcastle United over the weekend.
Kevin Nolan has claimed that the West Ham fans are ‘starting to fall in love’ with the London Stadium following their 2-0 win over Newcastle on Saturday.
That result extended Manuel Pellegrini’s side unbeaten run at home to six matches in all competitions, with the Hammers picking up wins against the likes of Arsenal and recording a deserved draw against title chasers Liverpool during that period.
West Ham opted to leave their old stomping ground, Upton Park and move into new surroundings three years ago, which didn’t start off in the manner in which everyone associated with the club would have liked.
Speaking to Sky Sports Premier League’s coverage of West Ham v Newcastle (02/03/2019 at 8:00 pm), Nolan offered his thoughts on the stadium and how things are beginning to change for the good.
“I think you can sense around the ground that everyone is starting to just fall in love with it,” Nolan told Sky Sports PL. “When they left Upton Park, it was like a marriage, a big split up, a break-up.
“When you hear Mark [Noble] talking about it or when you hear the lads and see the people who were here today, the Billy Bonds stand opening and you see them [home] results. They are making it feel [like] a home. They all feel at home.
“Long may it continue, it’s a fantastic stadium, it’s nice being here and hopefully they’ll continue to get better here and get that big club mentality.”
Compared to previous seasons, there has been a good atmosphere at West Ham during this campaign and a lot of that stems down to what happened in the summer.
The decision to appoint Pellegrini, who won the Premier League title with Manchester City, as manager and back him in the summer transfer market has worked wonders.
The likes of Felipe Anderson and Issa Diop have shone brightly for the club. The emergence of Declan Rice in the middle of the park has also helped. Giving the likes of Robert Snodgrass, who was on loan at Aston Villa last season, a chance to prove his worth has all paid off.
Nonetheless, at this moment in time, the Hammers are sitting ninth in the Premier League table and they will be looking to push further up when they take on relegation-threatened Cardiff next Saturday.