Jeff Hendrick Praised For Helping Young Fans Amid Toxic West Ham Atmosphere

24 March, 2018, 02:28 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • West Ham United's New Zealand defender Winston Reid and West Ham United's Spanish goalkeeper Adrian celebrate on the pitch after the English Premier League football match between West

While fans have the right to express their feelings, the way some behaved at the London Stadium on Saturday afternoon was bad.

A female steward was thrown to the ground as the protests took a dark turn on a day that was supposed to be remembered for the 25th anniversary of Bobby Moore's death. It was the introduction of Chris Wood that made a huge difference as the Hammers' defence failed to cope with the strength of the Kiwi and movement of Ashley Barnes.

However, after a meeting between Brady and 14 fans' groups, including Real West Ham Fans Action Group, a march was cancelled.

After back-to-back 4-1 defeats on the road, there were shoots of promise in a first half where the West Ham offensive quartet of Marko Arnautovic, Joao Mario, Michail Antonio and Manuel Lanzini all shone and might have drawn more than one fine save from Nick Pope, who stuck out a leg to deny Lanzini.

Yet it could have been a different story if the Hammers had taken their chances in the opening 45 minutes.

"The players know we did well today for long periods".

Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur is challenged by Winston Reid of West Ham United during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United at Wembley Stadium on January

David Gold says that he will remain the West Ham United co-chairman despite mass protest.

Gold, accosted by angry fans in the vehicle park as he made his getaway from last week's abject defeat at Swansea, had admitted in the matchday programme: "There is no denying it, we are in a battle for our Premier League survival".

"What we need is the club, supporters, players, everyone, is to pull together", West Ham manager David Moyes said.

Four fans in total made it onto the pitch, while owners David Sullivan and David Gold had coins thrown at them, with the former actually being struck by one according to Sir Trevor Brooking. Hopefully they wouldn't stop the game. They were able to work the ball into unsafe areas and Joao Mario, Manuel Lanzini and Marko Arnautovic all had excellent chances to break the deadlock but were wasteful with their efforts as tensions started to rise in the London Stadium.

"West Ham United have immediately launched a full and thorough investigation into the incidents which marred the second half of today's match and are committed to taking decisive and appropriate action", it said. There were further incursions as Burnley won the game 3-0.

The quality of the stewarding at the London Stadium has come under scrutiny ever since West Ham's move from Upton Park and yesterday, it faced it's toughest examination.