Martin Keown doesn’t believe West Ham supporters can replicate the sound of Upton Park at the London Stadium. The Hammers are now in their fourth season at their new home but Keown doesn’t believe it is an intimidating place for away teams to go:
“Whenever you play at West Ham, the fans were on top of you and they can’t get that at the London Stadium. How can they intimidate, the fans?”
The atmosphere at the London Stadium can be loud, but one of the issues with the stands being so far away from the pitch is the fans are not as close to the action as some would like.
There’s no doubt that the club have improved things since they first moved into the ground, and while it may never have the intimacy of the Boleyn Ground, having 60,000 supporters there to cheer the team on should only help the home team.
West Ham’s record at home wasn’t great when they first made the switch but they won nine of their 19 home games under manager Manuel Pellegrini last campaign, drawing four and losing six.