By West Ham Zone speaking to Frank McAvennie

14th Sep, 2022 | 12:10pm

Pundit says the London Stadium is not a 'fortress' anymore for West Ham United

We’re delighted to welcome former West Ham United striker Frank McAvennie as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at the London Stadium

The London Stadium is “not a fortress” and West Ham fans need to get behind the players to help the team in home games, says Frank McAvennie.

The Hammers are yet to win a home game so far this season in the Premier League, losing to Manchester City and Brighton before a hard-fought draw against Tottenham most recently and now sit in the relegation zone.

But with the London Stadium finally seen as the home of the club after the move away from Upton Park, McAvennie still isn’t a fan of how far away the fans are from the pitch and believes more needs to be done to create an atmosphere now.

“It’s not a fortress anymore,” he told West Ham Zone. “It’s not what they used to have.

“The fans are further apart, so the players have got to make the atmosphere for the fans whereas it used to be the other way around. The fans created the atmosphere.

“Depending on how the players start it plays a part. It’s a big old stadium. So they’ve got to start well and get the crowd behind them.”

There were concerns when the move first happened and the club struggled for their form, entering into a relegation battle before David Moyes came in and elevated the squad.

Now he has a much stronger squad, but it’s been a few years with the same principles and voices and it’s possible that they simply need something to freshen the squad up.

Poor performances on the pitch almost always lead to a poor atmosphere in the ground, and the atmosphere was praised last season during their chase for Champions League places and their run in the Europa League.

Once the performances are addressed and improve, then the atmosphere will too and the fans will then be able to carry the team to even better performances and results.