By Mike Southey

29th Apr, 2022 | 6:10pm

Jim White: West Ham United fans had little optimism after Eintracht Frankfurt defeat on Thursday

Jim White has shared that West Ham United fans had little optimism after the 2-1 defeat against Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday.

The Irons will need to win in Germany in the second leg of the Europa League semi-final next week after the poor start.

White insisted that Irons fans on the tube were down in the dumps despite it not yet being over at this stage.

Speaking live on talkSPORT’s White and Jordan this morning [29 April], the host shared what he saw after the game.

“You wouldn’t have got much optimism out of the West Ham fans I saw last night,” he said.

“I was getting the tube from London Bridge to Waterloo, and many of them on the tube at that time of night. I don’t know what you thought, but they were down.”

Distraught.

It always hits harder when you cannot get the win in front of your own fans at home on such a big occasion.

Of course, this doesn’t mean anything at this moment in time other than we need to win in Germany, but we did that in Lyon.

White may have been looking for optimism, but you aren’t going to get that only minutes after the full-time whistle has gone.

That may come today after we had time to look back and see the chances we carved out that could have made things so different.

No fan base is going to be laughing and smiling after a defeat in such a big competition, so this argument means little to nothing.

Check in with us next week when hopefully we are more than smiling.

Frankfurt were structured away from home, but this side is more than capable of doing just that in the reverse leg, and we believe the Irons will reach that final.

In other West Ham United news, Carlton Cole and Joe Cole were left in awe of rarely seen Hammers Europa League displays

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