West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic said that the London Stadium is starting to feel like home for the team after two straight wins.
The Hammers moved from the Boleyn Ground to the London Stadium at the start of the new campaign, and it has taken some time for the team to get used to their new surroundings, but after the win over Chelsea in the EFL Cup in their latest home game, and the prior victory over Sunderland, Bilic thinks that they are getting settled into the new digs.
“It was a great atmosphere [against Chelsea],” Bilic said. “Don’t get me wrong, what happened at the end was unacceptable and awful, but during the game it was a derby, a cup game, under the lights.
“We felt really great and also because of that atmosphere we played well, and it felt good because we had the fans behind us so we couldn’t ask for a better atmosphere.”
In an effort to reduce the risk for crowd disturbances like in the game against Chelsea, the club is working on better segregating the fans as Stoke City comes to visit on Saturday.
“It may help but that’s the only thing that we can do,” Bilic said.
“The club have done everything, you can’t say there wasn’t segregation for the game against Chelsea, there was enough segregation, the gap between our fans and Chelsea fans was obvious.
“Now the club’s going to make an even bigger gap, and to be fair that’s all that we can do.”
West Ham enters Matchday 11 in 17th place with 10 points. They are three points ahead of Hull City and the relegation zone.