West Ham United fans shut a fair few lazy journalists, pundits and rival fans up at the London Stadium last night.
The Hammers welcomed back a full crowd for the first time since February 2020 and it proved to be a real celebration of everything David Moyes has achieved since as West Ham ran out 4-1 winners over Leicester.
Goals from Pablo Fornals, Said Benrahma and a Michail Antonio brace put West Ham top of the fledgling Premier League table.
It is the first time West Ham have been at the summit since 2006.
West Ham fans silence lazy journos and pundits on Hammers homecoming
But the real achievement was the brilliant atmosphere generated by West Ham fans at the London Stadium silencing lazy journalists, pundits and rival fans who took great pleasure in claiming the club’s record Prem season last term was a result of “negative” Hammers supporters not being able to attend games.
Of course anyone who knows anything about football and West Ham, knows how laughable – and franky disrespectful – those claims were.
The likes of Martin Keown – and even supposed West Ham supporting presenter Ian Abrahams – made the churlish suggestion on talkSPORT much to the disdain of West Ham’s loyal and long-suffering fans.
Claims that Hammers were better off without their fans bordered on offensive
West Ham supporters argued they are among the most fiercely loyal and passionate in the country.
Starved of any success for over 40 years, West Ham boasted one of the highest attendances in Europe before the pandemic struck.
And they once again packed out the London Stadium for the win over Leicester.
West Ham have the second most season ticket holders in the Premier League behind only Manchester United. And Hammers fans sell out their allocation for every away game too.
What they demand first and foremost above all else is hard work and commitment, something they certainly see in spades from Moyes’s side.
So if anything fans were itching to get back and drive the team on even more.
And so it proved.
‘Clowns’ West Ham legend Sinclair takes great pleasure in firing reminder to those who criticised Hammers faithful
West Ham legend Trevor Sinclair stood up for the club’s fans when people were suggesting the Hammers were better off without them last season.
And he could not resist a dig, using an emoji to call those people clowns as West Ham fans gave the Hammers one of the best homecomings the country has seen post pandemic.
“West Ham fans inspiring the players, who’d have thought #COYI,” Sinclair said on Twitter alongside clown and Hammers emojis.
“Glad the home fans didn’t put the lads off,” Sinclair added with laughing emojis.
“Antonioooo Antonioooo Antonioooo Antonioooo Antonioooo.”