Jamie Redknapp suggested that West Ham have benefitted from having no fans at the London Stadium this season, when speaking on Sky Sports yesterday (Sunday February 21st, 11:10).
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This is really becoming rather tiresome to hear now.
Redknapp is the latest in a long line of pundits who have completely missed the point.
The West Ham fans are arguably the most loyal fanbase in England. Sure, we can be a bit boisterous sometimes and we let the players know when they are not putting in the required effort.
The only thing the Hammers fans actually expect, however, is hard work and 100 per cent commitment. Nothing more, nothing less.
We NEVER give up on our team.
West Ham sold out week-in week out when we dropped down to the Championship twice over the past 17 years.
Jamie Redknapp massively misses the point with West Ham fans verdict
The Hammers have always fulfilled their away ticket allocation.
Where the going gets tough, the West Ham fans are second to none. You need look no further than our 4-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest in the 1991 FA Cup semi-final at Villa park when the Hammers fans did not stop singing throughout the entire game.
Jamie Redknapp obviously didn’t think about any of that when he was speaking on Sky Sports yesterday:
“This could be the year. We talk about the influence of crowds this season and Liverpool certainly, it has affected them dramatically. I often felt that when I played against West Ham , the crowd could be their best friend but their worst enemy. There might be an argument to say that the players are playing with a bit more freedom, there’s no fear if they give the ball away. The crowd aren’t there to turn on them. That’s no disrespect to them I was a West Ham fan as a kid. It’s just a fact of playing against them, I always felt it. It’s no coincidence this season that there is a little bit more freedom, more flair. There’s no doubt at all that West Ham is the sort of crowd that can make the players edgy when things are going wrong.”
It’s a shame to see one pundit after another jumping on the bandwagon with this completely inaccurate take on West Ham’s season so far.
Who’s to say that we wouldn’t be higher up the table with fans inside the London Stadium?
Nobody actually knows for sure.
One thing we do know, however, is that the West Ham fans are unrivalled when it comes to loyalty, passion and support. And that needs to be remembered whenever pundits and radio hosts talk about us.