West Ham United midfielder Robert Snodgrass has a simple solution to make the London Stadium feel like home.
The Hammers are into their third season at the former Olympic Stadium but it still doesn’t feel like home.
In fact there has been little to suggest that will change anytime soon.
The London Stadium has been universally criticised by home and away supporters, pundits, West Ham legends and even opposing managers and owners.
Everything from the distance between the upper and lower tiers, the distance from the stands to the pitch, the layout of the amenities, the matchday experience, the lack of atmosphere and even the carpet which covers the running track have been the subject of fierce criticism.
‘They’re as honest as the day is long’
Despite beating Everton 3-1 last time out for their first points of the Manuel Pellegrini era, there is the usual sense of trepidation with another home game on the horizon.
Defeats to Bournemouth and Wolves so far this season continue a sorry tale since the move in 2016.
But Hammers midfielder Snodgrass believes there is a simple solution to make it feel like West Ham’s home. Work harder.
“When you’re working hard and going forward and doing all the right things and giving everything for those fans, they’ll back you and support you because they’re as honest as the day is long and they’re there in their numbers,” Snodgrass told whufc.com.
‘It’s up to us to build that bond’
“There are plenty of times, like the win over Tottenham in my first season at the club (May 2017), when the atmosphere in that stadium has been unbelievable. We beat them on a Friday night and the place was electric.
“It’s up to us and the fans to get that bond between us in that stadium and that starts with winning football matches.”
It may sound simplistic but Snodgrass is spot on.
If the West Ham fans see their team putting in maximum effort with and without the ball, like they did at Everton, they will roar them on.
There is no getting away from the obvious issues at the ground.
But putting in the hard graft and a bit of a show will make the London Stadium a much better place to be for everyone except the opposition.