Ray Houghton believes West Ham United’s will all the time be hindered so long as they play their house video games on the London Stadium.
With 4 video games performed, 10 objectives conceded and 0 issues at the board, the warmth is on new boss Manuel Pellegrini already.
All the way through their ultimate season at Upton Park, the West Ham devoted had been handled to free-flowing soccer, a just right FA Cup run and a complete of 83 objectives.
John Motson claimed the membership has ‘a cloud placing over it’ – one thing former Liverpool celebrity Hougton begrudgingly concurred.
“I’m now not blaming the stadium for the defeat, however it doesn’t fortify the day,” he informed Adrian Durham while masking Cardiff Town v Arsenal.
“I imply the ambience isn’t like what the ambience is right here (Cardiff) lately. It’s completely good – why? Since the fanatics are proper on best of the pitch.
“The gamers can listen them; you’ll bodily contact them. While at West Ham, I’ve accomplished a few video games and you might be up within the Gods!
“You’re up to now clear of the pitch, you’re up to now got rid of you don’t really feel such as you’re at a soccer recreation. I believe like I’m at an athletics assembly severely, that’s how I see it.
“I performed on the previous Upton Park by way of the Hen Run and I used to the West Ham gamers would pop out and terrify the opposition.
“There’s no worry issue about taking part in on the London Stadium – it’s now not a soccer stadium in any respect.”
For Pellegrini, spending over £100million in the summertime switch window has merited little praise up to now, with the brand new singings failing to gel.
And with tricky league fixtures in opposition to Everton, Manchester United and Chelsea to come back subsequent, there’s a distinct chance the membership shall be with no level from their opening seven video games.
Upton Park was once destroyed throughout filming for the brand new Pierce Brosnan film, and Houghton predicts there might be extra harm sooner or later for the east Londoners.
He added: “They was once all the time introduced up in shut proximity to the pitch with the fanatics proper on best of you, spurring you on and also you had that feeling they had been a part of you.
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“They don’t get that now.
“I’ve were given West Ham associates and one among them was once spherical my area the previous day and mentioned there was once 57,000 there, however you wouldn’t suppose that.
“They’re now not close to sufficient to persuade the gamers or get onto them or again them or no matter to get that sound throughout to them.”