Joe Hart paid a very special tribute to the West Ham fans saying: “It could have gone two ways tonight but they chose to stick with us and they were fantastic.”
We have all been living on the edge whatever our points of view on what has been going on at the club but tonight the players recreated the link with the fans.
The Cockney Boys inside the LS – sparked by a battling display from the team – created a magnificent atmosphere.
And Hart was a relieved and happy man adding: “The fans were fantastic and the way they backed us meant the world to the players.
“The manager wanted us to perform and fight. And I think we did. I wish we could have got the three points but we battled and the quality will come.”
Andy Carroll added: “The fans were brilliant and the lads did really well – now we have to make sure we carry on from here – that’s really important.”
And manager David Moyes said: “All the negatives we were hearing before the game became the opposite. The fans were superb.”
Half Time Hammers 1 Leicester 1
The Hammers scored at precisely the right time to equalise bang on the brink of half time and for all the frustration and anger over the first City goal, we look better. Not great but better and Marko Arnautovic was clear man of the first half for us.
Angelo Ogbonna failed to cut out Vardy’s speculative cross after seven minutes and Albrighton side footed past Hart . Leicester – as we knew they would – looked lethal on the break and sadly Zabaleta showed his age time and again by being dragged out of position.
The Hammers though were up for a fight athough and Lanzini led the charge out of midfield on several occasions although he our build up is not fast enough .
However, we forced the ball into the box 20 times in the first half and from one Carroll brought a fine low save from Schmeichel. But Arnautovic was stepping up and pushing in some fine crosses.
Then came our magic moment when a Lanzini corner found Kuyate who made up for a couple of bad misses at Watford by forcing the ball home.
There’s still a lot not to like but there’s more energy and it was a great time to equalise
David Moyes has heaped praise on his squad insisting they have been “really good in training” this week.
Writing in his London Evening Standard column he reveals that there has been a lot of noise coming from him as they prepare for tonight’s clash against Leicester City.
The best thing I can say about the players is that they have been really good in training and their attitude has been first class,” he wrote. “They’ve taken everything on board and they themselves want the work in training.
“I always say to the players that ‘When I’m shouting, you should be enjoying it. It’s when I stop shouting that you know I’ve given up on you’.
“We’re encouraging the players because we believe in them and we want them to rediscover their best form.”
He added: ““You learn a lot about your players when you’re out on the training pitch but you find out a whole lot more when you watch them in a competitive match. I expect to learn more tonight.”
Manu Lanzini knows he and the team can rely on the fans even when fortune is hiding.
The brilliant midfielder admits the squad is angry with itself at the current situation and determined to turn things around.
And he dded: “The West Ham fans are incredible – they support us wherever we go and they always cheer us on, even if things aren’t going our way.
“We will give our absolute all to turn this around. As players, we are the first people to be angry about our current situation. Where we are at the moment is no good for anyone and none of us are happy. It’s always a wonderful feeling when you’re making the fans happy.
“The fans are a huge part of the game. We try to do our best for ourselves and our families to get results, but especially for the people and the fans that support us. We thank them for their support.”
The No10 insists thing will improve as the team putting in the hard yards on the training pitch and declares: “At the moment the combination of our performances and league position means our confidence is not at 100 per cent. I think we need to keep things simple in the way we play in order to increase our confidence.
“I have full belief in this team. We have some very good players here and we’re all working hard to implement the manager’s ideas and to pick up more points.”
“We’ve been working on our intensity in games, and our link-up play. We’re trying to develop our game and his game all together and I hope we can succeed. We’re not far away from that.
“It’s down to our intelligence as players in terms of being able to put into practice what the coach wants from us. We are taking on his ideas and putting them into practice, in terms of the intensity, and I think we are doing well.”
Manager David Moyes wants the Irons fans to have a drink or two and back the team tonight (Fri).
He claims to have been “shocked” by hostile chanting from their supporters in the 2-0 defeat at Watford in his opening game.
And ahead of his first home game in charge he said: “I have come in and I don’t know the politics. I was shocked by it when I heard it. If we can do well on the pitch, then hopefully the supporters can concentrate on getting right behind the team.
“Friday night football is quite good. People come to the game looking forward to the weekend. They may have a couple of drinks on the way in and look forward to a few drinks on their way home.
“If I’m in that mood, I’m there to support the team and be up for the side. I know the standards we have to set for the team. We want to try to improve that.
“I hope they give us a little bit of time but we need to get a result at home as soon as we can.
“We want everybody to be together, be united and help each other along. I want them to be behind us, I want them to give the team every chance of winning.”
West Ham are maintaining a January interest in Bournemouth’s Harry Arter but face rivals in Crystal Palace.
David Moyes has identified midfield as a key area in his spending plans and Arter is the man he fancies.
The Republic of Ireland is seen as a guy who can provide missing snap and mobilityin the middle of the park and despite the 27 year old signing a new four year contract in June, the Hammers are hopeful they can prise him away.
But Palace manager Roy Hodgson is also keen although whether the player would be ready to want involvement in a relegation scrap with either club mus be questionable.
However, Moyes will be hoping to have improved the Irons form and position to the point where a bid could succeed with a bid although Bournemouth will be tough opponents to deal with.
Moyes. made it clear in his press conference when discussing youngster Domingos Quina that midfield was an area where youngsters had a chance of breaking through demonstrating that this is likely to be where his efforts will be focused.
Slaven Bilic has rejected the opportunity of replacing Tony Pulis at West Brom according to Sky sources.
However, they report that the Croatian was disinterested in making a quick return to management after being fired by West Ham earlier this month.
Bilic was one of a trio of former Hammers bosses who interested the Baggies board but Slav made it clear it was too early to consider a return.
Alan Pardew remains the favourite to replace Pulis at The Hawthorns having gained the support of Albion’s technical director Nick Hammond, who worked alongside him at Reading, although West Brom chairman John Williams will make the final recommendation to club owner Guochuan Lai.
Sky also claim that Williams remains a very big admirer of former Hammers manager Sam Allardyce, who was Blackburn manager for two years when Williams was chairman at Ewood Park.
However, it has been reported that Allardyce wants £8 million a year to make a return to club management having turned the Irons down when they were looking for a Bilic replacement.
David Moyes is tonight being reported as having singled out Andy Carroll for his own special brand of hairdryer treatment after the game against Watford.
According to an on-line Mirror report he laid into the Geordie striker, seriously reading him the riot act following a dangerous display of petulance and attacking impotency.
The manager took him off after a couple of reckless challenges which could have seen the striker red carded but it was his overall performance which allegedly had Moyes seeing red.
The Mirror reports the Scot is understood to have told Carroll in no uncertain terms in Vicarage Road’s away dressing room that his display was not up to scratch and he needed to liven up.
Though Moyes didn’t begin his reign with the result he wanted at Watford, he is understood to have made a positive impression since taking charge.
And tonight a training ground source told CandH: “This is very different to what they have become used to and they are responding to the new methods. The manager is right in there in the middle of everything on the training ground. He’s very hands on.
He is talking to them collectively and one on one whilst introducing some totally new methods. It’s not going to happen overnight but the players are enjoying the new regime.”
David Moyes is 100 per cent sold on the London Stadium claiming it is “brilliant” and that nobody should be allowed “to tell you any different.”
The manager said: “I’ve been down a couple of times in the week and was there a year ago as manager of Sunderland. It’s a brilliant stadium and don’t let anybody tell you any different. It’s going to be the stadium we play in for the next 100 years.
I watched the game against Chelsea last year and it was one of the best atmospheres I heard in the Premier League last season, if I’m honest, so it’s possible.
What we need to do is give the supporters something to shout about because if we give them something to shout about that’s half-decent then I think they will support us wherever.
I think West Ham supporters will support their team, no matter what stadium they’re playing in.