Emotional David Gold described the win over Crystal Palace as the best day of his season so far and “right up there with the best during my time in charge.”
Describing the victory over Palace as “beautiful” he declared: “It was special for so many reasons – the second half was amazing to watch with the manager getting everything spot on.
“Andy Carroll’s goal was totally amazing and Manu Lanzini’s was right out of the top drawer. It was a wonderful, wonderful day.”
Gold explained: “The circumstances of the week make the win so special because like everybody else I was sick to the pit of my stomach when I heard the news of Dimi Payet.
“He has been adored by the fans, the kids and to hear that news was awful. It had been a horrible week and to see the team respond as they did in the second half was magical.
Speaking exclusively to ClaretandHugh he added: “Obviously promotion back to the Premier League and many of last season’s performances were incredibly special but today was right up there with them all… a special day in my West Ham life.
“We were quite outstanding at times with Sam Byram looking excellent when the manager changed it all and went 4-4-2. It’s been a seriously difficult week but Slaven remained entirely focused and got everything spot on. It was great.”