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Slav’s verdict on victory


BilicThe manager gave his initial reaction at the final whistle declaring that the lads had given a “mature performance.

He said: “It’s a good feeling, we played well but we ain’t going to go overboard.

“It was difficult psychologically for us but for the stage we are at we played really good; we were fit, aggressive and played good football.

“We could have scored more goals, but it was a very mature performance. We played badly in the first leg but a week later we are fresher and closer to the season.

“And the atmosphere? I didn’t know what it would be like. This was the first time we could judge it and it was more than I expected. It’s loud.”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • Fish N Chips says:

    I was not at the game, but it sounded like the fans really made their presence felt – Boleyn style. Made it like home from the off. Maybe we should call it the ‘New Boleyn’!
    The crowd can take a bow! Good work, guys…

  • RickHammer says:

    Yeah it did sound good.I bet it has pi1ssed off some of the fans who said it was going to be a disaster moving there.Many positive reports coming from fans who went to the game.Though clearly there are some teething problems to be addressed,which I’m sure they will be.

  • bubs says:

    Watched it on TV and the atmosphere seemed like Wembley,
    Don’t know about the view but the pitch looked great and just what our football needs,
    Slav looked like a ring master and was in control,
    We were a bit sloppy when we had the ball but our new players looked class Feggolui and Norveld don’t panic and give the ball away,
    Oxford not only looked ready for us but Hippo should take a look now not in 2 years time he is as good as Smalling or Cahill already,
    Byram is proving so many wrong already,
    We look great for the future with so many young good players
    Coming through,Fletcher and Quina did not much time but looked composed and energetic,

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