By Dominic Toner
West Ham legend Billy Bonds has blasted the atmosphere at the London Stadium.
The Hammers completed their move to their new ground in the summer and have struggled to adjust.
Slaven Bilic’s side recored a 3-0 win against Slovenian side NK Domzale in the Europa League in their first competitive match at the London Stadium, but then suffered a humiliating exit from the competition against Romanian champions Astra Giurgiu.
Michail Antonio gave West Ham a narrow 1-0 win against Bournemouth and in their last league outing at home they were beaten 4-2 by Watford.
The new stadium has seen attendance figures rise but many feel it lacks the atmosphere of the Boleyn Ground.
Former player and manager Bonds has said that it doesn’t feel like a football ground.
“I went to the Bournemouth game and I was sat behind the media,” he told fans site KUMB.com. “It just seemed miles away from the pitch and you couldn’t get the atmosphere up there.
“Personally speaking, I don’t think it’s a football ground. I can honestly say that. That’s not to say I didn’t moan about it when we were moving, but I didn’t share a lot of opinions about it because we were going to move anyway, so it didn’t matter.”
West Ham have the opportunity to build a new home fortress in their next three matches, which Bilic has labelled as “three cup finals”.
The Hammers face League Two side Accrington on Wednesday night in the EFL Cup third-round.
Before the international break they have another two home games against Southampton and then Middlesbrough.
Bilic will be hopeful that his side can turn around their home fortunes and begin to climb up the Premier League table, with the club currently 18th in the league.
In other West Ham news, the club’s fans have reacted on Twitter to speculation that Bilic could be sacked.