David Gold posts Twitter message to fans after Olympic Stadium curtainraiser
By Dominic Toner
West Ham’s joint chairman David Gold has praised supporters for creating an “amazing atmosphere” in their first competitive fixture at the Olympic Stadium.
The Hammers completed a 3-0 Europa League victory on Thursday night against NK Domzale, which was played in front of a huge crowd of 53,914.
The victory sealed a 4-2 aggregate win for Slaven Bilic’s team, who have reached the next stage of the Europa League.
Gold sent a message to West Ham fans on his personal Twitter account on Friday thanking them for their role in a memorable occasion.
I would like to thank all West Ham for making our first game at our new home so memorable you made the atmosphere amazing. Thank you. dg
— David Gold (@davidgold) August 5, 2016
A brace from Cheikhou Kouyate plus a goal for new signing Sofiane Feghouli helped the Londoners overturn a 2-1 deficit from the first leg.
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Kouyate’s two goals gave the east London side a huge advantage after the 26-year-old scored a quickfire double on the eighth and 25th minute marks to add to their away goal.
Algerian winger Feghouli, who joined on a free transfer this summer, added gloss to the scoreline with a second half goal to complete the victory.
The Hammers were knocked out by Romanian side Astra Giurgiu at this stage of the Europa League last season, but manager Slaven Bilic is looking to create history at the new stadium and progress further into Europe next season.
Youngster Reece Oxford was given the opportunity to showcase his ability on Thursday and fans reacted positively on Twitter to his promising performance.
West Ham ended their stay at the Boleyn Ground with a dramatic 3-2 win against Manchester United last season.
The club kick off their Premier League campaign with a trip to London rivals Chelsea and will play their first home game a week later against Bournemouth.
In other West Ham team news, their defender has signed a new three-year contract with the club.