By Matt Farr
West Ham midfielder Pedro Obiang claims the club have struggled to perform at home this season because of the size of the pitch.
The east London side quit their iconic Upton Park home at the start of the season, in favour of a move to the Olympic Park Stadium in Stratford.
However, they have struggled to perform in front of their home fans, picking up just five wins from their 13 Premier League games at home this season.
But Obiang, 24, has attempted to put his finger on the cause of their problems, admitting to the Daily Star that his West Ham team-mates are struggling to cope with the size of the pitch.
He said: “I don’t need to explain because clearly, it’s bigger. It’s also difficult to listen to the fans and for us, the pitch is very big.”
West Ham’s miserable early season form, particularly at home, saw them head into the festive period just one point clear of the relegation zone, following a 5-1 thrashing by Arsenal.
Their shocking home record also saw them eliminated from dumped out of the FA Cup at the third round stage, suffering a 5-0 loss to Manchester City.
They did, however, record back-to-back home wins in the EFL Cup against Accrington Stanley and Chelsea during the first-half of the campaign.
The Hammers drew their last home game against West Brom on February 11, and host Premier League leaders Chelsea at the Olympic Stadium on Monday night.
Obiang, meanwhile, has been flourished for West Ham this season, appearing in 19 of their 26 Premier League games.
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