West Ham christened their new home with a comfortable 3-0 win over NK Domzale of Slovenia last night. I was one of the 50,000 fans in attendance as Slaven Bilic’s side progressed to the play-off round of the Europa League.
The atmosphere was not quite as raucous as you would expect but that was probably to do with the fact that the season ticket holders would have been dispersed throughout the ground. I would imagine it will improve once the Premier League season starts in earnest.
As for the game was a bit scrappy, Sofiane Feghouli had a few nice touches, took his goal well but snatched at a few other chances, think the lack of a proper decent striker may cost The Hammers this season. They could have only won the game 6-0 but for woeful finishing, Enner Valencia being the main culprit. His horrendous second half miss summed up how bad West Ham’s finishing was on the night. Although that said it does make you wonder how they lost the first leg as Domzale were very poor last night, I think they got stagefright from the whole occasion to be honest.
But West Ham now go into Today’s draw for the play-off round where they are now just one round away from the Group stages.
Here are the full results from last night