Protests, pitch invasions as West Ham fans' anger boils over

David Moyes believes that the pitch invaders in West Ham United's 3-0 home defeat to Burnley had "crossed the line" and praised his players for their composure.

"We want the supporters behind us, since I've been here they've been really good". After conceding 54 goals in 29 games, David Moyes' side now have the worst defensive record in the league.

"The supporters will have their reasons for it".

The club issued a statement immediately after this latest fiasco, reading: 'West Ham United have immediately launched a full and thorough investigation into the incidents which marred the second half of today's match and are committed to taking decisive and appropriate action. No one wants to ideally see fans on the pitch but they get frustrated. "There will be no further comment at this time".

Once more the stewards were seemingly powerless to intervene except to ask West Ham joint-owners David Gold and David Sullivan, whose decision to quit the east London club's longstanding Upton Park ground for a move to what was the 2012 Olympic Stadium is a source of some fans' fury, to leave their seats, seemingly for their own safety. You know what it is, you can't come on the pitch and the players know that they have to perform on the pitch. The victory also meant they have reached 40 points in the league, five behind sixth-placed Arsenal with the prospect of Europa League qualification not out of their reach.

West Ham United's Vice Chairman Karren Brady
West Ham United's Vice Chairman Karren Brady

It's certainly worth looking for a bet at longer odds and preference is for West Ham, given their decent scoring record at home under Moyes, to win to nil at 23/10 with Betfair Sportsbook. "But for the time I've been here, I've certainly enjoyed it".

But back-to-back 4-1 defeats to Liverpool and relegation rivals Swansea City has dragged the Hammers back into the thick of things in one of the most congested survival battles in recent memory.

Joe Hart has been thrown a World Cup lifeline by David Moyes. I thought we played well.

"I think there was a couple of games where I wasn't quite so happy that we didn't do as well as we should have".

  • Steve Townsend