Former West Ham goalkeeper David James identifies attitude shift in fans amid fantastic form

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David James believes there has been an attitude shift among West Ham fans thanks to the club’s impressive form.

David Moyes’ side have picked up from where they left off last season, suffering just two defeats in their opening 11 matches to firmly establish themselves as a potential top-four challenger.

On Sunday, they beat Liverpool 3-2 in a thrilling performance and James feels it was the sort of match that shows why Hammers fans are starting to expect victories from certain matches.

The former Hammers goalkeeper said: “David Moyes has got a team that – and I say this respectfully because the wonderful thing about football is when you speak to the fans rather than the players and coaches – West Ham fans now believe can win games at home.

“Now they’ve beaten Man City in the Carabao Cup and Liverpool in the Premier League, that’s quite obvious, but it’s one of those things that has crept into London Stadium, that fans are going there now thinking they’re favourites to win games.

“What I saw on Sunday was another tremendous performance by West Ham – they took the chances they needed to.

“As Jurgen Klopp said at the end, the run had to come to an end sometime but I think, had it not been for West Ham playing so well, that would have been a difficult defeat to take.”

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It means that James has no doubts over whether Moyes’ side can sustain their top-four push, although he believes that, due to their impressive European performances so far this season, any such debate could be made redundant.

He said: “Last season I was shouting about them for the Champions League and it kind of got disrupted before the last game of the season.

“This season, they’re better, and I think David Moyes put it correctly in his post-match interview when he said they’re in a battle for the top four.

“I don’t think they’re title winners, I think Chelsea are the team to beat, but as long as West Ham are in that top four and fighting, then anything can happen.

“There’s nothing this season, bar two results, that would suggest they’re not capable of going all the way and securing a Champions League place.

“The way they’re playing in Europe as well, the league place could prove to be redundant.”

James was speaking on behalf of Utilita Energy’s Football Rebooted campaign, which aims to rehome at least one million used football boots – and it’s a cause close to the former England international’s heart.

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He said: “The climate change, with Cop26 talking about reductions in CO2 emissions and I think one of the key things is that there’s a million pairs of boots, which could be used, rather than replaced, and Football Rebooted tackles that issue.

“What the beauty of this is, the more we’ve been speaking to people with Football Rebooted and Utilita, the more we understand that people in different ways are trying to do the same thing on a micro-scale, by handing boots to friends or whatever, but the campaign is so important as it highlights the fact there are so many pairs of boots out there that can be reused.

“Thanks to the contributions of professional players, from the Premier League and all the way down the pyramid, quite often these are boots that have hardly been worn, rather than a pair that are beyond use.

“So on that front, a million pairs of boots would be better served being used again than going to the shops and buying new ones, which would encourage more production.”

Source by Football London

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