West Ham United shame as fans invade pitch at London Stadium

West Ham might have to play in empty stadium after fan trouble

David Moyes' West Ham are in 16th place, three points from the bottom three. By that stage the action on the pitch had become nearly incidental with fans directing their anger at the club's chiefs.

"What we need the club to do now, the supporters, players, everybody, is pull together", he said.

"It's well known fans haven't been happy for a long time", said West Ham captain Mark Noble, who grabbed one of the pitch invaders and threw him to the ground in one exchange.

Hammers fans had been voicing their anger towards the club's board as they sat just three points ahead of the relegation zone heading into the game.

Chris Wood's double from the bench was overshadowed by a toxic atmosphere as co-chairmen David Gold and David Sullivan were escorted out of the directors' box for their safety with supporters chanting about the club's leadership. They're just trying to say, "Come on, just get off the pitch".

West Ham United shame as fans invade pitch at London Stadium

The afternoon got even worse for David Moyes' side when Wood netted a third for the visitors, latching onto the rebound after Joe Hart spilled a Johann Berg Gudmundsson shot.

Substitute Wood made it three for Sean Dyche's men, who narrowed the gap on sixth-placed Arsenal to two points and won their first away game since November. However, both players are too inconsistent and will find life tough against one of the hardest working teams in the league. "At that point our players just had to keep doing what they were doing and keep an eye on what was going on".

Scotland Yard has received two allegations of assault and West Ham said it has launched a "full and thorough investigation" into today's events.

It added: "An emergency meeting has been called with all London Stadium stakeholders. A lot of my players did well with the way they acted".

While the Clarets have had a year to forget so far, they picked up their first win of 2018 last weekend, coming from behind to clinch victory for the first time this season. We needed the supporters with us in a different way. For the majority of the time I've been here, I think the team have done a really good job. They have ways of venting that [frustration].

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