Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Players Need to Set the Mood but, Believe Me, Our Supporters Make a Huge Difference; in Association With

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Players Need to Set the Mood but, Believe Me, Our Supporters Make a Huge Difference; in Association With

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Byline: David Moyes

IF there was ever a time for West Ham fans to show how much supporting their club really matters to them, then Saturday's home game against Southampton is it.

I can tell our fans that the players are really together. They've been hard on themselves since the Burnley defeat and they are ready for the remaining eight games of this season.

It will make our job so much easier if everyone is behind us on Saturday and I'm sure they will be.

The problems which occurred against Burnley didn't help us. After the first goal there was a long break because of the issues on the pitch and the players' statistics dropped off dramatically.

That proves the importance of the support and if that can happen so spectacularly when things go wrong, then the opposite is true if we feel that unified support.

Since I've been here, I've discovered just how much passion there is in our local support. The people in the area live and breathe West Ham.

I know we have a group of players who want to do well and if we and the fans can work it out together, I am sure we will win enough games to stay up.

I still recall vividly our match against Chelsea and the way the supporters roared us on to a memorable victory. The noise in the stadium that day was unforgettable and, believe me, it made such an impact.

Sometimes small things can make the difference a tackle, a run, a shot.

My message to the players is we have to be the instigators. We need to be the ones to start things off, set the mood and give the supporters something on which they can focus their support.

We've had three weeks to reflect on things, talk together and I sense a real focus and energy on us getting the right result on Saturday, which is vitally important.

After the Burnley game, it was the right thing to do to get away with the squad for a few days.

It gave us the chance to regroup and come together. I sense a real tightness and toughness about the squad and we need those qualities in our remaining matches.

Over the five days in Miami, we trained hard but we also made sure the players had some down time as well. …

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