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Hutchison: West Ham fans must forget about Upton Park

Former West Ham midfielder Don Hutchison says Irons fans need to forget about Upton Park.

Slaven Bilic's side have struggled to adapt to life in the London Stadium and look unlikely to improve on their seventh place finish in the final season at Upton Park even with the new campaign just over a month old.

“I've been to the new stadium and when you're in the bowels of it, I've never seen a stadium that looks as good," Hutchison told Bwin. “It's better than Wembley. It's better than the Emirates. It's plush, it's slick, it really is a sensational stadium. I don't buy into the theory that the new stadium has had a negative effect on the players – they need to roll up their sleeves and get on with it.

“The bit I do agree with is that it is not Upton Park, so while West Ham players should look forward to playing in such a great arena – so too do the opposition. You'd look at this ground and think it's a good one to play football on, we can get the ball down and play.

“Overall though, West Ham fans need to let Upton Park go. I'm getting a bit bored of this mentality that the ground is to blame for the drop in standards this season."

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