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​Pellegrini explains apparent criticism of West Ham fans leaving early

West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini, has also been asked to clarify his comments about supporters leaving the London Stadium early during last Saturday's defeat by Bournemouth.

"It's not a criticism of the fans. It's more that I think the team really needs the fans," says the Chilean.

"If we are losing 5-1 or 4-1 in the last few minutes, you can leave early, but we were losing 2-1 and we all need the fans - the team, the owners, the manager, the fans - to help us get the result we want.

"Just to clarify, I feel the fans are very important to us."

Ian Ferris
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