IT HAS taken nearly a whole season but the London Stadium is finally starting to feel like West Ham’s home.
It is just that it does not feel like West Ham any more.
Certainly not like the one we used to know at Upton Park.
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But we saw last night that after ten months of teething problems, tempers fraying and tradition being trampled all over, things are finally beginning to settle in Stratford.
Along with October’s visit of Chelsea in the Capital One Cup, it was the best atmosphere at a Hammers home game this season.
Many diehard fans, still unhappy with their new surroundings, would tell you that is not difficult as there has been more atmosphere on the moon than inside the former Olympic Stadium this term.
But not even the staunchest opponents of West Ham’s controversial move could not complain about a lack of noise and passion from the home stands as their heroes hammered a nail into Spurs’ title hopes.
It may have lacked the close proximity and raw intensity of the Boleyn, but the Hammers are clearly a different club now.
And it is not only the result that should serve as a massive warning to Spurs on their first visit to the London Stadium.
For they will face all the same challenges when they leave White Hart Lane this month.
The visiting fans began the evening by taunting their hosts with chants of “You sold your soul for this s***-hole” and “You’re not West Ham any more”.
They must hope those words do not come back to haunt them as moving stadiums will change Tottenham as a club just like it has their East End foes.
They say the two most stressful things you can do in life are getting married and moving house.
Trying moving out of a football stadium steeped in your club’s history and tradition. Spurs will be hoping their switch is more seamless, but there are no guarantees.
Look at how long it has taken West Ham to settle — and there is still some way to go yet.
As the Tottenham players took to the field for their pre-match warm-up, the big screens started showing highlights of their 1-0 defeat at Upton Park last season.
They might have a new stadium, but the same lack of class remains.
We then had the farcical situation of the PA system breaking down which resulted in the team line-ups being read out in the style of Seventies comedian Norman Collier.
They have only had the Tannoy for 11 months. Let’s hope they took out the extended warranty.