West Ham manager Sam Allardyce was shocked by fans booing his team after their 2-1 Premier League home win over Hull City on Wednesday.
The Hammers played against 10 men for most of the game after Hull’s goalkeeper Alan Mcgregor was sent off in the 23rd minute.
But Allardyce’s side failed to dominate, to the frustration of the home fans.
“I’ve never been in a place where I’ve won and got booed,” Allardyce told BBC. “Fans affect players.
“We don’t need them on players’ backs when we are coming off three defeats. They have to stay and help them win.”
He added: “At half-time, the players were talking more about fans booing them than the game. I had to make sure they kept focused on the field.
“I started playing at 16, got in a first team at 18 and am 59 now, but I’ve never been in place where I won and got booed.”
Goalkeeper Allan McGregor brought down Mohamad Diame in the penalty area, resulting in the red card with Mark Noble scoring from the spot.
The ‘Tigers’ however dug deep and leveled through Nikica Jelavic, before an incredible own goal by defender James Chester gifted West Ham the win.
“I want the players to play better and take advantage more – but you don’t at this level,” added Allardyce, whose side are nine points clear of the relegation zone.
“People are organised, wait for an opportunity to suck you in and expose you, even with 10 men. It’s a huge, huge three points for us.”