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Sam Cunningham is a sports reporter for the Daily Mail and has been covering West Ham on a regular basis.

Sam was at the first ever Premier League game to be played at London Stadium on Sunday and has nothing but good things to say about the new Stadium....


I have been really impressed with the new Stadium and the way West Ham have managed to fill it.

Karren Brady and her team behind-the-scenes have done a good job in making sure that happened and the atmosphere has been really good in the first few games.

There were question marks over whether the Club could take the atmosphere from the Boleyn Ground into the new Stadium, but I think that has been answered already.

I recently spoke to Mark Noble and he said when the fans are singing 'Bubbles' it is much louder than what he encountered at the Boleyn Ground.

There was an even bigger cheer when Michail Antonio scored the late winner against Bournemouth and it capped a memorable first Premier League game.

Mark Noble also mentioned that they need to get the first Premier League win quickly as it feels like your have feet up on the sofa and it feels right at home.

It could certainly mount on you if you don't win for a while and it can affect the players but thankfully West Ham have managed to avoid that.

In terms of the game West Ham were missing a number of key players through injury, but they still created good chances and were lacking a finishing touch that the likes of Andy Carroll, Andre Ayew and Dimitri Payet would have given you.

I was really impressed with Cheikhou Kouyate, Michail Antonio and Gokhan Tore and they were really good in driving the team forward.

Antonio got the late goal and it will certainly keep Slaven and the fans happy.

Slaven said after the game that he will do whatever is best for the team, but Michail is such an exciting player on the wing and he has comfortably made the step up from the Championship. I enjoy watching him play.

You hope West Ham can have a good run in the Europa League this season because the Premier League is so hard this season.

But as Leicester showed last season there is always a surprise and the Hammers will be hoping to qualify for Europe once again.

Getting Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini back in action makes them stronger and they have every chance of doing well this season.

The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of West Ham United