From the Boardroom - David Sullivan

West Ham United Joint-Chairman David Sullivan reflects on the defeat against Newcastle

We were nowhere near our best during the first half on Saturday and sadly that ended up costing us the game.

I agree 100 per cent with the manager that we were better in the second half and we could have nicked a draw.

It's so refreshing to have a manager who is so honest about our performance.

In reality all the teams on Saturday who had also played away during the midweek seem to be affected.

Maybe the travelling had an impact on them as in seven games, five lost and two drew.

I want to say a big thank you our supporters who made the long trips to Bournemouth and Newcastle in the space of four days.

Our support at both grounds was fantastic as always and I know the players, management and the board are so grateful for the time and effort you spend following us up and down the country.

We know we have to better on Saturday or it will be another tough afternoon as Manchester City are playing to their maximum at the moment.

Despite Saturday ruining my weekend, as I'm sure it did for most supporters, in the cold light of day we are not having a bad season !

We are still in the top six and there is still everything to play for.

We have already done the double over Liverpool this season and having recorded an impressive victory at the Etihad Stadium back in September, I am sure Slaven and the players will be doing everything they can to record another memorable victory on Saturday.

We are celebrating our sixth anniversary on Tuesday since myself and David Gold took control of West Ham United back in 2010.

It has been a memorable spell in charge and we have now assembled the strongest set of players since we took ownership of the Club.

The future is looking so bright and with our move into the new Stadium during the summer we can only dream of bigger and better things for everyone connected with the football club.