Bilic celebration number one
It was pure, unadulterated relief when Pedro Obiang’s deflected opener plopped in the back of the net on Monday night.
Bilic jumped – watch those hips, Slav – ran around like a loon, punched the air, hugged his staff, the whole shebang. It was great to see as a man under enormous pressure acted like the world had been lifted from his shoulders.
Bilic celebration number two
Equally as effusive as the first, the Croat had been stalking around his enormous technical area waiting to jump around again.
That’s what he did but this time, he included a Tger Woods-esque fist-pump to the proceedings as Andre Ayew stabbed home the Hammers second goal.
An inflatable penis
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The Bobby Moore Lower stand treated the fans in that area with an inflatable phallic balloon in, erm, honour of recent events.
It was being thrown around like a beach ball in the stands as the now infamous “Dildo Brothers” jape made it’s way to the London Stadium for the first time in reference to Sporting Lisbon’s director Bruno de Carvalho and comments towards the Hammers board.
One suspects we will see that inflatable on many occasions this season in E20.
Fans ducking for cover
As the rain absolutely tipped down in east London, it left a lot of Hammers supporters running for cover, especially thsoe sitted in the front ten or fifteen rows.
They emptied and it was a rather odd sight as fans huddled in the upper sections of the lower stand.
The rain didn’t bother Slaven Bilic, who stood out in his cavernous techinical area without a jacket, while David Wagner had both a waterproof coat and a cap on. Who won that battle?