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West Ham United co-owner David Sullivan has urged fans to ‘get behind the team’ following the 3-1 Premier League defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion at the weekend.

The Hammers were comprehensively outplayed at the Amex Stadium, with goals from Glenn Murray, Jose Izquierdo and Pascal Gross sealing the win for the home side.

The visitors had little to cheer besides a smart individual effort from striker Javier Hernandez and the supporters made their feelings towards the club’s hierarchy clear, with chants of ‘sack the board’ being heard even before the Seagulls had taken the lead after eight minutes.

Sullivan addressed the issues after the game and called for unity in order to help the team avoid relegation to the Championship.

“Chants of sack the board and opposition to me and David Gold will mean nothing,” he told talkSPORT, as quoted by Football.London.

“Get behind the team, though unity we can turn it all around.

“We don’t want to find that a disappointing season has turned into a disastrous one.”

The comments from the former Birmingham City owner are unlikely to improve his standing amongst the Irons faithful, who feel that those running the club are not acting in its best interests.

A move from their traditional home at Upton Park to the London Stadium in 2016 has proven divisive, whilst many perceive that promises of transfer investment have been broken.

Indeed, manager David Moyes was able to bring in just one permanent signing in the January transfer window, with Jordan Hugill arriving for £10 million from Preston North End only after Andre Ayew had moved to Swansea City for £18 million.

West Ham are in dire need of a league victory and face Watford at home on Saturday before a difficult trip to Anfield to take on Liverpool a fortnight later.

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