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FC WINTERTHUR (Switzerland) First XI
West Ham United kicked-off their pre-season schedule with a 3-2 defeat by Swiss Challenge League side FC Winterthur. The Hammers, who have spent the week at an intensive training camp in Bad Ragaz, fielded 22 players as Manuel Pellegrini took charge of his newly-inherited squad for the first time. Andy Carroll and Mark Noble were both on target for the Premier League side, who got valuable match minutes into their legs on a hot and sunny Sunday afternoon at the Stadion Schutzenwiese. The game hinged on a missed penalty from captain Carroll just before half-time, when the England centre forward saw his spot-kick saved by former West Ham youngster Raphael Spiegel. It was Winterthur who started the brighter and they could have gone ahead even before they did go ahead, with Luca Radice rattling Adrian’s post before the Spaniard recovered to keep out Sead Hajrovic’s follow-up effort. It was Davide Calla who put Winterthur ahead on 25 minutes, getting in front of his man to head powerfully into the top corner, much to the delight of the home fans among the sizeable crowd. West Ham were level eight minutes later when Edimilson Fernandes got to the byline before squeezing a low cross past Spiegel and Carroll slid home from no more than a yard. An entertaining, even game tipped again in Winterthur’s favour in the minutes before half-time. Striker Manuel Sutter prodded the home side in front, then Spiegel kept his side in front with two fine saves in the space of 60 seconds. First, the ex-Hammer denied Carroll from the spot after Pablo Zabaleta had been brought down. Then, from the resulting corner, Spiegel plunged low to his right again to push Conor Coventry’s shot to safety.
Pellegrini changed his entire team at half-time, introducing new signings Issa Diop and Ryan Fredericks, but it was Winterthur who scored the game’s fourth goal with 16 minutes remaining. French forward Jordan Gele, on for Sutter, got in behind the West Ham defence and calmly finished past Nathan Trott to make it 3-1. There was still time for the Hammers to make the game interesting when Jordan Hugill raced onto a through ball and was brought down by substitute goalkeeper Bojan Milosavljevic. This time Noble made no mistake from 12 yards, sending Milosavljevic the wrong way.
2 - 3 (Carroll, Noble [pen]
8 July 2018
UNOFFICIAL PROGRAMMES & TEAMSHEET
BRENTWOOD TOWN : Under 23
2 - 0 (Adarkwa, Parkes)
10 July 2018
DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE : Under 23
Chigwell Construction Stadium
1 - 2 (Ashby)
13 July 2018
A youthful West Ham United U23 side found themselves on the wrong end of a 2-1 scoreline as National League outfit Dagenham & Redbridge won the Hammers’ first warm-up fixture at Victoria Road. With a number of the visitors’ U23 squad away in Switzerland with the first team, it was an extremely inexperienced side that travelled across east London. Nevertheless, they gave a decent account of themselves in a competitive opening half. Daggers stopper Elliot Justham, did well to thwart Oladapo Afolayan as the Hammers created the evenings first clear-cut opening, while Chike Kandi found Paul Woolston in his way and Elliott Romain fired over from close range as the hosts looked for an opening of their own. Luke Pennell’s powerful header warmed the palms of Woolston, then the one-time Sunderland and Newcastle keeper did well to cling to Ollie Harfield’s dead-ball attempt as the Daggers began to control proceedings. Shortly before the break, trialist, Kiran Khinda-John, nodded over as the Hammers goals continued to lead a charmed life. However, it took the Daggers just five second-half minutes to break the deadlock. Substitute, Lamar Reynolds, fired high beyond Hammers replacement keeper Joseph Anang, this after the former Aveley and Brentwood Town man had burst in from the left. Romain tested Anang as Dagenham looked to double their advantage, but with 20 minutes remaining Harfield drove low into the corner from 20 yards to put the outcome beyond reasonable doubt. But the youthful Hammers line-up refused to throw in the towel. Refreshed by a clutch of substitutions, Harrison Ashby lashed a thundering strike in off an upright from fully twenty-five yards to halve the deficit.
WYCOMBE WANDERERS : First XI
1 - 0 (Arnautovic)
14 July 2018
Marko Arnautovic scored the only goal of the game as West Ham United recorded a 1-0 pre-season friendly victory at Wycombe Wanderers. Arnautovic fired into the far corner with 34 minutes on the clock – and the Austrian’s goal on his first appearance of the summer proved enough to settle the contest. The No7, along with debutant Andriy Yarmolenko, provided a serious threat in the opening period as the Hammers returned to England following a successful two-week training camp in Switzerland. As the changes were made throughout the second half, the pace of the game dropped, but the Hammers came through a good workout with the spoils.
MFK ZEMPLIN MICHALOVCE (Slovakia) Under 23
2 - 1 (Afolayan, Scully)
17 July 2018
Woolston, Johnson (Barrett), Akinola, Alese (Okocha), Powell (Ashby), Lewis (Nebula), Mingi (Trialist), Belic (Watson), Rosa (Ngakia), Afolayan (Longelo), Scully
PRESTON NORTH END : First XI
2 - 2 (Arnautovic 2)
21 July 2018
FC VSS KOSICE (Slovakia) Under 23
1 - 0 (Scully [pen])
21 July 2018
Woolston (McCornell), Johnson (Ngakia), Akinola, Alese (Okocha), Barrett (Trialist), Lewis (Mingi), Belic (Parkes), Nebyla (Longelo), Scully (Rosa), Afolayan (Hector-Ingram), Powell (Watson)
SALFORD CITY : Under 23
2 - 1 (Adarkwa, Hector-Ingram)
24 July 2018
Anang, Johnson (Barrett), Akinola, Alese, Powell, Lewis, Belic (Trialist), Scully, Samuelsen (Ngakia), Afolayan (Longelo), Hector-Ingram (Adarkwa)
ASTON VILLA : First XI
3 - 1 (Antonio, Arnautovic, Snodgrass)
25 July 2018
SOUTHEND UNITED : Under 18
Boots & Laces
5 - 3 (Adarkwa 3, ? , ?)
25 July 2018
IPSWICH TOWN : First XI
2 - 1 (Anderson, Arnautovic)
28 July 2018
BARNET : Under 23
0 - 0
28 July 2018
1. FSV MAINZ 05 (Germany) Betway Cup
Stadion Schwaz Siilberstadt
1 - 1 (Martinez) West Ham United win 7-6 pens
31 July 2018
BILLERICAY TOWN : Under 23
4 - 0 (Adarka 2, Hector-Ingram, Powell [pen])
31 July 2018
ANGERS SCO (France) First XI
1 - 0 (Hernandez)
3 August 2018
WATFORD : Under 23
1 - 2 (Holland)
3 August 2018
Anang, Johnson (Barrett), Oxford, Pask (Akinola), Powell, Coventry, Fernandes (Belic), Afoloyan (Diangana), Haksabanovic, Holland,
A 2-1 win against a tough, experienced MFK Zemplín Michalovce rounded off a great two first days for West Ham United’s Academy side in Slovakia.
Two first half goals, courtesy of Anthony Scully and Oladapo Afolayan, made the hosts’ 29th-minute strike redundant as the east Londoners secured an maiden pre-season win. And the victory could have been by a far greater margin had the Hammers taken more of a handful of chances against their opponents who named players with Champions League experience in their starting XI. West Ham, little over a week into their pre-season facing a team who begin their league campaign at the weekend, looked sharper from the off and took an early lead on five minutes. Alfie Lewis did superbly well to get on the ball in midfield and feed Afolayan, who managed to somehow nick the ball away from the defender and charge into the box. His low cross from the left was inch-perfect, and Scully was waiting at the back post to finish coolly. Three minutes later, the winger – continuing his impressive start – worked some space to cross, and though Bernardo Rosa met beautifully with a volley, his effort was saved. But the Hammers were on hand to double their advantage just after the ten-minute mark, when Afolayan was again busy around the Michalovce defenders, before his tidy footwork on the byline allowed him to finish into an empty net.
NO OFFICIAL PROGRAMMES or TEAMSHEETS ISSUED in SLOVAKIA
An Anthony Scully penalty secured a second consecutive victory for West Ham United’s U23s in Slovakia as they were 1-0 winners against FC Kosice. In a first half which contained few chances, the first fell to Oladapo Afolayan who nicked the ball from a defender ten minutes in but his attempt was eventually snuffed out. The healthy crowd were made to wait until the 26th minute, however, for the game to really come to life. Afolayan was again involved, bursting into the penalty area after receiving Alfie Lewis’ pass before being fouled en route to goal. Scully stepped up, smashing down the middle from 12 yards to grab his second goal in as many games and make it 1-0.
Marko Arnautovic scored twice and Jack Wilshere made an impressive debut as West Ham United were held to a 2-2 draw at Championship side Preston North End. Just as he had been at Wycombe Wanderers the previous weekend, Arnautovic was on target, netting two well-taken first half goals at Deepdale. Alongside Arnautovic, debutant Wilshere also caught the eye, winning the free-kick which led to the Austrian’s seventh-minute opener and driving his team forward at every opportunity. Ukraine star Andriy Yarmolenko also followed up his own impressive debut with another eye-catching display in Lancashire, capped by an assist for Arnautovic’s second goal on the stroke of half-time. In between the No7’s two strikes, Preston had levelled through captain Tom Clarke’s powerful header, and the hosts grabbed a share of the spoils through substitute Billy Bodin’s smart control and finish with 15 minutes remaining.
CARDIFF CITY : Under 18
1 - 7 (Adarkwa)
21 July 2018
Sanneh, Greenidge, Wilson-Esbrand, Dalipi, Msumbu, Baptiste, El Mhassani, Giddings, Adarkwa, Khouri, Kileba
West Ham United’s U23s picked up their third pre-season win in succession on Tuesday afternoon as they were 2-1 winners at Little Heath taking on National League outfit Salford City. First goals of the campaign for both Jahmal Hector-Ingram and substitute Sean Adarkwa turned the game on its head in east London after the non-league side had taken a first half lead. And goalkeeper Joseph Anang was on hand to help out in the closing stages too, saving from a penalty kick to deny a late twist.
Michail Antonio and Marko Arnautovic scored in the first half before a late goal from Robert Snodgrass to secure a 3-1 pre-season victory for West Ham United against Aston Villa. Antonio put the Irons in front inside ten minutes with a low effort, having fashioned the opportunity himself, before Arnautovic netted his fourth goal in three matches after a fantastic team move. The match also saw West Ham debuts for record signing Felipe Anderson and defender Fabian Balbuena, with the duo both impressing on their first showings for the side. Substitute Snodgrass would seemingly put the game to bed with five minutes to go, rounding Jed Steer, before Andre Green powered home a strike for Villa in the dying embers of the game.
CVV SPARTA ENSCHEDE (Netherlands) Under 18
3 - 2 (El Mhassani 2 [1 pen], O'Connell)
18 July 2018
West Ham United U18s dug deep to end their mini-tour of the Netherlands with a 3-2 pre-season victory over CVV Sparta. Two goals from Anouar El Mhassani – a penalty and a superb direct free-kick – and one from Charlie O’Connell were enough to secure the win for the Hammers youngsters at BSC Unisson Boekelo in the suburbs of the city of Enschede. West Ham’s cause was not helped by a late sending-off, but the Londoners held on to score a morale-boosting success.
West Ham United's U18s slipped to a heavy defeat by Cardiff City in their second pre-season match ahead of the 2018/19 campaign. With a number of scholars away with the U23 squad in Slovakia, a young and inexperienced Hammers team were beaten 7-1 by their Welsh opponents at Little Heath. Sean Adarkwa scored West Ham's consolation goal.
Felipe Anderson scored his first goal in Claret and Blue and Marko Arnautovic was on target again as West Ham United won 2-1 at Portman Road.
The Hammers were arguably not at their fluent best in Suffolk, but two clinical finishes were the difference between the Premier League side and their Championship opponents. Roared on by an estimated 5,000 supporters at Portman Road, Manuel Pellegrini’s side were ahead within three minutes through the unlikely source of Felipe Anderson’s forehead. Picking up where they left off at Aston Villa in midweek, just 145 seconds had elapsed when three of West Ham’s summer signings combined to give their new team the lead. Andriy Yarmolenko’s threaded through ball sent Ryan Fredericks clear into space behind Ipswich left-back Jonas Knudsen and, when he crossed at head height, the Brazil winger had stolen a yard on former Hammer Jordan Spence and nodded inside the far post. There was little goalmouth action until Ipswich equalised nine minutes later. Andre Dozzell – the son of former Tractor Boy Jason – was the creator, splitting the visiting defence with a fine ball for striker Ellis Harrison to poke first-time past debutant Lukasz Fabianski in the West Ham goal.
Ipswich came out of the traps faster in the second half, with the lively Harrison leading the charge. First, Fredericks had to be alert to divert Tristan Nydam’s effort around the post. Then, the same player saw Harrison’s cross flash in front of him and across the face of Fabianski’s goal. Having weathered that storm, the Hammers then went back into the ascendance. Robert Snodgrass tested Bialkowski with a powerful low drive before Pellegrini’s side grabbed the victory with a goal that owed almost everything to Arnautovic. The Austrian showed power and pace to race away from the Ipswich centre-halves and latch onto substitute Sead Haksabanovic’s through pass and poke nonchalantly past Bartosz Bialkowski and into the corner to score his fifth goal in five pre-season appearances.
West Ham United U23s continued their pre-season with a hard-fought 0-0 draw away to Barnet. The Bees put up a stern test for the Irons at The Hive, with the experience of the League Two team proving a challenge for the Hammers. Nathan Holland enjoyed West Ham’s best chance from open play, seeing a powerful effort from close range excellently saved, while Anthony Scully also missed from the penalty spot.
West Ham United secured the Betway Cup with a dramatic penalty shootout victory over 1. FSV Mainz in Austria. The Hammers looked on course to win the tie in normal time when substitute Toni Martinez headed his side ahead midway through the second half. However, a deflected equaliser from the German Bundesliga side’s Robin Quaison eight minutes from the end sent the match straight to penalties. There, Adrian saved one spot-kick and scored another before Gaetan Bussman skied his effort high and wide of the Spaniard’s goal to make it fourth time lucky for the men in Claret and Blue, who had previously been beaten by Werder Bremen (twice) and Juventus in the pre-season competition sponsored by the club’s principal partner.
COLCHESTER UNITED : Under 18
5 - 0 (Adarkwa, Longelo, Okotcha, Watson, [Trialist])
28 July 2018
Anang, Ngakia, Wilson-Esbrand, Mingi, Baptiste, Okotcha, Rosa, Trialist, Adarkwa, Watson, Longelo
West Ham United’s U18s continued their preparation for the 2018/19 league season with a convincing 5-0 victory over Colchester United. The Londoners – who bagged five for the second consecutive match following last Wednesday’s 5-3 triumph against Southend United – secured the thrashing thanks to goals from Josh Okotcha, Sean Adarkwa, Louie Watson, Emmanuel Longelo plus one from a trialist. It was a dominant performance from the Hammers, who are beginning to gel together as a team prior to the regular Premier League youth season kicking off. Always a threat were Longelo and Bernardo Rosa, complementing the attacking prowess of Adarkwa through the middle. After the forward’s winner for the U23s as a substitute against Salford City, Adarkwa continued to impress against the U’s, threatening in behind and finding the back of the net once again. Having conceded seven at home to Cardiff City just a couple of weeks ago – and though a win was recorded over Southend, three were let in – a clean sheet was of huge importance at Colchester and the Hammers were solid throughout. The back four of Josh Wilson-Esbrand, Okotcha, Jamal Baptiste and Jeremy Ngakia never looked like conceding at Florence Park and rarely let the hosts have a sniff of Joseph Anang’s goal.
HARLOW TOWN : Under 18
0 - 0
1 August 2018
Subs used: Greenidge, Kileba, Hinds, Giddings, Parkes
West Ham United’s U23s recorded a comfortable victory over National South outfit Billericay Town with all goals in the 4-0 thrashing coming after the interval at the AGP Arena. Substitute Sean Adarkwa’s double – which takes his pre-season Academy tally to nine goals in seven games – was sandwiched between Jahmal Hector-Ingram’s opener and Joe Powell’s late penalty as the Hammers romped home in Essex.
West Ham United’s U23s were defeated on a sweltering day at Watford’s training ground as they went down 2-1 in a final pre-season friendly. Kiko Femnia’s strike and Marc Navarro’s free-kick were the difference in Hertfordshire despite a Nathan Holland goal 20 minutes from the end. The hosts fielded a strong starting XI which included first team players Adrian Mariappa, Sebastian Prodl and Isaac Success as well as the first goalscorer and summer signing Navarro. The Hornets dominated the early proceedings and nearly went in front after just eleven minutes when Adam Masina, their No11, struck the outside of the post direct from a corner kick. Seven minutes later, an even better chance presented itself for the hosts when a low cross from the right found Isaac Success waiting inside the six-yard-box, but the forward could not hit the target as he stabbed it well over on the slide. Seven minutes before the break, the Hammers had their first attempt on goal as Jahmal Hector-Ingram, stealing the ball from a defender, received a pass back from sub Kristijan Belic before testing the keeper. But moments later came the opener. A long ball into the left channel evaded the Hammers’ defence and Femenia was able to round Anang in goal to break the deadlock.
The second half began in far different fashion with the visitors taking the game to the leaders. And eight minutes in, the Hammers got their chance to get back on level terms when Hector-Ingram was flattened by the keeper in the box and a penalty was awarded. However Watford stopper Pontus Dahlberg was equal to Oladapo Afolayan’s spot-kick as he pushed it clear low to his right. And after the positive start, Watford’s second came at a bad time for West Ham. After Tunji Akinola’s foul on the edge of the box, Anang in goal could not keep out Marc Navarro’s free-kick though the keeper got a hand to it. With twenty minutes remaining, the Hammers made it interesting when Holland raced away down the left, slipping past the stranded full-back and deserved his luck as a shot cannoned off the goalkeeper back onto the winger and into the net.
Chicharito marked his return to the West Ham United team with the winning goal in Friday’s 1-0 pre-season victory over Angers SCO in Austria. The Hammers edged past their French Ligue 1 opponents with a goal from the Mexico star midway through the first half at the Das.Goldberg Stadion in Grodig. Playing his first match since the FIFA World Cup Round of 16 defeat by Brazil, the striker showed his typical sharpness to get in front of his marker and divert Aaron Cresswell’s low cross into the top corner.
Additional support material courtesy of John Northcutt
West Ham's submitted Teamsheet
FSV Mainz's submitted Teamsheet
Official programme only handed out to dignataries at the game
BRENTFORD : Behind closed doors
2 - 1 (Henandez, Snodgrass)
15 November 2018