Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Peterborough 0 West Ham 2

West Ham put out a much stronger team than I had expected: Green, Behrami, Ferdinand, Upson, Neill, Faubert, Parker, Noble, Reid, Cole, Bellamy with subs: Stech, Widdowson, Davenport, Mullins, Collison, Stokes, Stanislas, Sears. Apparently Dean Ashton was feeling unwell so sat this game out. Neill started at left back with new boy Behrami taking the right back slot (interesting).

Alan Curbishley had obviously planned to rest a few players tonight and his post match comments seem to suggest he is not entirely happy with West Ham's pre-season schedule of friendlies,

"We were all feeling a bit rough from the America trip,' he said. 'I wanted to rotate my side a bit more but I can't because I've got quite a few out already with little niggles. That means some of the players are getting flogged, which should not be the way during pre-season."

Anyway - back to the game itself.

Craig Bellamy, after missing the All-Stars game, immediately resumed his promising pre-season good form by scoring in the 3rd minute. Scott Parker's pass sent Craig Bellamy past the Peterborough defence and he rounded Lewis in goal before slotting the ball home.

In the 42 minute Bellamy got his second goal of the match. A long pass by Neill saw Bellamy again race clear of the defence only this time he chipped Lewis to get West Ham's second goal of the game.

In the second half the expected roll call of changes to both sides led to a more disjointed second 45 minutes. Parker and Noble looked much more impressive in central midfield than Parker and Mullins had against the All-Stars. However the difference in standard of opposition means that any comparison is difficult to make.

A fuller report of the game is available on the official site.

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