Friday, July 31, 2009

Beijing Guoan 0 West Ham 2

West Ham started this game with what looks like nearly their first eleven. The side was Green, Spector, Tomkins, Gabbidon, Ilunga, Dyer, Noble, Parker, Collison, Jimenez and Cole. Upson started on the bench.

Beijing Guoan, on the otherhand, started with what is essentially their reserve side (the first team being rested for a Chinese Super League game on Sunday).

In the first half West Ham looked a little more lively than against Sp#rs but lacked any penetration up front. In the 41st minute Dyer actually managed to put the ball in the back of the net, only for the goal to be disallowed for offside.

In the second half West Ham looked a little more in control of the game but again didn't look very threatening going forward. West Ham did finally score from a Noble corner. Gabbidon heading home from eight yards in the 79th minute.

In the 93rd minute Hines was played clear. He ran from the halfway line, wide on the right touchline, onto the ball, drove into the penalty area and tucked the ball home low past the out coming keeper from about 10 yards.

Dyer was probably the man of the match. He looks in good form and if he can stay free from injury should hopefully give us a bit more pace pushing forwards this season.


At 8:32 PM, Anonymous Greezy Pimp said...

A win is a win, but we looked one paced, tired and really lacked any inventiveness up front. On that showing there aren't many teams in the Prem who will be worried about coming to Upton Park this season.

At 9:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bit early to be worrying about teams not being worried about coming to upton park. the transfer window is open for 31 days more, which is plenty of time to find a striker. Not all 20 clubs are spending like man city ,so i don t think we have to worry about relegation just yet...

mistakes . lots of them. that s what pre-season friendlies are for. especially when players have travelled 4,000 miles to get there.

At 1:15 PM, Anonymous greezy pimp said...

I take your point, although I didn't say that we looked like relegation fodder, more that we lacked something in key areas around the pitch. It's true that pre-season is about getting things right but in a high profile tournament we are on display for all to see and those watching will not have seen anything to worry them. I'm not doom mongering just hi lighting that we have a way to go yet.


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