Hammer Downes delighted with return


Flynn Downes was happy to be back in action as the Hammers came out victorious in their first pre-season game at Boreham Wood.

The Irons won 4-1 in front of two and a half thousand fans with  goals from Danny Ings and Kamarai Swyer in the first half followed with strikes from Jarrod Bowen and Gideon Kodua in the second.

Downes played almost 80 minutes of action putting in an impressive showing in the heart of midfield less than five days after returning from the off-season.

And afterwards he said: “It has gone so quickly but that’s the game we play. We are back now and we’re working hard. It was good to get out there and enjoy some football. 

The legs have been better! We’ve been back for four or five days and it’s been really tough, but that’s the nature of pre-season. That’s what we expect. It was nice to play in a game, so it wasn’t just running. We could get on the ball and play a bit of football, which was lovely.”

There have been running and drills on the Rush Green training pitches but , Downes explained how playing in actual matches is the best way to fully prepare for the new season; one that will once again see the side compete on four fronts, including Europe for a third consecutive campaign.

He added that there is nothing like football fitness saying: It’s the little things like the sharpness, the second balls. It’s those little things that you can’t get in training, that you can’t replicate when you’re running.

“Things like change in direction like you get in games, it’s so different. We need to play as many games as we can and, to be fair, all the boys prefer doing that. It was good.”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • Buster says:

    Don’t forget who Downes was playing against. Boreham Wood will be playing against AFC Fylde, Solihiull Moors, Gateshead and Wealdstone next season…..not Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, and the Manchester clubs who West Ham will be challenged by. Downes had to be impressive last night against a non-league outfit….but he won’t be holding down a place alongside the likes of Soucek, Paqueta, Fornals, Bowen and anyone Moyes brings in with Rice’s transfer fee. Downes has to go back to the Championship or League One.

  • BoleynIrons says:

    Buster, what a negative spin.
    Who knows given game time he may well prosper as to giving some one like Zakira games who hasn’t set the world alight.
    Rice was a slow starter then sprung into life. I’m not saying he’ll be as good but maybe alongside Fornals and Paqueta in a midfield 3 it will work

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