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Hammers well beaten on a night to forget

Rangers 3 Hammers 1

by Hughie Southon

West Ham were thoroughly well beaten in their most serious pre-season match yety – against Glasgow Rangers in Scotland tonight.

After a goal-less  first half short of any serious excitement we were beaten by three goals in 10 minutes before Tomas Soucek scored to give the score line some respectability.

See the source imageAguerd forced off with injury

The Hammers looked listless in the heat and had little to offer after Rangers hit them with two goals in two minutes before adding a third six minutes later.

And to make matters considerably worse, new signing Nayef Aguerd left the action in the first half when injured after recovering from giving the ball away.

Ok, it was only pre season but this really was a night to forget as the Hammers huffed and puffed their way through the match producing next to nothing.

Mikey Antonio had what was probably the best chance of the first half in the 16th minute when a fine ball from Pablo Fornals  saw him close on goal but his shot rebounded off the keeper before being cleared for a corner.

But there was bad news for the Hammers six minutes later when  Aguerd lost control  and was forced to hobble off in trying to recover.

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In truth it had been less than an average 45 minutes and Declan was the next to suffer when receiving a yellow card for a poor tackle from behind as Rangers pushed forward although at no stage did they appear to worry the Irons defence.

Rangers though were in sensational form at the start of the second half when Lawrence crashed home a fine shot after Cresswell had been comprehensively beaten before the ball  was crossed,

And two minutes later a superb move from their own half ended with Kent thrashing home a second and there was worse to come when Tavernier found Mantondo who fired a rising shot across Fabianski and into the roof of the West Ham net.

The Irons hit back from a corner when Tomas Soucek squeezed a shot home in the 70th minute to remind the manager – should it be necessary – that he still has plenty to offer after coming on as a sub.

West Ham United: Fabiański, Johnson (Coufal 55), Zouma, Aguerd (Diop 24), Cresswell, Rice © (Downes 55), Lanzini (Souček 55), Bowen, Fornals (Coventry 75), Benrahma (Vlašić 55), Antonio (Mubama 75)
Subs: Areola (GK), Randolph (GK), Masuaku, Baptiste

Goal: Souček 70

Booked: Rice

Referee: Nick Walsh

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About Hugh5outhon1895

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!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

2 comments on “Hammers well beaten on a night to forget

  1. This time last year West Ham travelled to Glasgow and walloped Celtic 6-1. The result mean’t nothing. My only concern in last nights’ game as of this morning, is how new centre back Aguerd is after being substituted after 23 minutes.

  2. Listless in the heat lol it was the same for both teams and only one friendly or not had players who wanted to win….3 weeks from now we play Citeh and on this evidence we are going to be in negative goal difference by quite some way.
    Antonio again one on one misses….he never thinks of anything other than hit it hard the angle he had it called for lifting the ball over the keeper into the corner he is not a natural striker and Moyes needs to sort that out…..Cresswell and Johnson i thought were poor Rice really not bothered until he had to chase back and get booked….and the one player Moyes seems intent on selling Soucek comes on and scores……..Its only a friendly but this close to the new season the players should be further along but a lazy attitude cost us and because of that lazy attitude our all singing and dancing shiney new centreback got himself injured and you know it being us it wont be a week it will be 4/5 weeks plus recovery mmmm maybe end of september before we see him.

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