Hammers win but Fabianski the hero


Scamacca scored the winner

Well we won it but as a performance  West Ham left a lot to be desired against Spurs Down Under.

Goals from Danny Ings, Divin Mubama and the coolest of winners from Gianluca Scamacca saw us remain unbeaten in pre-season.

But only a superb performance from Lukasz Fabianski and some criminal Spurs finishing saw us home as we completed our Australian tour.

Having gone two up at half time, despite some intense Spurs pressure, we looked likely to go on and win in reasonable comfort.

Fabianski – three or four fine saves

However, by then Fab had been forced to make three or four fine saves but was beaten twice in the second half – first by Lo Celso and then Udogie.

However, Fornals won a ball in the middle of the pitch soon after to set Scamacca on his way to  fire past the Spurs keep with aplomb.

Three fine chances and three fine goals with two coming from set pieces by the Hammers but not the convincing win we were looking for as the north Londoners tore at us time and again.

Bowen was outstanding however, always causing problems when on the ball and Mubama really does look ready to step up, scoring with a fine header for our second.

Freddie Potts again impressed along with Laing at right back and all three look very likely to save us money in the transfer market.

The best thing we could say about the performance was that it was resilient in the extreme as not many – given the Spurs pressure – would have expected us to win at 2-2 so credit where it is due,

And thank heavens for hero Fab.

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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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  • oldkingcol says:

    Same old performance, so so stressful to watch. Outplayed out passed and out shot.

  • West Aussie Hammer 1 says:

    I have to say, I was impressed with Fab and the boys. Freddie Potts looks a fine player In the making.
    Well I enjoyed being surrounded by Spurs fans and letting them know, Westham are massive where ever we go!! COYI

  • johnham1 says:

    Fab was rightly the man of the match. I thought the young right back was the pick of the young players that i had not really seen before. Zouma was very good. We got completely destroyed in midfield. I could not believe young Potts was not taken out of the firing line. Bowen super in first half. All I can say about Fornals is clever what a serious ball to Scammaca. I also thought mubana was very impressive. Time for Antonio to move aside imo.

  • Budgie says:

    It’s encouraging that our young players are being given the chance and taking it!
    Why spend a fortune when we can at last have our own reaching the standard Premier demands.

  • Hammeroo says:

    It was great to watch my beloved Hammers last night here in Perth. And, despite being without many of our regular first team players, the win made it even more satisfying. Fabianski and Bowen were my men of the match. It was incredible how many chances Spurs missed or were denied by an inspired Lucasz in goal. Jarrod Bowen put in a tireless performance until his substitution in the second half, tormenting the Spurs defence. And it was good to see some of our young academy players getting a chance to show their skills. The future looks bright!

    Tottenham did run the show for long periods when we were unable to get possession. However it was hardly surprising considering we were without midfield players Paqueta, Soucek and, of course the new Gooner, Rice. With Antonio, Benrahma, Coufal, Aguerd and Kehrer also missing from the tour, I think we looked promising. And a special shoutout to Gianluca Scamacca for a fine winning goal from a superb through pass from Pablo Fornals! If we can now get some wins in the transfer market we could be looking good. Come On You Irons!

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