Macca happy with Irons draw


images (2)The Hammers continued their pre-season friendly campaign with a 0-0 draw at Ipswich last night and afterwards Neil McDonald declared: “There’s still lots to do.”

Speaking to he said: “The tempo was much better than on Saturday (against Stevenage) and that’s what we’re looking to improve on every single game in pre-season.

“We’re still mixing the teams up, nothing’s solid and nothing’s set, so we’ll try different partnerships, different ways of playing and we’ll get it right for the first game of the season. Mauro Zarate got 30 minutes and that’s what we planned before the game.”

Macca explained: “. He’s a little bit behind in training with the little aches and pains he’s had, and we’ve had to be careful, so it’s good for him to come into a competitive game.

“He showed a few nice touches and he gets in the box, which is excellent, but we’ll take no chances in pre-season.”

The Hammers fly out to New Zealand today and a game against Wellington Phoenix is on the agenda next.

Macca said:  “We’re looking forward to New Zealand. It’s a long journey of course, but we know that. The two games we’ve got are really good – they’re going to be played in front of big crowds at Eden Park and in Wellington.

“There’ll be lots of West Ham supporters there and hopefully we’ll convert a few more in New Zealand too!”

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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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