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Scamacca off the mark as Hammers win

Gianluca Scamacca scored his first goal for West Ham as the club beat Viborg FF 3-1 in the first leg of their Europa Conference League play-off.

The Italy international scored a powerful header after Maxwel Cornet whipped a perfect cross into the box to give the Irons the lead after 23 minutes.

It was Scamacca’s first start for the club, having been a substitute in the Premier League defeats to Manchester City and Nottingham Forest.

Jarrod Bowen scored a superb goal to give the Hammers a 2-0 lead against the Danish club, sending a low, powerful effort into the bottom corner.

And Mikey Antonio scored a third after combining beautifully with Said Benrahma to give the Irons a comfortable lead ahead of next week’s second leg.

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The only black mark came when Jakub Bonde capitalised on some truly dreadful Hammers defending to score a header and make it 2-1, prior to Antonio’s clincher.

The second leg is next week, after this weekend’s Premier League clash with Brighton.

The Hammers can feel confident of progressing to the group stages.

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A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.

5 comments on “Scamacca off the mark as Hammers win

  1. 50/50 possession, less shots, less passes. OK we got the result but let’s not sugar coat it, that was a poor performance.

  2. Good to see Scamacca Score but we need more energy , hard work and crisper passing in PL . COYI ⚒

  3. But, col, was it an improvement on the two Prem games? And was it good to see two of our new signings combine and start to do their stuff. And was it amazing to see Oggy makIng a comeback? And don’t you think we have been – and still are – well short of our ‘best’ team? The defence has been in a mess still is, wirh injuries and suspensions, up front was simply short of bodies, and in between, well I don’t know what to say.

  4. Old king
    Totally agree. Outplayed by a League 2 team.
    This was Ogbonna’s testimonial.
    Terrible tactics by Moyes again.
    Go forward then back across the defence to slow the game down so not to risk Ogbonna’s fitness.
    Why can’t this negative manager go for it and claim a big lead then Ogbonna can play onbtge return when we are through.
    I can see Viborg getting an early goal and then panic mode by Moyes.

  5. Agree with all your comments guys but this was a chance to lay down a marker, performance wise certainly better than against Man City although at times it looked like a replay of that game!
    Loads of side to side, young Ashby had so much of the ball but no end result, not a criticism just my observation. Against this type of opposition, no disrespect intended, why do we sit back and let them run rings around us, so frustrating, all part and parcel of being an irons supporter.

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