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Tuesday, 1st August 2017

Altona 93 3
West Ham United 3

by Staff Writer

A strong West Ham XI were nearly embarrassed by minnows Altona 93 on the latest leg of their pre-season programme.

Slaven Bilic's side were forced to come from behind on THREE occasions in order to secure a draw against the plucky Germans, who enjoyed a man advantage for much of the game after Winston Reid was given his marching orders for dissent.

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Altona took an early lead through Nick Brisevac, who took advantage of a poorly-positioned Adrian to curl in a 20-yard free kick after just five minutes. However the Hammers were level within a minute or so thanks to a fine strike from Toni Martinez.

The hosts regained their lead six minutes ahead of the interval when attacking midfielder Dennis Thiessen once again left Adrian slightly embarrassed by beating him from distance with a dipping effort.

And it was get even worse for West Ham ahead of the interval when Winston Reid was dismissed for dissent, having already been booked for the same offence earlier in the half.

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Fortunately it took the Hammers just eight minutes of the second period to restore parity; this time it was Andre Ayew who drilled a fierce effort beyond the Altona 'keeper having put sent clear by a clever through ball from Pedro Obiang.

There was yet more disarray in the West Ham defence five minutes later when they failed to deal with a free kick that was converted from close range by Darius Strode, sending the Germans in front for the third time.

But United were to have the last laugh when Du Preez was credited with turning the ball over his own line, when trying to prevent a Nathan Holland strike from crossing the line.

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West Ham Utd: Adrian, Zabaleta (Byram 57), Reid , Ogbonna (Rice 57), Cresswell (Masuaku 46), Obiang, Fernandes, Arnautovic (Holland 67), Snodgrass (Fonte 46), Ayew (Makasi 70), Martinez (Chicharito 70)

Sub not used: Hart.

Goals: Martinez (6), Ayew (53), OG (72).

Sent off: Reid (42).

Altona 93: Grundmann (Matthai 27, Grubba 46, Du Preez 61), Aniteye (Stode 46), Yilmaz (Kunter 46), Hosseini (Lechler 74), Buzhala (Holz 46), Brisevac (Wachowski 46), Rettstadt (Cayir 46), Hinze (Edeling 46), Novotny (Sachs 46), Schultz (Correia Ca 46), Thiessen (Hadid 46, Schultz 83).

Goals: Brisevac (5), Thiessen (39), Stode (58).

Attendance: 5,000.

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Player Ratings

Joe Hart
A first glimpse at West Ham's new on-loan goalkeeper.

Pablo Zabaleta
Played for an hour before being replaced by Sam Byram.

Arthur Masuaku
Replaced Aaron Cresswell from yesterday's line-up.

Angelo Ogbonna
His first appearance since returning from injury.

Jose Fonte
Played an hour before being replaced.

Pedro Obiang
Captained the side in the absence of Mark Noble.

Josh Cullen
A second start in 24 hours for the highly-rated young midfielder, who is pushing for a place in Slaven Bilic's first team squad.

Edimilson Fernandes
In the starting line-up today having featured from the bench yesterday.

Marko Arnautovic
A debut goal in claret and blue for the former Stoke City man.

Robert Snodgrass
Decent run-out for the Scottish international, who continues to be linked with a move elsewhere during the transfer window.

Andre Ayew
A full 90 minutes minutes under his belt, coupled with an assist.


Sam Byram
(Replaced Zabaleta) One of eight players introoduced on the hour mark, as agreed between both managers.

Reece Burke
(Replaced Fonte) Another half-hour with the first team for the promising young centre half.

James Collins
(Replaced Ogbonna) The veteran defender may have been linked with a move to Everton but he continues to give 100 per cent - even in a pre-season friendly such as this.

Declan Rice
(Replaced Obiang) A shing light in yesterday's 1-0 defeat, he enjoyed a decent cameo here too.

Aaron Cresswell
(Replaced Masuaku) A decent 30-minute run-out for the England full back.

Moses Makasi
(Replaced Cullen) On for young Josh Cullen for the last 30, having enjoyed a full 90-minute run-out yesterday.

Nathan Holland
(Replaced Fernandes) Lively as usual and always seeking out that killer ball.

Match Facts

Referee: tbc.

Attendance: 5,000.

Man of the Match: Marko Arnautovic.

West Ham United

Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta, Arthur Masuaku, Angelo Ogbonna, Jose Fonte, Pedro Obiang, Josh Cullen, Edimilson Fernandes, Marko Arnautovic, Robert Snodgrass, Andre Ayew.

Goals: Marko Arnautovic 26 Toni Martinez 62                .

Booked: n/a           .

Sent Off: None sent off.     .

Altona 93

Grundmann (Matthai 27, Grubba 46, Du Preez 61), Aniteye (Stode 46), Yilmaz (Kunter 46), Hosseini (Lechler 74), Buzhala (Holz 46), Brisevac (Wachowski 46), Rettstadt (Cayir 46), Hinze (Edeling 46), Novotny (Sachs 46), Schultz (Correia Ca 46), Thiessen.

Substitutes:  .

Subs not used: tbc.

Goals: Brisevac 5, Thiessen 39, Stode 58.

Booked: .

Sent Off: .

Staff Writer's Man of the Match: Marko Arnautovic

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