Filed: Saturday, 14th July 2012
By: Staff Writer
Sam Allardyce's side secured their first victory of pre-season with a comfortable win against League Two Southend at Roots Hall this afternoon.
Goals from Nicky Maynard, Jordan Spence and Sam Baldock gave the visitors an away day win against Paul Sturrock's experimental squad on a miserable day in Essex.
Having failed to win either of their opening two fixtures of pre-season - after losing 3-1 against Austria Wien and drawing 1-1 at Boreham Wood in midweek - the win was a welcome one.
It was also thoroughly enjoyed by the travelling Hammers fans who filled the away end plus had many more supporters in the home stands. Of the official capacity of 7,135, at least half were supporting Allaryce's side.
Having scored the opening goal after 22 minutes when Nicky Maynard nodded home a Matt Taylor corner, the Hammers never looked like losing their lead.
Jordan Spence, who endured such a frustrating season last year on loan at Bristol City made it 2-0 with a virtuoso effort 12 minutes later.
And Sam Baldock completed a comfortable win for the visitors on 64 minutes when he pounced on a save by Shrimpers 'keeper Phil Smith to continue his record of having scored in every game of pre-season.
West Ham Utd: Jussi Jaaskelainen, Jordan Spence, Winston Reid, George McCartney, Dan Potts, Mark Noble, Kevin Nolan, Matt Taylor, Robert Hall, Ricardo Vaz Te, Nicky Maynard
Subs: Gines Guzman, Guy Demel, Gary O'Neil, Ravel Morrison, Sam Baldock, Rob Girdlestone, Nathan Mavilla, Josh Cullen, Amos Nasha, Kieran Bywater, Elliot Lee
Southend Utd: Phil Smith, Sean Clohessy, Anthony Straker, Marc-Anto Gbirsson, Ryan Cresswell, Chris Barker, Kevan Hurst, Kane Ferdinand, Neil Harris, Gavin Tomlin, Tyrone Seally.
Subs: Ryan Leonard, Rhys Taylor, Mark Phillips, Graham Coughlan, Luke Prosser, Yohan Folly, David Martin, Joe Yoffe, Elliot Benyon, Alex Woodyard, Ryan Hall, Freddy Eastwood, Daniel Bentley.
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