Filed: Wednesday, 25th July 2012
By: Staff Writer
A brace from Ricardo Vaz Te helped West Ham to a win in the opening game of their German tour.
Rot-Weiß Erfurt, who play in the third tier of their domestic league had the better of the first half here in the Steigerwaldstadion but were blown away by Sam Allardyce's side in the second period, during which all three golas were scored.
The goal that started the rout has more than a touch of good fortune about it however as Colin Kazim-Richards' low cross from the right, just two minutes after the restart, was diverted into his own net by substitute Phil Ofosu-Ayeh.
West Ham's second - and Vaz Te's first - saw the Hammers produce their best passage of play during the game. A one-two between the Portuguese forward and teenage striker Robert Hall ended when the former Bolton man fired the ball into the bottom corner of the net with some aplomb.
And it was game over with 12 minutes of normal time remaining when West Ham's play-off Final hero added his second of the night after rounding sub goalkeeper Philipp having beaten Erfurt's offside trap; Nicky Maynard providing the killer pass.
United featured all three triallists with the squad at present with Bilel Mohsni and Dutch defender Michael Lamey joining Kazim-Richards in the starting line-up. All three are expected to feature once again on Friday evening when Allardyce's side face Dynamo Dresden.
West Ham Utd: Henderson, Lamey, O'Brien, Spence, Potts, Mohsni, Moncur, Hall, Turgott, Maynard, Kazim-Richards.
Subs: Jaaskelainen, McCartney, Drvier, Demel, O'Neil, Noble, Taylor, Vaz Te, Baldock.
Goals: Ofosu-Ayeh (og 47), Vaz Te (63, 78).
Rot-Weiß Erfurt: Rickert, Rauw, Jovanovic, Ozturk, Mohwald, Drexler, Schiller, Pfingsten-Reddig, Czichos, Strangl, Gobel.
Subs: Klewin, Oumari, Kind, Ofosu-Ayeh, Odenwald, Engelhardt, Bertram.
by Staff Writer
10:42AM 1st Aug 2012
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