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Carlton Cole makes Hammers return

Filed: Thursday, 10th October 2013
By: Staff Writer

Carlton Cole made his long awaited comeback for West Ham in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Chalrton Athletic this afternoon.

A West Ham XI featuring the out of contract striker were beaten 4-2 as Cole - who played alongside Mladen Petric in attack - made his first appearance at the Boleyn Ground since the end of last season.

Petric opened the scoring for West Ham on 24 minutes with a header from a Matt Jarvis cross. However the Addicks were back on level terms just three minutes later through Basile Camerling.

The Champiosnhip side took the lead shortly before the break as Joe Pigott struck from the penalty spot. The 19-year-old forward doubled his team's advantage when he made it 3-1 just five minutes after the restart.

West Ham pulled one back midway through the half when substitute George Moncur converted from close range to give United a fighting chance of getting back on level terms.

However Charlton had other ideas and the win was finally sealed three minute from time when veteran midfielder Mark Gower, who joined Athletic on a free transfer in the summer pounced to secure a good win for his side.

West Ham Utd: Adrian, Demel, Potts, Taylor, Tomkins, Ruddock, J Cole, Downing, Jarvis, C Cole, Petric..

Subs: Moncur.

Goals: Petric (24), Moncur (64).

Charlton Ahtletic: Alnwick, Hughes, Evina, Morrison, Dervite, Pritchard, Cook, Camerling, Wilson, Stewart, Pigott.

Subs: Hamer, Green, Sordell, Harriott, Wood, Osborne, Gower, Cousins, Feely, Munns.

Goals: Camerling (27), Pigott (40 pen, 50), Gower (87).

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