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FC Winterthur 3-2 West Ham Utd


Filed: Sunday, 8th July 2018
By: Staff Writer


West Ham's pre-season got off to a disappointing start with defeat against Swiss lower tier side FC Winterthur.

In what was Manuel Pellegrini's first game in charge of West Ham since agreeeing to succeed David Moyes, United featured two entirely different teams for each half.

However there was little joy for either West Ham XI as the two teams combined fell to a narrow 3-2 defeat in Switzerland on the first leg of pre-season.

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Davide Calla opened the scoring on 25 minutes when a cross from the left was neatly converted by midfielder Davide Calla, beating Adrian at his near post. It was the second time the Spanish 'keeper had been beaten, but the post saved his blushes earlier in the half.

West Ham were on level terms again just eight minutes later when Andy Carroll scored from no more than three yards out to make it one apiece.

However the hosts were to end the half with a narrow advantage after Manuel Sutter scored for Winterthur, before Carroll missed a chance to equalise for a second time when his 43rd-minute spot kick was saved by former Hammer Raphael Spiegel.



Indeed it could have been even worse for the Hammers who could perhaps be thankful that VAR was not in use when a Winterthur effort appeared to bounce over the line before being cleared to safety.

Following a complete overhaul of the line-up, a fresh team including new signings Issa Diop and Ryan Fredericks appeared for the second half.

Unfortunately it was to make little difference to West Ham who found themselves 3-1 down after 73 minutes when a dreadful back pass from Angelo Ogbonna, partnering new signing Diop in defence, allowed an opponent to slip in and beat Academy 'keeper Nathan Trott.




The Hammers were given a glimmer of hope six minutes from time when Jordan Hugill hit the ground rather theatrically before being awarded a spot kick, from which regular taker Mark Noble scored with consumate ease.

Still it was a case of too little, too late for Pellegrini's charges who begin pre-season with a defeat. Next up for the Hammers is a trip to Adams Park, to face Wycombe Wanderers next Saturday afternoon.


West Ham Utd: Adrian (Trott 46), Fredericks (Zabaleta 46), Diop (Oxford 46), Ogbonna (Rice 46), Byram (Fredericks 46), Noble (Haksabanovic 46), Cullen (Obiang 46), Snodgrass Holland 46), Browne Fernandes 46), Sameulsen (Coventry 46), Hugill (Carroll 46).

Goals: Carroll (33), Noble (84 pen).





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