Wednesday, 17th July 2019
SC Rheindorf Altach 2-3 West Ham Utd
Filed: Thursday, 11th July 2019
Author: Staff Writer

West Ham's pre-season is off to a winning start after Manuel Pellegrini's side narrowly beat hosts Altach in Austria this afternoon.

There was a chance for the travelling fans to see both new goalkeepers - Roberto and David Martin - in action, although Pablo Fornals is not due to join up with the rest of the squad until next week.

And those who made the trip to Austria will no doubt be pleased with the final outcome, even if one or two of Pellegrini's squad looked less than fully fit or up to scratch.

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West Ham took the lead as early as the sixth minute when Robert Snodgrass' corner was nodded home by an unmarked Carlos Sanchez.

Having survived a scare, when Angelo Ogbonna was forced into a hurried goal line clearance, United doubled their advantage on the half hour mark through Michail Antonio.

The stand-in striker appeared to be a country mile offside but play was allowed to continue as Antonio raced beyond the defence to meet a Mark Noble through ball, which he took around Altach's goalkeeper before passing the ball into an empty net.

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The hosts halved the deficit on the stroke of half time when Manfred Fischer converted Emir Karic's centre - and found themselves level just two minutes after the restart, with Christian Gebauer making the most of a Pedro Obiang mistake.

Despite that double setback the Hammers won the game through an unlikely source; Issa Diop, still in the opposing penalty area following a set piece headed home Jack Wilshere's pinpoint cross from a kneeling position to kick off West Ham's pre-season with a victory.

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