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Pearce back in Swindon victory

Filed: Friday, 4th August 2000
By: Matthew O'Greel

Stuart Pearce, who suffered two broken legs last season made an impressive comeback in tonight's pre-season friendly victory over Swindon at The County Ground.

The Hammers enjoyed a 1-0 victory thanks to a second half Paolo Di Canio strike - but the real success on the night was Pearce, who came through the game unscathed.

Despite the two previously broken limbs there was no sign of Pearce pulling up on any challenges; it was the usual determined and committed performance from the man dubbed 'Psycho' by the fans.

The scoreline failed to tell the true story as the Hammers dominated large parts of the game, and on reflection should have won by a far greater margin - Swindon had keeper Bart Griemink to thanks for keeping the score respectable with a string of fine saves.

Former Hammers trialist Danny Invincible was the best Swindon player on the pitch by a country mile - on tonight's evidence it's not hard to understand why the Robins jumped at the chance of signing him on a free.

Tonight's victory made it four out of four for Harry Redknapp's men on their tour of the South West. The Hammers next match is somewhat closer to home - against Barnet on Monday night.

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