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Dagenham & Redbridge 0 West Ham Utd 1


Filed: Tuesday, 26th July 2011
By: Staff Writer


Carlton Cole's first goal of pre-season was enough to earn the Hammers a narrow victory against neighbours Dagenham & Redbridge at Victoria Road tonight.

The striker, who rejected a 6million move to Stoke last week latched on to Jordan Brown's cross from the left before firing the ball beyond Daggers 'keeper Lewington ten minutes ahead of the half time whistle.

West Ham's second victory in three games - which followed the win in Denmark against Copenhagen last week - was also the fourth consecutive clean sheet of pre-season; an encouraging sign following the defensive problems of last season.

Although Dagenham had their chances in the match, Rob Green - playing his second full 90 minutes of pre-season - was on hand to avert any danger, most notably so when he tipped Woodall's fierce drive wide of his far post with just seven minutes remaining.

A mostly experimental Hammers XI in the second half - Sam Allardye's side finished the game with nine players from the club's Academy - failed to fashion as many chances as the starting team, which included the likes of Mark Noble, Jack Collison and new signing Matt Taylor, making his debut in claret and blue.

Also on show were triallists Joey O'Brien, who has been with the club for a month now and SPaniard Alex Lopez.

West Ham's final pre-season fixture takes place this coming weekend when Spanish side Real Zaragoza visit the Boleyn Ground.

Dagenham & Redbridge 0 West Ham United 1: match facts

West Ham United: Green, O'Brien (Sanchez 46), Spence (Abdulla 79), Reid (McNaughton 70), Brown (Driver 70), Sears (Montano 62), Collison (Lee 46), Noble (Moncur 46), Taylor (Lletget 62), Cole (Lopez 55, Hall 74), Nouble (Hines 46).

Subs not used: Cowler.

Goals: Cole (35).

Dagenham & Redbridge: Lewington (Shea 46), Doe (Arber 46), Williams (Reed 79), Scott (Woodall 61), Tomlin (Green 61), Elito, Swaibi, Howell, Ogogo, Bingham (McCrory 17), Ilesanmi.

Subs not used: Gayle, Walsh, Osborn.

Referee: Andy Woolmer.

Attendance: 4,016.





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