Filed: Tuesday, 30th August 2011
By: Staff Writer
Ian Hendon's development squad recorded a comfortable victory against Brentford in today's lunchtime friendly at Little Heath.
United won the game through goals from Robert Hall (2) and Freddie Sears although the result was academic in a game that was more about fitness than winning.
Hendon's side included a number of first team fringe players plus Senegalese international Papa Bouba Diop (pictured), who is awaiting the result of a work permit application before completing a free transfer.
Diop played for 65 minutes before being substituted; other first team squad members to get run outs were Jordan Brown, Abdoulaye Faye, Frank Nouble and the aforementioned Sears.
Robert Hall opened the scoring for West Ham after 31 minutes when his curling shot from the right-hand side of the penalty box found the far corner of Brentford's 16-year-old goalkeeper Jack Middleton.
However the visitors, playing in yellow and black stripes were back on level terms just over a minute later when Jean-Phillippe Yam Fam beat Sam Cowler from just inside the penalty box.
West Ham's slender advantage was restored just four minutes into the second period when Freddie Sears was played in by the excellent George Moncur, being watched from the sidelines by father and former Hammer John.
Sears picked up on Moncur's excellent through ball before guiding his shot into the corner of Brentford's net. It was the sort of position that Sears has rarerly found himself in for the first team since being forced to play out wide by both Avram Grant and, subsequently, Sam Allardyce.
A flurry of substitutions - including Faye, Diop and Nouble - immediately preceeded the game's final goal on 68 minutes, which again came from the busy Robert Hall.
Having received treatment after being unfairly felled on the edge of the box, the 18-year-old striker rose to dispatch a superb curling free-kick in the top left hand corner of Middleton's net, completing West Ham's win.
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West Ham Utd XI 3 Brentford XI 1: match facts
West Ham Utd XI: Cowler, Driver, Brown (Potts 65), Faye (McNaughton 65), Wearen, Moncur, Abdulla, Diop (Scott 65), Hall (Brown 75), Nouble (Turgott 65), Sears (E.Lee 65)
Sub not used: Wootton.
Goals: Hall (31, 68), Sears (49).
Brentford: Middleton, Griffiths, Kamau (Adams 79), Ekim, Pierre (Ward 85), Mawson, Adams (Beal 46), Rogic (Lyska 46), Oyeleke, Yamfam (Rodney 85), Lindsey (Bellamy 46)
Sub not used: Warren.
Sub not used: Wootton.
Goals: Yam Fam (33).
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