Filed: Saturday, 7th July 2012
By: Staff Writer
An experimental West Ham XI were well beaten in the opening game of their pre-season in Austria this afternoon.
With Sam Allardyce back in the UK taking care of business, assistant Neil McDonald oversaw a 3-1 defeat against an almost full-strength Wien side at the Franz Horr Stadium in Vienna.
Featuring new signings Stephen Henderson and Momo Diami plus youngsters Seb Lletget and Ravel Morrison, the Hammers took the lead with just four minutes on the clock when Sam Baldock rose highest to nod home a Carlton Cole cross.
However the home side were back on level terms 20 minutes later when Roland Linz beat Henderson from the edge of the box.
Wien grabbed a second goal in the space of just three minutes shortly after to take the lead when midfielder Dare Vrsic slotted home a Tomas Simkovic centre.
And the game was wrapped up 15 minutes from time as the former Czech Republic international Tomas Jun beat sub goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen from distance to give the home side a 3-1 win.
Carlton Cole, who had a hand in West Ham's goal was replaced with just 26 minutes on the clock by Nicky Maynard after pulling up with a knock - however the damage is not though to be serious.
WIEN WILL I SEE YOU AGAIN? Action from today's game
(pic courtesy of fk-austria.at)
Match Facts: Austria Wien 3-1 West Ham Utd
West Ham Utd: Henderson (Jaaskelainen 46), Spence, Tomkins (McCartney 46), Reid (Noble 46), Potts, Taylor (O'Neil 46), Diame (Nolan 46), Morrison, Lletget, Cole (Maynard 26), Baldock (Vaz Te 46).
Subs not used: None.
FK Austria Wien: Lindner; Dilaver, Margreitter (Rogulj 83), Ortlechner (Rotpuller 76), Suttner (Wimmer 83); Gorgon (Murg 68), Vrsic (Mader 59), Holland (Spiridonovic 76), Simkovic; Linz (Kienast 76), Stankovic.
Subs not used: None.
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05:06PM 7th Jul 2012
''Cole actually said he was just getting 30 minutes before the game on his Twitter account, so wouldn't read too much into it!''
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