Ipswich Town 0-0 West Ham United 

Wednesday, 16th July 2014
by Staff Writer

West Ham laboured to a second successive pre-season draw at Portman Road tonight against an industrious Ipswich Town.

The Championship side held the Hammers to a goalless draw on a balmy summer's evening that saw around 2,000 travelling fans make the short trip up the A12 to Suffolk.

One of the few highlights on a fairly low key evening was the debut of Argentinian striker Mauro Zarate, who played the entire second half - although fellow new arrival Cheikhou Kouyate also impressed during his 45 minutes on the field.

Aaron Cresswell, another of Sam Allardyce's summer signings made an immediate return to his former club, from whom he joined West Ham recently. Once again the Hammers featured a completely different team in each half.

Town manager Mick McCarthy felt the match had been beneficial to his team. "It was a good work-out for both teams ?EUR" well all four teams if you like, with us both playing a different 11 in the second-half.

?EURoeWe had some good chances in the first-half. It was a bit more of a stalemate in the second-half but it?EUR(TM)s never easy changing things around at half-time and players starting the game then."

West Ham Utd First half XI: Jaaskelainen, Demel, Collins, Tomkins, Cresswell, Kouyate, Noble, Diame, Jarvis, Cole, Downing.

West Ham Utd Second half XI: Adrian, O'Brien, Chambers, Reid,Page, Cullen, Nolan, Poyet, Vaz Te, Lletget, Zarate.

Ipswich Town first half XI: Gerken, Hewitt, Berra, Clarke, Mings, Stewart, Skuse, Bishop, Henshall, Marriott, Nouble.

Ipswich Town second half XI: Bialkowski, Parr, Chambers, Smith, Wyatt, Anderson, Hyam, Veseli, Tabb, Murphy, Taylor. Subs: McQueen, Lawrence, Crowe.

Attendance: 8,976.

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Player Ratings


Guy Demel

George McCartney

James Collins

James Tomkins

Mark Noble

Mo Diame

Matt Jarvis

Stewart Downing

Kevin Nolan

Andy Carroll


Did not play.

Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Adrian, Guy Demel, George McCartney, James Collins, James Tomkins, Mark Noble, Mo Diame, Matt Jarvis, Stewart Downing, Kevin Nolan, Andy Carroll.

Goals: None                   .

Booked: Winston Reid 81 James Collins 90        .

Sent Off: None sent off.     .

Ipswich Town: .

Subs not used: .

Goals: .

Booked: None booked..

Sent off: None.

Referee: .

Attendance: 8,976.

Man of the Match: .