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West Ham United recorded warm-up victories on the road as David Moyes sent teams to Championship new boys Wycombe Wanderers and League One outfit, Ipswich Town, on Tuesday afternoon.
Wycombe Wanderers 1-5 West Ham United
A powerful first-half performance ensured a West Ham XI, overseen by Stuart Pearce and Alan Irvine, would leave Adam Park with a comfortable triumph over a Wycombe side containing several trialists ahead of their first season at Championship level.
Arthur Masuaku sent the ball rolling with a dipping strike which simply fizzed past Chairboys stopper, David Stockdale, via the underside of the woodwork.
Wycombe contrived to their own downfall when Stockdale somehow allowed a seemingly harmless backpass from Darius Charles to squirm under his foot – the keeper looking ball in anguish as the ball trickled agonisingly over the line for the Hammers second on the afternoon inside the opening half an hour.
To their credit, Wycombe refused to throw in the towel. Alex Samuel was ‘Johnny on the spot’ reducing the arrears from close range after David Martin had pushed Alex Pattison’s initial effort onto the face of the bar.
But West Ham were playing with a little panache. Bowen hit the post following another error from Stockdale, then Manuel Lanzini extended the Premier League sides advantage with a low angled strike into the corner of the net.
And just before the interval, it was 4-1. The busy Bowen followed up to score after Michail Antonio’s attempt had been blocked by Stockdale. The goal was just deserts after a flowing move involving Josh Cullen, Mark Noble, Lanzini and Pablo Fornals.
Wycombe offered a little more after the interval, with powerful new signing from Heart of Midlothian, Uche Ikpeazu providing the Hammers backline with something to think about./ However, it was the East Londoners who added to their account just before the hour – Bowen grabbing his second after Masuaku and Lanzini had fashioned an opening.
Wycombe Wanderers (first-half): Stockdale, Grimmer, Trialist-LB, Trialist-CB1, Charles, Thompson, Trialist-CM, Pattison, Kashket, Samuel, Parker.
Wycombe Wanderers (second-half): Allsop, Trialist-CB1 (Trialist-RB 60’), Trialist-LB (Jacobson 60’), Trialist-CB2, Stewart, Trialist-CM (Gape 60’), Thompson (Bloomfield 60’), Kashket (Trialist-RM 60’), Pattison (Freeman 60’), Parker (Onyedinma 60’), Ikpeazu.
West Ham United: Martin (Anang 71’), Johnson, Baptiste, Ogbonna (Akinola 71’), Masuaku, Cullen, Noble (Longelo 71’), Bowen, Lanzini, Fornals, Antonio (Xande Silva 71’) Sub not used: Adarkwa
Ipswich Town 1-4 West Ham United
David Moyes was in charge of the Hammers XI sent to Portman Road and the Scotsman would have been satisfied with his sides 4-1 victory over the Tractor Boys.
Sebastien Haller fired the visitors ahead on the stroke of half-time after Grady Diangana had provided an opportunity. And the same combination led to the French frontman doubling his and West Ham’s advantage on the hour.
Former Hammers starlet, Freddie Sears, halved the deficit following good work from Emyr Huws. However, a powerful header from Tomas Soucek made it 3-1 three minutes later.
Haller snatched his hat-trick when he seized on a poor back pass, completing the scoring and a satisfactory days work for West Ham both in Suffolk and the Chiltern Hills.
Ipswich Town: Holy (Smith 73’), Danacien, Chambers (Ndaba 73’), Nsiala, Ward (Cornell 73’), Dozzell (Judge 59’), Downes (Huws 59’), Bishop (Nolan 59’), Sears (Folami 83’), Drinan, Edwards (El Mizouni 39)
West Ham United: Randolph, Coventry, Balbuena, Alese (Cardoso 55’), Creswell, Soucek (Lewis 74’), Wilshere, Yarmolenko. Felipe Anderson (Odubeko 80’), Diangana (Kemp 74)’ Haller Sub not used: Roberto (GK)