By Gursimran Hans
A first half strike from young striker Johannes Eggestein gave Werder Bremen a 1-0 win in the first leg of the Betway Cup double header in Schveridingen.
The two sides both played weakened times. The Hammers were without Manuel Lanzini who picked up an injury in training and Javier Hernandez, with the game coming too soon for the Mexican.
West Ham controlled the game for large parts but were not able to get a breakthrough.Jerome Gondorf’s through ball was coolly finished home by Eggestien with a first time shot.
Pedro Obiang off the bench put in a dangerous cross for Toni Martinez, but Obiang’s fellow Spaniard was unable to make a connection.
A mistake by James Collins gave Arun Johannson a chance, however, Adrian saved superbly.
Nicolas Schmidt came close too, forcing a smart save from 20 yards out.
The second half was pretty drab, but for the arrival of Marko Arnautovic. The Austrian played a part in a quick counter, but Moses Makasi had his shot blocked.
Nathan Holland continues to be West Ham’s player of pre-season and looks a real exciting talent.
With the second leg on Saturday lunchtime, West Ham need to improve with a bit more bite to lift the Betway Cup, but with a clinical finisher in Hernandez set to come in, there is hope yet, though, the Irons still need to get some more practice in before the season starts.
Werder Bremen – Zetterer, Gondorf, Johansson, Veljkovic, Garcia, Gebre Selaisse, J. Eggestein, Verlaat, Schmidt, Bargfrede, Rieckmann.
Unused Subs – Drobny, Caldirola, Kainz, Zhang, M. Eggestein.
Goalscorer – Johannes Eggestein ’12.
West Ham United – Adrian, Burke (Arnautovic ’60), Collins (Fonte’ 60), Rice, Byram (Zabaleta ’60), Noble (c) (Obiang ’34), Cullen (Fernandes ’60), Makasi, Cresswell (Masuaku ’60), Holland (Snodgrass ’60), Martinez (Ayew ’60).
Unused Subs – Hart, Ogbonna.