Tyson on show, but Hammers pack a punch
By Chris Morley
Thursday 15 Jul 2010 12:35:00
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West Ham recorded a win over Peterborough United last night as their pre-season campaign got under way at London Road.

Thomas Hitzlsperger was given a debut after his free transfer move from Lazio, and appearances by Kieron Dyer, Herita Ilunga, Benni McCarthy and James Tomkins after injuries indicated a clean slate under new boss Avram Grant.

It took just 13 minutes for the Hammers to find the net, Hitzlsperger shaping to shoot before sliding the ball to Carlton Cole who lobbed Joe Lewis in the Posh goal to cap an action packed start to proceedings.

There was more of this before half time as the ball pinged from end to end, both sides ensuring the goalkeepers were not mere spectators, and both Lewis and Peter Kurucz pulled off great saves before the whistle blew for half time with the score at 1-0.

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Then came half time entertainment with a difference- Mike Tyson was presented to the crowd, ' Iron Mike' parading about in a no doubt new Peterborough shirt as he addressed a captive audience.

After all the pomp and circumstance and a number of changes by both sides, the game was underway once again and within five minutes the hosts had equalised, Dave Hibbert smashing the ball home from a free kick after Jordan Spence had conceded a foul, George Boyd the taker.

Following an initial struggle the second half Hammers began to find their rhythmn, and on 65 minutes it hit its crescendo when Anthony Edgar slammed the ball home, delivering a sucker punch Tyson would have been proud of from 30 yards out, followed by a flurry of further substitutions as more Hammers youngsters got a run out as they started to dictate the game. 

The second goal acted as a handy buffer though the Posh would not give in, fashioning a number of chances and seeing a penalty appeal not given by referee Kevin Wright on the hour mark, but the visitors stole the victory in what was a good run out for both sides.

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