West Ham 2 Posh 0 - The game that changed it all
By Harry Amber-Mitchell
Wednesday 30 Jul 2008 10:09:00
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West Ham decided to win a game pre-season last night (OK, I know it hasn't been a complete wash out so far pre-season, but still) in a match that could show the rest of the Premier League last season's mid-tabel finish won't be repeated.

Craig Bellamy, working back to full fitness after enduring a nightmare first season for the Hammers, scored both the goals in a 2-0 win over Peterbrough United, and looked as dangerous as his days at Blackburn.

For his first, Bellamy broke the off-side trap superbly to round the 'keeper after a great ball for Scott Parker, and the relief was there for all to see on his face.


Parker's contribution in particular was something to be excited about for the coming season. If West Ham can keep a lid on the injuries that blighted the side last term, then the future loks good.

Bellamy's excellent work up front, in the absence of Dean Ashton, who played very well against the All-Star MLS side, was again rewarded with a trademark second goal, where he brought the ball down from a long ball from Lucas Neill, and chipped the goalie superbly.

Such movement was a joy to watch, although the match was marred somewhat by Peterbrough hitting the post, and being denied a brilliant goal by the safe gloves of Robert Green.

Neill was having a miserable time as a right back in a left back hole, but still kept the advancing Posh side away.

Damb squib

Kyel Reid got a rare start on the left for the Hammers, but didn't produce a huge amount of note, with Julien Faubert linking up well with new signing Velon Behrami on the right.

Other than that, the second half was a bit of a damp squib, with Joe Widdowson, Marek Stech, Freddie Sears and Jake Collison all coming on to do very little in the final third of the match.

Overall, kudos have to go to Craig Bellamy, and this was as tidy a win as you are likely to see in pre-season, with a couple of fine goals, more chances and a clean sheet good enough for the fans at Upton Park.

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