Three-pronged attack sees off Kingstonian
Kingstonian 0 West Ham 3 WEST HAM S first team may well be struggling with Gianfranco Zola s 4-3-3 formation, but it seems that the youngsters on the fringe of the senior squad are having no such problems. The Hammers three-pronged attack of new signing F
Kingstonian 0 West Ham 3
WEST HAM'S first team may well be struggling with Gianfranco Zola's 4-3-3 formation, but it seems that the youngsters on the fringe of the senior squad are having no such problems.
The Hammers three-pronged attack of new signing Frank Nouble alongside Anthony Edgar and Colombian Cristian Montano, were too hot for Kingstonian last Friday as they ran out impressive 3-0 winners.
The Ryman Premier League club found themselves under the cosh almost from the beginning, as the experienced Nigel Qua-shie directed a team made up mainly of youngsters.
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Matt Fry opened the scoring midway through the half when he turned in Edgar's quick free kick, but it was a stunning solo effort from Nouble seven minutes later that really had the crowd on their feet.
Kingstonian did hit the post, while goalkeeper Adam Street was forced into a couple of decent saves, but it was West Ham who always looked to have the upper hand.
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Former Hammer Ian Pearce was playing up front for the home side, but he found little joy against Icelandic youngster Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson on the night, as the K's rarely looked like scoring.
Quashie rattled the post, and the scoring was completed when Nouble took advantage of a terrible mix-up in the home defence to sneak in and put the ball into the empty net.
There was time for the manager's son Andrea Zola to make his second appearance in claret and blue as a substitute, while another Italian in Simone Bezzicheri was also given an opportunity to impress.
It was Nouble who took the headlines though. That is three goals in two pre-season friendlies for the 17-year-old former Chelsea youngster, and his strength and speed may well see him knocking on the first team squad door, sooner rather than later.
Edgar and Montano also played their part, while Eyjolfsson and Fry put in eye-catching displays.
West Ham: Street (Plazzi), Brookes (Barrett), Eyjolfsson (Abdulla), Fry (McNaughton), Brown, Grasser (Zola), Lee (Kearns), Quashie, Edgar, Nouble (Bezzicheri), Montano.