Zola praises the youngsters
WEST HAM boss Gianfranco Zola declared himself satisfied with his team s performance at Grays Athletic on Sunday. I am happy with the way we played, and it was also a good opportunity to see some young players - everybody did really well, he said. Zavon
WEST HAM boss Gianfranco Zola declared himself satisfied with his team's performance at Grays Athletic on Sunday.
"I am happy with the way we played, and it was also a good opportunity to see some young players - everybody did really well," he said.
Zavon Hines combined with Anthony Edgar for the opening goal, and Zola had praise for them, as well as singling out two other youngsters.
"Those two have been sharp all week, and today they performed really well," confirmed the boss.
"Also Cristian Montano in the second half was very good, and I liked Robert Hall when he came on. He is only 15, but he looked very sharp.
"The whole team looked okay. Considering we have been working hard all week, I am very pleased with them."
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Scott Parker was not fit enough to play a part, but will travel to Austria for the pre-season tour this week, while also conspicuous by their absence were strikers Dean Ashton and Terry Dixon.
"We are still assessing them and looking at their fitness, and for the moment, we haven't decided if we are taking them on the tour," confessed Zola, suggesting that they probably won't travel.
"They are both working very hard, but it is a case of seeing if they are on the same level as the others in the squad."
Savio also missed out on a run-out at Grays, despite being named as one of the substitutes.
His place on the bench was taken by Hall after the young German felt a strain in his muscles during the warm-up, but he will travel to Austria.
With a week of pre-season training gone, Zola confirmed he was delighted with the way things have progressed so far.
"It has been good," he said. "This is the most important part of the season. We are working very hard and the players are giving everything, so I am pleased with the way things are going at the moment.
"Hopefully we are going to be improving physically and technically in the next few days.
"Austria is very important because in those 10 days, we are going to be bonding the team and working hard on the fitness."
West Ham will take on local side Flavia Solva today (Wednesday) before the big clash with German side Werder Bremen on Saturday in Bad Waltersdorf.
They also play Turkish side Bursaspor in Bad Radkersburg on Wednesday, July 22, with the option to take on Slovenian side ND Mura 05 across the border the following day.