Good win for Hammers in Goodwin testimonial

Benni McCarthy was on the mark again as West Ham won 3-2 against the Daggers

Daggers 2 West Ham 3

Strikers Benni McCarthy, Freddie Sears and Frederic Piquionne were all on target as West Ham warmed up for Saturday’s trip to Wolves with victory at Dagenham & Redbridge.

West Ham sent a strong team to Lee Goodwin’s testimonial with Scott Parker, Mark Noble, Carlton Cole Danny Gabbidon, Luis Boa Morte and McCarthy all in the starting line-up.

While for many fans there was also the chance to see goalkeeper Ruud Boffin in action for the first time.

The Hammers were in front before Daggers had even touched the ball as Noble found Cole who crossed for a McCarthy tap-in, the third in as many games for the South African.

The action was much closer after that in the first half. Noble and Sears both had efforts saved as they looked for a second goal, while Jordan Spence cleared Stuart Lewis’ shot off the line.

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Daggers equalised just past the hour when Josh Scott lofted the ball away from Sergio Sanchez and James Tomkins to thump a shot past Boffin.

But within five minutes West Ham were back in front thanks to Sears who latched on to Piquionne’s pass.

With six minutes left Ahmed Abdulla crossed for Piquionne to head home and make it 3-1, before Danny Green pulled one back to make the final score 3-2 in front of 2,267 spectators.

West Ham coach Paul Groves was certainly pleased with the workout.

“I am pleased three different stri-kers scored,” he said. “There was a good pace about the game, despite it being a testimonial.

“It was a good exercise, a worthy cause and it went well. Hopefully Lee has had a good night and a good return.”

West Ham: Boffin (Cowler), Spence (Modelski), Tomkins, Gabbidon (Sanchez), Brown, Boa Morte (Lee), Noble (Wearen), Parker (Moncur), Se-ars (Subuola), Cole (Abdulla), McCarthy (Piquonne).

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