Sunday 13 July 2014
West Ham United shared a draw with Stevenage, while West Bromwich Albion overcame Bury as the first of the summer's pre-season friendlies took place on Saturday.
Goals in the last seven minutes by Matt Jarvis and Stewart Downing salvaged a draw for West Ham as they began their preparations for the 2014/15 campaign with a pre-season friendly against League Two side Stevenage.
Manager Sam Allardyce gave first-team debuts to Senegal international Cheikhou Kouyate, full-back Aaron Cresswell and teenage midfielder Diego Poyet, but the visitors found themselves a goal behind with just over half an hour played when Tom Pett pounced on a mistake by Adrian to score into an empty net.
The Hammers went two goals down with 15 minutes to go when trialist Connor Calcutt scored for Graham Westley's side, but they reduced the arrears on 84 minutes when Jarvis headed in Guy Demel's pinpoint cross. The West Ham winger then turned provider in stoppage time when he picked out Downing to head in from close-range.
West Ham first-half XI: Adrian; O'Brien, Cresswell, Reid, Chambers; Noble, Poyet, Vaz Te, Nolan, Morrison; McCallum
West Ham second-half XI: Jaaskelainen; Demel, Collins, Tomkins, Potts; Kouyate, Whitehead, Downing, Diame, Jarvis; E.Lee
Subs: Howes, Burke, Cullen, Fanimo, Gordon
Second-half strikes by Graham Dorrans and Saido Berahino earned West Brom a routine win behind closed doors at the club's Great Barr training ground
After a goalless first period manager Alan Irvine, who gave summer signings Craig Gardner, Joleon Lescott and Chris Baird their non-competitive debuts, made 10 changes to the side and was rewarded by a fine strike from Scotland international Dorrans, who drove through the midfield before rifling a 20-yard shot into the top corner with his right foot.
Last season's top scorer, and Academy graduate Berahino added a second 13 minutes from time when he raced onto a through ball, eluded a defender and scored from just inside the penalty area.
West Brom first-half XI: Myhill, Atkinson, Dawson, Olsson, Garmston, Yacob, Gardner, O’Neil, Sessegnon, Anichebe, A Nabi.
West Brom second-half XI: L Daniels, Baird, D Daniels, Lescott, Garmston (Smart 70), Thorne, Mulumbu, Dorrans, O'Sullivan, Berahino, Roofe.