Big Sam happy to finally get going

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West Ham's pre-season finally began in earnest last night, as the east London club triumphed over FC Copenhagen thanks to a solitary goal from Freddie Sears.

The Hammers had previously lost by narrow margins to both Young Boys and FC Basel during a training camp in Switzerland, while a select XI dispatched Blue Square Bet North side Bishop's Stortford with consummate ease.

It was, therefore, important that a strong West Ham side put on a good showing at the Parken Stadium, if not just for the 1000 loyal fans made the trip to Denmark for the friendly.

And Sam Allardyce's men were able to send the supporters away happy, as Sears' last minute goal snatched victory, while Scott Parker, Robert Green and Kevin Nolan all played their respective parts.

"It was well worth a journey," said Hammers boss Allardyce. "We had only just come back from Switzerland but the quality of this game at this stage was better than any training session we could have put on.

"Freddie scored a very good goal. He was composed, had a look to see what the keeper was doing and then slotted it in the bottom corner and it gave the 1,000 or so travelling fans something to cheer about.

"All in all it was a good work-out."


Sears, meanwhile, echoed the sentiments of his manager in terms of the encounter serving as vital practice prior to the imminent Npower Championship season.

"It is getting to the stage where the games are getting more important," he said. "The winning mentality does help. It was a great result to come to Copenhagen and win."

And the 21-year-old, who has struggled to make a name for himself in front of goal in the past, was delighted to find the net on this occasion.

"It kind of just opened up. I remember getting the ball from Cristian [Montano]," he added.

"That was it and I was through on goal and slotted it past the keeper. It is always nice to score."

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