West Ham kicked-off their pre-season campaign with an entertaining 3-2 victory over Austrian outfit Altach.
Goals from Carlos Sanchez, Michail Antonio and Issa Diop were enough to secure the win as the Irons dusted off the cobwebs.
Boss Manuel Pellegrini named a reasonably strong XI for their first game following a two-week training camp in Switzerland with Felipe Anderson and Manuel Lanzini also starting.
And West Ham’s quality told after just six minutes as Sanchez – who missed almost all of last season with a knee injury – opened the scoring as he headed home a Robert Snodgrass corner.
On his overall showing, however, the Colombian international will have some way to go before he is ready for Premier League football as he gave the ball away on a number of occasions.Embed from Getty Images
The lead was doubled after 29 minutes as Antonio latched onto Mark Noble’s through ball before rounding the keeper to slot home.
Altach pulled one back when Manfred Fischer slotted past debutant Roberto five minutes later, and the Austrians were level two minutes after the break when Gebauer drove home.
However, West Ham were not to be denied as Diop stooped to head home Jack Wilshere’s cross.
The Irons will now return to London before heading out to China for the Premier League Asia Cup this weekend.