The change in style
West Ham are having to adapt their style now thanks to the continued absence of Andy Carroll.
Slaven Bilic experimented with Declan Rice as a defensive midfielder in the first half, with Mark Noble and Josh Cullen in central midfield. Rice played well but the other two couldn’t quite figure it out.
Any change will take time to implement and is clear there is still work to be done on the training ground.
A nostalgic setting
Schneverdingen is not the Premier League but it was a wonderful hark back to the glory days of football.
Groups of lads, standing on the terraces drinking a beer and having a cigarette, watching the football. It’s such a difference from the sterile Premier League we see these days.
And was there any trouble? Not a jot of it.
Lanzini and Hernandez mobbed at half time
The Ostwerald had plenty of high visibility jackets on display but well, they didn’t do much.
There were some worried faces among the Hammers media team with the swarms of people surrounding the duo but it was alright in the end.
Speaking of Lanzini…
There are serious worries among fans over the stays of his knee injury but our Hammers writer Sam Inkersole played a video of him on Twitter.
Lanzini seems to be walking fine alongside Hernandez in the clip and that should ease a few worries among supporters. He won’t play today or against Altona but fingers crossed he will be fine for the start of the season.