West Ham played out a very unspectacular 0-0 draw with Sturm Graz II in their first pre-season game ahead of the new season in Austria on Monday evening.
West Ham had enough chances to win the game but it was a training exercise more than anything else as Slaven Bilic played two different elevens in each half.
Some of the Hammers youngsters had the chance to make an impression while the likes of Angelo Ogbonna and Pedro Obiang continued their comebacks from injury.
Here’s five things we learned from what was a not very serious night at the Thermenstadion.
The first half 11 weren’t that good
It was arguably a stronger eleven but the first half side didn’t really get going at all.
Yes, it was the first half of the entire pre-season so rust was always going to be an issue, but the players just didn’t seem to be at the races.
Andre Ayew wasted three presentable chances before the first half whistle, the only players emerging with some credit were Pedro Obiang, Reece Burke, Pablo Zabaleta and Nathan Holland.
Ashely Fletcher barely got a touch but there was a real lack of tempo. Robert Snodgrass struggled, which we’ll come on to later.
The second half 11 were better
With Manuel Lanzini on the pitch, the Hammers looked a much better unit but there wasn’t much going in the forward line for the away side (if you can call them that).
The Academy lads after half time looked the part though, with impressive performances from Declan Rice and Josh Cullen. Toni Martinez didn’t really get much of a sniff thanks to a greedy Sofiane Feghouli more often than not but Moses Makasi struggled.
Let’s not read too much into this
It was a training game, at what looked like a training ground and the Hammers played two different tams each half, it’s not going to define the start of the Premier League campaign.
It was merely an exercise for Slaven Bilic to get his players some match minutes after a gruelling week of training in the Austrian hills and for the players to get back out into match play.
Will Bilic have learned anything from the game? Probably not, but there will be sterner tests to come.
Left back slot is still up for debate
Arthur Masuaku did well in the first half but Aaron Cresswell was no worse than him in the second.
Masuaku offers a superb attacking threat down the flank and it appears Cresswell has learned that too as he was upfield a lot in the second period. Admittedly he wasn’t exactly being attacked down his side.
The left back position is still up for grabs and the two players will be slugging it out until August 13 fr the trip to Manchester United.
Snodgrass struggles in his 45
He was bound to be rusty, they all were, but that was eerily reminiscent of a fully fit Snodgrass last season.
He had three decent chances to cross a ball into the box and missed the first man with all of them and his set piece delivery from corners wasn’t up to much either.
You imagine he’ll improve – he needs to – throughout pre-season but this wasn’t the best start and he might not want to check his Twitter tonight.