Pre-season is regularly considered as a period to develop vital match fitness, experiment with tactics, and refine strategies. In and amongst the preparation, it’s always pleasing to win games, as West Ham can testify.
In our latest pre-season fixture, we defeated Mainz on penalties following a 1-1 draw in normal time. It certainly was a dramatic conclusion to the game, as we triumphed 7-6 in the penalty shoot-out. Toni Martinez impressed during his stint off the bench, as he managed to give us the lead in the second half.
That said, we were unable to retain our lead for long, as Robin Quaison equalised for the German side. With both teams missing their initial penalties, it was the full-back, Gaëtan Bussmann who missed the decisive penalty to secure victory for the Hammers – Adrian even got in on the action with a successful penalty.
It’s fair to say that West Ham supporters were pleased with the triumph, as their reaction on Twitter demonstrates.
Betway cup champions you'll never sing that
— oscar (@lethal_lanzini) July 31, 2018
Finally after three years we won a cup invented for us to win ????♂️
— Christian Logan (@christlog) July 31, 2018
Pellers has been here 5 minutes and already won more than that fraud at totts has won in 4 years…..
— James B (@WestHamJimbo) July 31, 2018
— ⚒ DAVE G ⚒ #IRONS (@D_G_00DYWHUFC) July 31, 2018
Your going to come home legends lads
— ????DiopGotSauce???? (@DiopGot) July 31, 2018
The Betway Cup is finally coming home ????⚒
— Josh⚒ (@JoshVernege) July 31, 2018
So proud ⚒????
— George brignull (@Georgebrignull1) July 31, 2018
More trophies than @ManUtd already, it’s our year
— let people sleep on the train in peace (@Brady__Neal) July 31, 2018
They invent a cup for us to win and we made extremely hard work of it ????
— TheGeeMan (@TheGeeMan007) July 31, 2018
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