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Friday 6 July Updated Thursday 19 February

West Ham United in Austria - Friday

West Ham United's pre-season training camp in south east Austria may be approaching it's conclusion, but that does not mean the hard work has stopped.

After breakfast, the Hammers were back on the training pitch in Bad Waltersdorf on Friday morning and will finish the day with a session in the gym in the late afternoon.

After the players had loosened up individually in the gym this morning, the group headed on to the grass for a range of drills before joining first-team coach Wally Downes for a competitive crossing and finishing session.

With the staff keeping score, the players went through a succession of drills aimed at improving their crossing, movement in the penalty area, shooting and heading.

With Jussi Jaaskelainen and Stephen Henderson eager to impress and keep their team-mates at bay, the scene was set for a battle in the sunshine.

Stephen Henderson

Like all professional sportsmen, the players were desperate to show what they could do inside the penalty area.

First, a pass-and-move drill saw all the outfield players take turns at crossing and finishing before Downes split them into smaller groups for two further exercises.

Left-footers Matt Taylor, George McCartney and Dan Potts delivered crosses from their usual flank, while Mark Noble, Jordan Spence and James Tomkins swung balls in from the right. Inside the penalty area, the attacking midfielders, forwards and centre-backs took turns to get on the end of the crosses.

After half-an-hour of intense action, Ricardo Vaz Te came out on top with seven goals to his name, edging out Noble, Winston Reid and youngster Sebastian Lletget.

With that, it was time for the players to stretch-off and head for the ice baths before jumping on to their mountain bikes for the ride back up the hill to the team hotel.

*Keep an eye on whufc.com and the Club's official Facebook and twitter feeds for further updates from Austria.

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