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2013-07-24T06:00:00 Updated 2015-02-19T00:18:27

Macca delighted with improvement

West Ham United assistant manager Neil McDonald was thrilled with the way his side bounced back from defeat to Mainz by beating Hamburger SV 3-1 in the second game of their German tour on Tuesday.

The Hammers produced a super display of counter-attacking football to get the better of Hamburg, who finished seventh in the Bundesliga last term.

It was a far improved display from the Londoners and McDonald was pleased with the outcome.

"It was an excellent response," he explained. "I said after the game on Saturday that it was all about performance, and everybody's performance was a lot better, and that's very pleasing.

"We took our chances very well and played some decent football at times. A lot of players have had some really good field time, which is great and we move on to the next game now."

All three of West Ham's goals - scored by Alou Diarra, James Tomkins and Ravel Morrison - were supplied by Matt Jarvis and McDonald had special praise for the winger.

"Matt Jarvis was in excellent form," he continued. "He got at his man, he crossed the ball, he took his man on and he drove into the box. That's what we've been trying to get him to do since he came to the football club.

"Hopefully the penny's dropped and we'll have a few more performances like that where he's creating goals and setting chances up for everybody."

McDonald explained that the improvement in performance came in all areas, exactly what he wants to see in pre-season.

He added: "In possession we moved the ball on more quickly and a lot brighter. People were available more and then when we didn't have the ball we worked on our shape to pinch it back. We did that much better.

"We're working on field time for the lads, getting their time up where we can and a lot of them are almost ready for 90 minutes now. Along with the training and the last game we have in Germany, that will do them the world of good.

"They'll be at a level where we want them to be knowing that there are still two or three weeks until the start of the season.

"We'll want exactly the same when we play Eintracht Braunschweig [on Saturday], another good performance with good tempo when we have the ball.

"We'll want a good shape when we're out of possession, making us hard to break down and that gives you a chance to play some good football and a chance not to concede. That's what we've been working on in training as well as in matches."

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