Ian Hendon declared Saturday's win over Pacos de Ferreira as another satisfactory workout for his side after West Ham United scored two first half goals to defeat Portuguese Champions league qualifiers Pacos de Ferreira 2-1.

The Hammers rounded off their pre-season programme with victory at the Boleyn Ground thanks to goals from Ravel Morrison and Modibo Maiga, leaving first team coach Hendon content ahead of the big kick-off a week away.

West Ham host Cardiff City in their opening Barclays Premier League fixture next Saturday and Hendon believes they are in a good place ahead of that meeting with the Bluebirds.

"It was a very good first half performance," he told West Ham TV. "We got an early goal and it's easy to sit back when you score early, but the lads didn't do that. They continued to do what we wanted them to and got another goal just before half time.

"The game died a little bit in the second half, it got disrupted with the amount of substitutes that came on which generally happens in pre-season games.

"Overall, it's a good performance, a good result and it leads us up nicely for the Cardiff game next week.

"Progressively, the teams we've played have got better. They're a Champions League team we played on Saturday. They are tough opposition, they keep the ball and we get a lot of work off it."

Modibo Maiga scores against Pacos de Ferreira
Modibo Maiga scores to make it 2-0 against Pacos de Ferreira

Morrison's goal came just 16 seconds into the contest, and remarkably, Hendon revealed the same thing had happened in training the day before.

He continued: "It was funny actually. We set up training yesterday and we did exactly the same thing - within about 30 seconds the lads who started today had scored!

"It was deja vu to be honest, it settles you down and it was nice to score early. Credit to the lads, they kept going and played well."

Morrison has now scored six goals in pre-season, with Maiga's strike also taking him up to three, and Hendon was pleased for both of them.

"Ravel has done very well in pre-season," he added. "He's come back and looked focused in what he's doing, and in his football. I think his performances have showed that."

"Modibo, too, has performed well and scored a week before the season. He did ever so well when the ball went up to him today, he held it up, won his headers and flick-ons, so it was nice for him to get on the scoresheet."

There were also home debuts for Adrian and Razvan Rat, with Hendon saying it was useful to give them a Boleyn Ground experience before the action starts for real.

"That's why we made the goalkeeping change, to give Adrian a taste of playing at the Boleyn Ground before the start of the season," he confirmed.

"It gets them in the environment to see what it's like in their surroundings and prepare them. It was good that the lads made their home debuts and they look comfortable."

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