Saturday's game against Pacos de Ferreira did not only give West Ham United fans an opportunity to see their side in action before the start of the campaign, but also gave the Club's new signings a first taste of the Boleyn Ground experience.

Razvan Rat and Adrian were both handed their home debuts and for Romania captain Rat, it was a useful workout before the competitive action starts.

He admitted to feeling some pre-season nerves after arriving from Shakhtar Donetsk following a ten-year spell in Ukraine, but is relishing the chance to shine in the Barclays Premier League.


"It was interesting for me," he explained. "You're nervous because after ten years with one team and you change, everything is changing.

"It's a new team, new tactics, a new championship, everything is different. I want to do well and be on a high level here.

"Thank you to the fans for giving me a good reception! I didn't expect such a warm welcome so I'm happy for that, and I hope to play many more good games here to make the fans happy."

Rat was a half-time introduction on Saturday, as goals from Ravel Morrison and Modibo Maiga helped the Hammers towards a 2-1 victory in their final pre-season match.

The left back feels his team is in good shape ahead of next Saturday's visit of Cardiff City.

He continued: "I came on in the second half of Saturday's game, Pacos de Ferreira was a good opponent, but we had a good start and scored in the first minute.

"We had some chances and were pressing them, so I think it was a good game for us.

"It will be a different game with Cardiff on Saturday. We want to start with three points, that's very important to us.

"I'm looking forward to playing in the Premier League, I see it as the same level at the Champions League, so I'm looking forward to all games being at the same level."

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