A West Ham United XI played out an entertaining 2-2 draw with Millwall this afternoon in a friendly at the Boleyn Ground.

Carlton Cole followed up his goal against Gillingham on Tuesday with another here as he pounced on a loose ball in the box to cancel out Andy Keogh's opener.

Richard Chaplow put the Lions back in front with a smart finish after a nice team move but they weren't ahead for long as a trialist turned home Modibo Maiga's centre for the equaliser.

Neil McDonald took charge of a home side which featured a blend of youth and experience against a strong Sky Bet Championship outfit.

A Hammers team which included 16-year-old goalkeeper Sam Howes behind a young back four, had the better of the opening exchanges with Cole going close after his header from a George McCartney cross flew just over the bar with seven minutes gone.

The visitors did however occasionally threaten on the counter-attack and took the lead courtesy of such a move after 14 minutes when Lee Martin got to the byline and swept in a cross for the onrushing Keogh to head past Howes.

Just two minutes later and the trialist came close to levelling the scores but saw his close-range volley saved by former West Ham keeper Stephen Bywater. The Hammers were on top and with half an hour gone they found the equaliser as Cole turned the ball home after it fell at his feet from a Matt Jarvis corner.

With five minutes remaining to half-time Maiga came close to handing the Hammers the lead when he struck a powerful left-foot shot which flicked the outside of the post.

After the interval, the trialist had a golden chance to put the hosts in front when Maiga's low cross found him at the back post but he could only pick out Bywater with his sliding finish.

Jarvis had a shot beaten away as the home team pressed before Chaplow found himself unmarked at the back post but could only unleash a wayward volley from Martin's through ball.

In the 68th minute though the midfielder did find the back of the net as Howes saw his kick charged down allowing Keogh to slide a pass through to Chaplow who applied the finish from close range.

Both sides then made several changes with the home side introducing Taylor Miles and Danny Whitehead for Jarvis and Joe Cole. West Ham had only been behind for eight minutes when the trialist was in the right place to meet Maiga's centre with a cool header.

As the game headed towards a stalemate the Hammers created a couple of late opportunities as they pushed for a winner. First, substitute Matthias Fanimo provided a deep cross which found its way to Maiga but the front man's header was off target.

With just a matter of minutes left another substitute, Blair Turgott, came agonisingly close to winning the match as he raced into the box, latching onto to Maiga's through ball but his low shot just rolled wide of the far post.

West Ham United: Howes, Ruddock, Potts, Chambers, McCartney, J.Cole (Miles), Trialist (Fanimo), C.Cole, Maiga, Jarvis (Whitehead), Diarra (Turgott).
Subs not used: Burke, Knoyle