West Ham United contested their second behind closed doors friendly of the international break when they took on Millwall at the Boleyn Ground on Friday.

The Hammers drew 2-2 against an experienced Millwall outfit, with the home side's goals coming from Carlton Cole and a trialist.

George McCartney and Alou Diarra got vital match minutes under their belts as they step up their comebacks from injury, while there were also run outs for the likes of Matt Jarvis and Joe Cole.

"It was a very useful workout," first team coach Ian Hendon said.. "It was the second game in a week for some of the players who have been on the fringes of the side, and a couple who are coming back from injury.

"Millwall brought a very strong side over and that was what it was about - a workout for the players, and it ended in a creditable 2-2 draw.

"The manager here is very keen to get these games on, to keep the players playing and it also gets the ones coming back from injury into the swing of things.

"You can train five or six days on the bounce, but you don't get the same stimulus in training as you do in a match situation, so it is important that we keep that going and it was a good game on Friday."

The Hammers side also included a youtful element and Hendon was pleased with how they coped with Millwall's threat.

He added: "It was a good test for our young players. We had a back four with Pottsy, Leo Chambers and Pelly Ruddock amongst it, and they were playing against Steve Morison, who is a Welsh international and Andy Keogh, who has a lot of experience.

"The boys did alright - they are always being watched by the manager, myself and Macca to see who is progressing, and who is ready or nearly ready to be in and around the first team."