Stewart Downing was pleased on a personal and collective level following Saturday's 2-2 draw with Stevenage.
West Ham United kicked off their pre-season schedule in an interesting game that saw them come back from two goals down, with Downing heading a last-minute leveller in front of the travelling Claret and Blue Army. Matt Jarvis had earlier pulled one back with a diving header from a Guy Demel centre, before he turned provider for the tireless Downing to nod in at the far post with just seconds left on the clock.
Earlier, West Ham had conceded two sloppy goals either side of half-time to leave themselves with a mountain to climb, but they showed admirable spirit to snatch a share of the spoils late on.
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"On a personal level, to get through the 45 minutes and get a goal was good," Downing said. "We're obviously disappointed with the goals we conceded but we've still got time to put that right. I think the most important thing was that everyone got through it with no niggles. Everyone is fit and well."
Indeed, with a clean bill of health reported and the debut performances of Aaron Creswell, Diego Poyet and Cheikhou Kouyate all adding encouragement, the afternoon was a useful first outing. Up next for Big Sam's side is a trip to Ipswich Town on Wednesday before they fly to New Zealand for a high-profile tour the following day.
"Stevenage were a couple of weeks ahead of us so it was a hard game. The new lads played quite well but I'm sure they will have found it tough as well," Downing added.
"If we can get a good result on Wednesday, New Zealand will be a really good trip for the Club and the fans. We've got some good games out there so it should be great.
"It's great for the players as well as we've never been out there and I'm sure the jet lag will be fine!"
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