Leyton Orient 0-0 West Ham United
West Ham United and Leyton Orient battled their way to a 0-0 draw in a pre-season friendly at the Breyer Group Stadium on Tuesday night.
On a night of few chances, the senior players on show – including the likes of Aaron Cresswell, Mark Noble, Michail Antonio, Angelo Ogbonna and Darren Randolph – got a valuable 90 minutes in their legs.
Xande Silva and Michail Antonio both came close to breaking the east London deadlock in the closing stages, only to be denied by home goalkeeper Sam Sargeant on both occasions, as the teams had to settle for a share of the spoils.
With the Hammers involved in two friendlies on the night – a team was also in action at Northampton Town – David Moyes had a blend of youth and experience at his disposal in east London.
It was one of his older heads, Antonio, who set up an early chance for Armstrong Oko-Flex. The Hammers No30 had too much strength for O’s defender Dan Happe as he received the ball into feet, took a touch and released his teammate.
The shot was on for Oko-Flex, but he didn’t get enough behind it and Orient keeper Lawrence Vigouroux plunged down to his right to make a comfortable save.
Orient buzzed around with purpose with former Hammer Dan Kemp looking lively in attack, but clear chances were hard to come by before the break for either side.
The closest we came to a goal was at the wrong end as far as the Hammers were concerned, as Paul Smyth’s cross from the right hand side flashed across goal and needed Harrison Ashby's headed clearance from under the crossbar.
The second half began in much the same vein, although Xande Silva was only a whisker away from opening the goalscoring as the clock ticked onto the 70th minute.
Noble set the move in motion with a lovely flick around the corner to release Ben Johnson. His cross was instant and wicked, picking out the Portuguese forward, whose touch looked certain to make the net bulge, only for sub keeper Sargeant to get down and save.
Shortly afterwards, Aaron Drinan wasn’t far away himself for the hosts, spotting a chance to shoot from 25 yards and aiming for the top right hand corner. Randolph was concerned, but there was too much height on the effort.
Another really smart save from Sargeant eight minutes from the end kept the scoresheet blank, as he got down to deny Antonio’s header from close range, following an excellent left-wing cross by Cresswell.