Hammers Defeated

West Ham suffered their first defeat of the close season at Notts. County on Friday night.
After just three minutes, the home side took the lead when Kevin Nicholson picked up a crossfield ball that sailed over Sebastien Schemmel's head, to supply Danny Allsopp with a low cross.
Although David James parried his vicious shot from eight yards, Allsopp followed up to rifle home the first goal West Ham's first team had conceded in the summer campaign.
Just 90 seconds later, Trevor Sinclair went off as a precautionary measure, to be replaced by Adam Newton.
The enthusiastic response from the home fans to his arrival was in recognition of his efforts for the Magpies last season, for whom he played on loan.
But their enthusiasm was dampened 10 minutes later when he latched on to a Paul Kitson pass and sidefooted home at the near post to make it 1-1.
By then, Paul Kitson had half volleyed just wide and Sebastien Schemmel had shot well over but, although Michael Carrick tested Steve Mildenhall with a clever flick from a Schemmel cross, it was the home side making most of the running.
Despite having to make two substitutions, they continued to take the game to West Ham, and regained the lead on 32 minutes when Marcel Cas dispossessed Laurent Courtois on the half way line, ran into the box, and forced a save from David James.
Unfortunately, he could only parry the Dutchman's effort, and Mark Stallard reacted first to head home.
Paul Kitson missed out on the chance to equalize when put through by Michael Carrick; his toe poke was saved by Steve Mildenhall.
Trialist Aliou Cisse then blazed over before Michael Carrick shot just wide on the stroke of half time.
Glenn Roeder replaced Nigel Winterburn with Scott Minto and Michael Carrick with John Moncur for the second half.
Paolo Di Canio came close with an acutely angled shot following a short corner, and John Moncur shot just over from 25 yards as the Hammers pressed to restore parity.
Danny Allsopp had the journalists looking quizically at each other on 61 minutes when he came back on.
The only conclusion to be drawn was that it could only be done by prior agreement of both clubs, and later on Mark Stallard, whom he replaced, returned to the action as well for Mark Warren.
Svetoslav Todorov replaced Paul Kitson and nearly set up Sebastien Schemmel for his first goal in a West Ham shirt.
His low cross was met by the full back, whose first time effort was brilliantly smothered at close range.
Aliou Cisse was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet when his first time edge of the box effort appeared to be way over the line after striking the bar.
Glenn Roeder will now decide whether to make a bid for the PSG midfielder.
Jermain Defoe and Richard Garcia entered the fray on 84 minutes but could do nothing to prevent defeat.
Joe Cole was again absent with a foot injury sustained in the first game of preseason.
amongst the 4,000 or so crowd were members of the Australian cricket team, whose presence, when announced, was met with a mixed reception and a chorus of "England" chants.
TEAM:James, Schemmel, Winterburn [Minto], Cisse, Song, Foxe, Sinclair [Newton {Soma}], Carrick [Moncur], Kitson [Todorov] Di Canio [Defoe], Courtois [Garcia].
SUBS UNUSED: Forrest, Potts.