Gabbs To Grab His Chance

DANNY Gabbidon was part of a trio of new signings that made their first appearances in the claret and blue against Falkenbergs on the first match of Hammers Swedish tour.

The 25-year-old defender, who signed from Cardiff City last month, played the full 90 minutes at right-back, and even though it isn't his prefered position, Danny was happy with his first outing.

"It was a good game for a pre-season match," he said. "It was pretty tight, the opposition were a decent standard and we played some nice stuff.

"The lads looked hungry and after going a goal down I thought we came back and scored a couple of really good goals.

"It was a good introduction to the team. I was just trying to do as well as I could and hopefully show the gaffer what I can do.

"Even in these pre-season games, when the aim is mainly fitness and match practice, you still want to do well and put in a good performance. "I think we did that and it was a good way to get things started."

Naturally a central defender, Danny certainly did not look out of place on the right and gave a good show of his assurance and versatility.

"I've played there a few times before so it wasn't a totally new experience for me. I'll play in whatever role the gaffer asks me to really and just concentrate on doing the best job I can.

"I've played with James Collins quite a few times and I had him beside me in central defence, so there was a bit of an understanding between us.

"To be honest, considering the defence had three new signings in, the organisation was good and we gelled really well. We weren't caught out, we held the line firmly and it was a solid display overall.

"Their goal was a good peice of skill from the striker, but apart from that and one shot that hit the bar, we didn't really feel that threatened.

"With a game coming so quickly I think the team will change round a fair bit for Saturday, but hopefully I can get in some more good work on the tour, whether it's playing or in training.

"Then we can go back to England with a good level of fitness, keep working hard on the training ground, and make sure that we're ready for the start of the Premiership season."