Hendon happy with run-out

First team coach Ian Hendon believes West Ham United squad members were given valuable game time during Tuesday's behind-closed-doors friendly against Southend United.

A trio of new signings made appearances at Chadwell Heath, while there were run-outs too for Ricardo Vaz Te and Winston Reid to aid them on their comeback trails.

Italian duo Antonio Nocerino and Marco Boriello both played 77 minutes, while Abdul Razak lasted the full 90, pleasing Hendon and his fellow coaches.

Hendon told West Ham TV: "It was a very worthwhile game. The two Italian lads who've come in have been a bit short on games and minutes so it was nice to get them a good bit of time on the pitch and get them used to the other lads.

"The Italians are technically very good and I think we saw that a little bit in today's game. Abdul Razak played, albeit out of position at right-back, but he fitted in well and looked very comfortable.

"It was a good run-out and the manager was there to cast his eye over them for the weeks ahead."

Alou Diarra

Alou Diarra climbs high at the Hammers' Chadwell Heath Training Ground

The first team coach is also happy with how the new recruits are settling into life at the Club and expects they will likely need more games to adjust to life in English football.

"It's always going to be difficult in the first few games or so. It was a bit of a mixture out there and later in the game we had a few of the younger ones come on so it was a bit of an adjustment for everybody.

"We've seen already that Antonio has come on in two games and not looked out of place, so they'll be fine."

Marco Borriello

New recruit Marco Borriello enjoys his first run-out in claret and blue

The game was also notable for the appearance of last year's Hammer of the Year Reid, who followed up his eleven-minute cameo against Swansea City in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday with another 70 minutes here.

Hendon was pleased to see the centre-back make it through the match unscathed and believes it is now just a matter of building up his match fitness.

"Reidy was fine," he said. "Like I said before, it's just about getting minutes on the pitch for Reidy. We'll get his fitness up, his match-fitness up and he came through the game with no problems. We gave him 70 minutes and he was fine, so he'll be back in training tomorrow."

As for the result, West Ham were defeated 1-0 through Jack Payne's first-half goal. The Hammers went closest through Borriello, who hit the base of the post with a free-kick and saw another shot deflected narrowly over. The Italy striker was also denied a penalty despite appearing to be tripped inside the box in the second half, while Ravel Morrison curled a free-kick inches wide of the post.