Pre season is underway! West Ham come from two goals down to draw against Dundee… with Jamal Baptiste and Jarrod Bowen netting against Scottish Premiership side following week-long training camp in St Andrews
- Former Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam gave Dundee a deserved lead
- West Ham then went two goals down when Paul McCullan scored a fine effort
- Jamal Baptiste halved the deficit after the hour mark with a powerful header
- Jarrod Bowen then won and dispatched a penalty to earn the Hammers a draw
West Ham have kicked off pre-season for Premier League sides by coming from behind to earn a 2-2 draw against Dundee.
The Scottish Premiership side looked set to consign the Hammers to defeat in their opening pre-season game when Charlie Adam scored within a quarter of an hour before Paul McMullan’s second eight minutes into the second half.
But West Ham were level after two second-half goals in six minutes from Jamal Baptiste and Jarrod Bowen, as the east London side capped off a week-long training camp in St Andrews with a stalemate.
Jarrod Bowen scored a penalty as West Ham came from two goals down to draw with Dundee
Former Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam headed Dundee in front from a corner
Dundee: Legzdins (Trialist A 73), Kerr, Ashcroft (Elliott 77), Sweeney (Fontaine 68), Marshall (Trialist B 68), Byrne, Adam (Robertson 73), McGhee (Anderson 73), McCowan (McMullan 52), Mullen (Jakubiak 8), McDaid (McGowan 52)
Goals: Adam 14, McMullan 53
West Ham: Trott (Randolph 46), Fredericks (Baptiste 46), Alves, Ogbonna (Dawson 46), Cresswell (Alese 46), Noble (Ekwah 46), Coventry (Diop 71), Bowen (Xande Silva 71), Lanzini (Johnson 46), Holland, Antonio (Odubeko 46)
Subs not used: Hegyi, Felipe Anderson
Goals: Baptiste 61, Bowen pen 67
David Moyes had a mix of youth and experience at the Kilmac Stadium, with the likes of Declan Rice, Tomas Soucek and Andriy Yarmolenko unavailable as they still are or have just finished competing for their countries at Euro 2020.
But Dundee – just four days away from the start of their Scottish League Cup campaign – started the brighter and took the lead when former Liverpool midfielder Adam rose and headed Declan McDaid’s corner past Nathan Trott.
Michail Antonio went close to an equaliser just before the half-hour mark, thudding a shot into the chest of Adam Legzdins after good work from Nathan Holland.
Dundee stopper Legzdins was called into action again in stoppage time of the first half, this time sticking out his right boot to divert Bowen’s drilled strike away from danger.
Moyes made seven changes at half time, but suffered another blow eight minutes into the second half when an unchallenged McMullan unleashed an effort past with Darren Randolph’s left hand.
Eight minutes later however the Hammers were back in the friendly, as Baptiste powered a header past Legzdins after Bowen had forced a corner with a free-kick.
The duo then combined to win a penalty for West Ham six minutes later, with Bowen collecting a lofted pass from Baptiste before going down under Ryan Sweeney’s clumsy challenge inside the box.
Paul McMullan (second from right) then added a second eight minutes into the second half
Jamal Baptiste headed home a corner to halve the deficit before Bowen won and scored a penalty
Bowen then picked himself up and sent the keeper the wrong way from the spot kick, picking out the right hand corner to draw the Hammers level.
The former Hull forward was then replaced by Xande Silva and he along with had chances to win the game for their sides, but were off target with their efforts.
West Ham will now return south of the border, with the first team squad split between a double header against League Two sides Leyton Orient and Northampton on Tuesday at the same time.
David Moyes’ squad will now split in half ahead of friendlies against Leyton Orient and Northampton
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