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By Dave Gooderham
Monday, August 6, 2012
West Ham v Ipswich: West Ham players and staff had very few complaints after they were outplayed at Portman Road in Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to Ipswich.
Just two weeks before their return to the Premier League, the Hammers looked like they could be in for a long, hard season, judging on the 90 minutes in Suffolk.
Ipswich, on the other hand, ended a run of poor friendly defeats with an all-action display that offered greater hope for their own Championship campaign.
West Ham full-back Guy Demel said: “I think we took the game seriously but we didn’t play well early in the game and we conceded two goals.
“After that, it was difficult for us to come back because Ipswich played with confidence. It was hard for us to get the ball and to play our football.”
Hammers assistant manager Neil McDonald added: “The performance wasn’t very good. We played a different system than we normally play and I think we got over-run and outpassed in the first half.
“A few home truths were told at half-time and I think we came out and played a lot better in the second half.
“We created a few chances and scored a goal ourselves and then conceded again at the end. The performance has to be better.”