Last Updated: Fri, 06 Sep 2013 11:57
Sam Allardyce hailed his West Ham squad after a youthful side mixed with some experience beat Espanyol 1-0 in Thursday's friendly.
Mark Noble's first-half penalty earned the Hammers a narrow victory over the Barcelona-based side in Spain and Allardyce was delighted with the workout, after the game had been specially arranged due to the lack of a game this weekend because of the international break.
Allardyce introduced several members of his Development Squad in the second half, but also game first-teamers James Tomkins, Adrian, Matt Taylor and Noble a valuable run-out, and he was pleased with the evening's work.
"It was an excellent game," he told the club's website. "It's a different way to play when you're away in Europe. It's not like the Premier League where it gets frantic and high tempo all the time.
"This game slows down a little bit and the lads adapted really well to that, and of course having got a goal in front, and then putting most of the young lads on, we held on to the defensive side of it really well."
He added: "We played the game out really well, and with no injuries too, which is the most important thing. It's a very good workout and it's given the young boys a real experience.
"For the senior players too,it was important for their match fitness. For the whole squad from the aspect of tactical, technical and fitness it was very, very good.
"It was a worthwhile workout for our players in the international break and now we hope our international players come back without any problems."
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