The Warmdown: Reading suffer pre-season defeat to convincing West Ham United
Issa Diop of West Ham United scores the opening goal during the pre-season friendly between Reading and West Ham United at Madejski Stadium on July 21, 2021 in Reading, England. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Reading suffered their first pre-season defeat on Wednesday evening when they lost 0-3 to West Ham United

In what was an even first half, West Ham took the lead when a near-post corner went in as it came off Reading centre-back Jeriel Dorsett, who put it in his own net.

The Hammers came out all guns blazing in the second half, with Ben Johnson playing the ball across the six-yard box for an oncoming Conor Coventry to tap it in.

Johnson then capped off the win with a brilliant solo goal, driving through the Reading team and tucking it into the bottom right corner.

Here is our warmdown of the game, going over some of the key talking points.

Trialists need to do more to be offered deals

Reading had two trialists playing last night, one being former Newcastle United and Watford left-back Achraf Lazaar, as well as former West Bromwich Albion winger Kyle Edwards.

Both were at the training camp in Scotland last week, with Edwards featuring in Reading's 1-0 win against Lincoln City, their first pre-season friendly.

Whilst both are playing for a contract, they failed to impress. Edwards showed flashes, but nothing special, and at times it almost looked like he was trying too hard. However, Lazaar received the most criticism from the fans - he played poorly, regularly going forward and supporting Ovie Ejaria on the left-wing, however putting in poor crosses, and never seeming to have the energy to recover and track back, which caused Jarrod Bowen to have all the time and space to pull the strings for the Hammers on the right-hand side.

If both are to secure contracts at the club, they must play better in the next friendly against Charlton Athletic on Saturday afternoon.

Femi Azeez looks bright

The 20-year-old attacker ended last season with the Royals' U23's, scoring 10 goals in seventeen games in Premier League Two. After his impressive performances, many tipped him to step up to the first team this upcoming season - and Veljko Paunovic starting him last night shows that he is in contention.

He certainly took his chance, but it was clear some more game time could do him the world of good. He was very physical, always a nuisance for the defenders and was never scared to take them on. He is one to watch this season.

Conor Coventry - The next Mark Noble?

Coventry was arguably one of the best players on the pitch last night. The Irishman was impressive on the ball and was always looking for forward passes, he was creating a lot of chances and has now scored in each of his last two games.

Already, Hammers fans are making comparisons, comparing him to the likes of Michael Carrick and West Ham legend Mark Noble. They are clamouring for him to be given minutes - but given his lack of first-team football experience, a loan seems a lot more likely for the 21-year-old, potentially to a Championship club.