FC Slovacko 2-2 West Ham United: Late goals sting Hammers

West Ham have gone three games without a win with a 2-2 draw against FC Slovacko.

FC Slovacko 2-2 West Ham United: Late goals sting Hammers
A collection of West Ham players after FC Slovacko's late equaliser in their 2-2 draw | Photo: Reuters
FC SLOVACKO
2 2
WEST HAM UNITED
FC SLOVACKO: MECA, SIMKO (OMYLA, MIN. 46), KOSUT (TOK, MIN. 46), RADA, REINBERK, SUTIULIKOSKI, DANICEK, BIOLEK (CIVIC, MIN. 46), MAVLIK, KERBR, DIVIS
WEST HAM UNITED: RANDOLPH (SPIEGEL, MIN. 71), BYRAM, BURKE, RICE (MARTINEZ, MIN. 74), PAGE (ANTONIO, MIN. 46), NOBLE (KOUYATE, MIN. 46), FEGHOULI (TORE, MIN. 46), CULLEN, OBIANG (BROWNE, MIN. 69), SAMUELSEN (QUINA, MIN. 46), VALENCIA (FLETCHER, MIN. 46)
SCORE: 0-1, MIN. 37, NOBLE 0-2, MIN. 52, FLETCHER 1-2, MIN. 85, CIVIC 2-2, MIN. 89, CIVIC
REFEREE: BOOKED KOSUT

Late goals from Eldar Civic have seen West Ham United go a third consecutive game without a win, with a 2-2 draw with FC Slovacko.

It was quite an uneventful first period, with half-chances from Martin Samuelsen and Antonio Valencia, before Mark Noble gave the Hammers the lead. Ashley Fletcher got his first goal in a West Ham shirt in the second period, and looked to have given Slaven Bilic's side their first win. But a late brace from Civic secured the stalemate.

Slow and steady start

​Having lost to the Seattle Sounders, and drew with Carolina RailHawks, Bilic was looking to get a victory under their belts as they made it to their Austria training camp.

One player that impressed out in the US was new signing Sofiane Feghouli, and he continued that against the Czech side.

The former Valencia man produced a excellent cross in the 11th minute, the ball fell to the back post looking for Samuelsen but his header went wide of the mark.

He was at it once again in the 23rd minute, producing a practically identical cross, with Valencia on the end of it this time. Unfortunately like Samuelsen the effort was wide of the mark.

Above: Mark Noble celebrating his goal in West Ham's 2-2 draw with FC Slovacko | Photo: Reuters
Above: Mark Noble celebrating his goal in West Ham's 2-2 draw with FC Slovacko | Photo: Reuters

Taking the lead

The Hammers had the majority of the play, but they managed to take the lead in the 37th minute, with their first shot on target.

Noble was one of the side's top performers last season, and he showed it here once again as he was picked out by Samuelsen, and the skipper smashed the half-volley into the bottom corner.

Above: Ashley Fletcher celebrating his first goal for West Ham in their 2-2 draw with FC Slovacko | Photo: Reuters
Above: Ashley Fletcher celebrating his first goal for West Ham in their 2-2 draw with FC Slovacko | Photo: Reuters

Making it two

​Bilic made a number of significant changes at half-time and, despite the scare of Veliče Šumulikoski's header which was ruled out, they added a second.

Fletcher, the latest addition to the group and he made an instant impact. Two youngsters combined for the goal, with Domingos Quina crossing the ball in and Fletcher to head home, the first of hopefully many.

They nearly added a third in quick succession as Cheikhou Kouyaté was put through on goal, who looked to toe poke it in but the keeper did well to save with his legs.

Even Stevens

After the second goal, the game began to open up and the Czech side began to get into the match. Tomas Tok had a decent opportunity just after the hour mark, the space began to open up on the edge of the area, but the drive rose into the arms of Mark Randolph.

After his assist for Fletcher, Quina tried to look for a goal for himself, he made movements down the middle but with Sam Byram in support, he decided to go through on goal but the effort was block.

Hammer blow

West Ham looked to be going away with their first victory of pre-season, however their nerves were jittered as Slovacko got one back with five minutes to play. They managed to clatter the post and Civic was one hand to slam home the rebound to give the Czech side hope.

Their comeback was sealed as they grabbed a equaliser in the final minute. The side punted the ball into the area, Civic did brilliantly at the far post to control the ball and did well on the turn to slam home the equaliser.

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