West Ham 0-3 Rubin Kazan: Slaven Bilic's Hammers still winless after four pre-season friendlies

West Ham United were defeated 3-0 by Rubin Kazan in the two side's pre-season friendly in America.

West Ham 0-3 Rubin Kazan: Slaven Bilic's Hammers still winless after four pre-season friendlies
Above: Sofiane Feghouli in action during West Ham's 3-0 defeaat to Rubin Kazan | Photo: West Ham United FC via Getty Images

West Ham United's wait for a first pre-season victory stretched beyond four games after their 3-0 defeat to Russian side Rubin Kazan on Wednesday.

Another disappointing result

It certainly hasn't been the start to pre-season that Slaven Bilic would have hoped for, with a defeat to Seattle Sounders, a draw with Carolina RailHawks and a 2-2 draw with FC Slovacko the previous day.

West Ham went close in the early proceedings, with Enner Valencia's soft effort proving easy for Sergey Rzyhikov and Reece Burke putting Sofiane Feghouli's free-kick over the bar.

However it was Kazan that took the lead in the 23rd minute. A good ball was fed to Ilzat Akhmetov, who got to the by-line and chipped a great ball into the area and Marko Devic was there to fire home.

Kazan doubled their lead on the stroke of half-time, Declan Rice was made to pay for his weak back pass, and Maxime Lestienne was on hand to sweep it into the bottom corner.

West Ham tried their best to get back into the match after the half-time whistle, but were left frustrated as Kazan added their third, and final goal of the afternoon.

Samuel Garcia hit the post seconds earlier, but Gukdeniz Karadeniz proved more clinical as he swept home his effort into the bottom corner after some good team play.

Above: Michail Antonio in action during West Ham's 3-0 defeat to Rubin Kazan | Photo: whufc.com
Above: Michail Antonio in action during West Ham's 3-0 defeat to Rubin Kazan | Photo: whufc.com

Looking to the competitive games

‚ÄčThere will be some alarm bells ringing, as the opening Premier League fixture with Chelsea draws closer, but Michail Antonio has said the side are getting better with each passing day.

He told whufc.com: "This camp is what you need at this time of year" as "all you’ve got to do is concentrate on getting ready for the season and making sure we start well."

Antonio concluded: "Right now we’re out here getting ready and getting fit to push on and ensure we start the season raring to go."

West Ham United will take on Karlsruher SC on Saturday, July 23 with kick-off 4pm BST.