West Ham United 3 Charlton Athletic 0
No shame in that.
A poor five minutes where Sebastien Haller, who cost the Hammers the same as all of Charlton’s assets put together, scored twice, and then a late third by Felipe Anderson, who cost the same amount bar the west stand and a couple of astroturf pitches at the training ground.
What at one point looked like a severe confidence denting was averted and in the 2nd half we were for periods the better team, and there were plenty of positives we and Lee Bowyer can take away from the game.
How old is Charlie Barker again? Another fine performance this time at centre-back. Dylan Levitt had a slow start, not unexpectedly, but never stopped asking for the ball, and passing it, asking for the ball back and passing it. A good start for the young Welshman.
Chuks Aneke came on at half-time and was a real threat, Alfie Doughty scared the life out of their back four and Jonny Williams had a couple of shots…. and nearly scored!
Those that played got more minutes inside them and we move onto more important things, and surely better times.
One last thought though, crazy that what was really their 2nd XI is worth £180m (Cullen nothing of course, be interesting to see if Moyes plays him in the league) and our (pretty much) first team £200k. Andriy Yarmolenko on £115,000 week and our limit £1,300.