Posh continued their pre-season slump, following a demoralizing loss to a youthful West Ham development side. Manager Grant McCann gave the majority of first team members an additional hour of match action, but Posh will want to return to winning ways before facing Rochdale on the opening day of the season.
It was former Peterborough United striker Jaanai Gordon who opened the scoring inside the opening minute. Now 20, Gordon has found first team opportunities difficult to come by at the Boleyn, but more performances like this and could work his way into the fray. Gordon rolled statue-esque defender Ricardo Santos and fired past the helpless Alnwick.
All the League One side could muster in the opening 45 minutes was two efforts from forward spearhead Shaq Coulthirst. Rarely troubling the West Ham goal.
A stern half time team-talk meant Posh returned to the turf with renewed confidence. Referee Darren Deadman pointed to the spot when the Influential Coulthirst was tripped in the area. The former Spurs man stepped up to level proceedings, with Posh dominating the possession they began to kick on.
Chances would come and go for both sides in the following half an hour. Home left-back Andrew Hughes fizzing a shot narrowing wide.
It was the Hammers who would steal the spoils with three minutes remaining. Deadman ruled that there was a push in the area, giving Alex Pike the chance to convert. The more senior member of the West Ham line-up, dispatched with confidence handing his side a confidence boosting victory.
Full Time: Peterborough United 1-2 West Ham United XI
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