West Ham lose to Sydney FC to continue preseason winless streak

West Ham suffered a second defeat on their tour of New Zealand as they were beaten 3-1 by Sydney FC.

West Ham suffered a second defeat on their tour of New Zealand as they were beaten 3-1 by Sydney FC.

Sydney were a goal up in four minutes after Ali Abbas ran clear of Mark Noble and passed to Corey Gameiro, who fired under Adrian.

A low shot from Alex Brosque doubled the lead on 26 minutes, and the 2-0 scoreline stood at the break as Aaron Cresswell missed the target following a one-two with Carlton Cole.

West Ham began the second half more promisingly and halved the arrears when a Matt Jarvis cross deflected in off defender Nikola Petkovic.

But the A-League side scored a third on 64 minutes through Gameiro, and the goal stood despite West Ham players appealing for handball by Terry Antonis in the build-up.

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce admitted his side had been poor, just three weeks before the start of the Premier League.

"We've played two games and we've played poorly in them," said Allardyce.

"The football was not good enough to get results but we're experimenting and working on more open attacking play and it hasn't worked well from a defensive point of view."

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