Hammers boss David Moyes elected to make SEVEN changes from the team that was cheated at the Bridge last weekend for the emotionally charged evening game against FCSB, consequently West Ham had to come from behind to beat the Romanian side in their Europa Conference League Group B opener.
The Irons dominated possession from the outset but fell behind in the 34th minute when Andrei Cordea scored at the far post after some sloppy defending. The sudjued atmosphere was clearly influencing the crowd who were outsung by the opposing supporters which inspired their team. The official allowance was for 3,500 away tickets to be made available, however opposition fans were queueing throughout the day to snap up tickets that were available from the ticket office, eventually over 10,000 visiting fans were adjudged to have attended!
At half time Moyes was forced to bring on the A team in the form of Pac Man, Antonio and Jarrod Bowen who equalised after the break with a well-taken penalty after Maxwel Cornet had been fouled.
Emerson then struck from close range to make it 2-1 before Michail Antonio scored a superb trademark 'bully' late third. West Ham could have added even more goals in a strong second-half showing, with Bowen, Pablo Fornals and Antonio all denied.
Overall this was a well deserved victory played in difficult circumstances, the team got the job done, now time to move on. Flynn Downes showed exactly why David Moyes pulled the trigger on his transfer so quickly by making a superb debut, fitting comfortably in support of Declan Rice in midfield, a star of the future!
It was also gratifying to see Les 'Balon' Dawson being given a massive cheer from the crowd as he came on for the closing minutes.