Areola: It’s another step forward

Alphonse Areola feels his West Ham United team are building week-by-week and game-by-game towards the 2022/23 campaign.

The France goalkeeper got 90 valuable minutes under his belt as the Hammers drew 1-1 with Luton Town on Saturday.

Tomáš Souček’s 27th minute header looked as though it would be enough to secure victory for the Hammers, who kept their Championship hosts away from Areola’s goal until a 90th minute corner, which Sonny Bradley converted from close range.

Naturally there was a tinge of disappointment for Areola at seeing her clean sheet disappear so late on, but he preferred to focus on the positive strides on his side took a couple of weeks out from the big kick-off.

“It felt good to get 90 minutes,” he said. “We’ve worked hard so it felt good to be on the pitch today and we’re getting ready physically and mentally for the new season.

“We had a couple of chances to kill the game and win it, and then we’ve granted from a corner in the last minute which we can avoid.

“But it’s part of the game, part of the work, and we have to do better in the next game.

“It feels like a step forward towards the new season. We try to do our best, we’re two weeks from the new season starting and we’re getting ready for it.”

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