‘There’s a lot more to come’ of West Ham’s signing of Gianluca Scamacca

Gianluca Scamacca has been backed to score “a lot more” after opening his West Ham account as the Hammers began their final European season with a 3-1 win over Danish club Viborg.

Italy forward Scamacca, David Moye’s summer signing from Sassuolo, scored a first-half header on his full debut in the Europa Conference League qualifying play-off.

Jarrod Bowen added a second after the break before Viborg pulled back through a Jakob Bonde header.

That could have made next week’s second leg in Denmark a little hairy, but Michail Antonio gave the Hammers – semi-finalists in last season’s Europa League – some breathing room as they attempted to reach the group stage.

Manager David Moyes was suspended – along with Declan Rice and Aaron Creswell – and watched from the stands as assistant Billy McKinlay took over the duties on the sidelines.

“I could feel the heat on my neck,” McKinlay smiled.

“He’s a manager of stature and presence and we need him to lead the troops so it was odd to see him up there from a distance.”

The Hammers team was a mix of signings, senior pros and youngsters, and McKinlay added: “I think the performance was a little bit frustrating, a little bit tedious and a little bit boring. Really a mixed bag.

“Gianluca is probably super happy and I’m just as happy. Strikers are judged on goals, so hitting the bull’s eye quickly is important and there’s a lot more to come from him.

“And Mikhail’s goal was really important. When the score was 2-0 we had the chance to kick off. We’ve worked a lot on Viborg and we didn’t think it was going to be an easy gig.

“We gave away a bad goal so Mikhail’s goal calmed us down. I think that’s a decent result and we’re going into the second half of the season with a lot of self-confidence.”

Viborg head coach Jacob Friis said: “We are very happy with the game, we felt we played a balanced game. It’s a great performance for us and we’re disappointed that we lost.

“We’re not dead and buried yet. Maybe the hole has been dug – but we’re not in it yet.”

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