But they needed a late goal to gain a 1-0 first-leg win against Birkirkara
and it might not prove to be an open game.
West Ham finally began to take control as Birkirkara
found trouble getting out of their own half.
Southampton manager Ronald Koeman, left, is set for a return to Holland while West Ham's James Noble is pictured in Europa League action against Birkirkara
, of Malta
Djorkaeff, 35, is facing up to six weeks on the sidelines after smashing his cheekbone during Bolton's friendly clash with Maltese outfit Birkirkara
DIEGO POYET spared West Ham's blushes - but they needed a penalty shootout to see off Maltese minnows Birkirkara
DIEGO POYET kept his cool to fire the deciding penalty as West Ham scraped through to the Europa League third qualifying round after a shootout with Maltese minnows Birkirkara
The new West Ham boss will lead his side into a second round qualifying tie with Maltese minnows Birkirkara
tonight - as every other Premier League side eases their way back into their pre-season preparations.
They will play Birkirkara
of Malta in the next round.
Ulysses Yerevan (Armenia) -- Birkirkara
(Malta) 1-3 (halftime: 0-2) First leg: Birkirkara
-- Ulysses Yerevan 0-0.
Champions League third-qualifying round draw: Nordsjaelland v Zenit St Petersburg, Red Bull Salzburg v Fenerbahce, PAOK Salonika v Metalist Kharkiv, PSV v Zulte-Waregem, Lyon v Grasshoppers, Basel v Gyori Eto or Maccabi Tel Aviv, Sligo Rovers or Molde v The New Saints or Legia Warsaw, Slovan Bratislava or Ludogorets v Shirak or Partizan Belgrade, Dynamo Tbilisi or Streymur v Steaua Bucharest or Vardar, Apoel Nicosia v Birkirkara
or Maribor, Celtic or Cliftonville v Elfsborg or Daugava, BATE Borisov or Shakhtar Karagandy v Neftci or KS Skenderbeu, Austria Vienna v FK Ekranas or Hafnarfjordur, HJK Helsinki or Nomme Kalju v Plzen or Zeljeznicar, Fola Esch or Dynamo Zagreb v FC Sheriff or Sutjeska.
In their final match against Maltese champions Birkirkara
, they ran out easy winners.
Southern-Mediterranean Section: Baskimi v Zepce Limorad; Birkirkara
v Apoel Nicosia; UE Sant Julia v Rapid Bucaresti; KS Teuta v Siroki Brijeg; Elbasan v Vardar; Hibernians v Omonia Nicosia; Domagnano v Domzale.