Neil McDonald has told West Ham TV he was pleased with the way the Hammers played in Saturday's 2-1 pre-season victory at Colchester United.
The Hammers defeated their npower League One opponents thanks to first-half goals from Nicky Maynard and Mark Noble, who converted from the penalty spot after the lively Maynard had been brought down.
Assistant manager McDonald hailed the nature of the victory while also discussing captain Kevin Nolan's toe injury and revealing that trialists Colin Kazim-Richards and Bilel Mohsni will join the squad on their pre-season tour to Germany this week.
Macca, what was your assessment of the performance at Colchester United?
NMc - "I thought the first half was excellent. We really moved the ball well and created chances. Our first goal was really good - good build-up play, a good cross, good knock-down and Nicky was in the right place at the right time to score. We split their defence open a few times and it was disappointing that Nicky got brought down because I would like to have seen him in a one-on-one situation as I'm sure he would have slotted it away. It was a lot better and a lot brighter and sharper. We still have lots to do but the psychological barrier has been broken because a lot of them played a full 90 minutes."
What did you make of the performances of the two trialists Colin Kazim-Richards and Bilel Mohsni?
NMc - "Colin did all right. He's been training with us for a few days and he's going to come with us to Germany so we'll have a good look at him there. Our first impressions are that he's not too bad. Bilel has been in for a couple of days as well and I think he's going to come to Germany as well. We're having a good look at players to try to complement the squad and boost it up so we will see how that goes."
Captain Kevin Nolan was forced off after injuring his toe in the first minute. What is the prognosis?
NMc - "We will assess that over the next 24 hours. It is sore, but we're hoping that it's just bruising and fingers crossed it's nothing worse than that. He doesn't come off the pitch lightly so we've got to get it checked out and we will have more information later on."
*To watch Neil McDonald's West Ham TV interview in full, including his hopes for next week's trip to Germany, click on the link below.