First-team coach Ian Hendon was rightly proud of his West Ham United team following Tuesday's 3-1 friendly victory over Queens Park Rangers.

Hendon took charge of a Hammers side containing a mixture of senior first-team players and promising youngsters, with first-year professional Blair Turgott netting an eye-catching hat-trick.

Afterwards, Hendon praised the players for their work-rate, attitude and for giving everyone a welcome boost following Sunday's 2-0 Barclays Premier League defeat at Chelsea.


"There are players there who have been out of the first-team picture at the moment and obviously George McCartney who is coming back from a long-term injury," he said. "They all wanted to go out and play and they performed very well. The young lads are desperate to impress all the time and they came in and did their fair share as well.

"We had a few experienced players in our team and looked at their team on paper before the game and they had eight players who have been regulars this year, so we knew it was going to be a competitive game. I just think our lads went about their game a little bit better than they did - we pressed the ball better than them, we kept nicking it high up the pitch and we broke on them from there. We were solid as a team and played off of our shape and broke them down and played ever so well.

"You always have that concern when senior players come down to reserve games that they won't quite give it their all, but Matt Taylor in particular worked very hard. He played for an hour before we took him off because he had played a half at Chelsea on Sunday. James Tomkins, George McCartney and Marouane Chamakh all put in good performances so they will give the manager a nudge as well.

"All in all, it was a good workout and exactly what we needed."

While the senior professionals did their jobs well, the headlines were grabbed by 18-year-old Turgott. The winger, who has recently returned after helping loan club Bradford City to reach the Capital One Cup final, scored three truly outstanding goals.

The first two came courtesy of long-range efforts before half-time, while the third arrived when the teenager cut inside former England full-back Luke Young and rifled a shot into the far top corner off the upright.

"We had a game this time last year away at Dagenham and Redbridge and he scored two similar goals, one of them on the volley, so he has got that in the locker.

"He has had a little spell away at Bradford and he played in a Development Squad game [against Arsenal] the other night and he didn't really perform how he should do. He has come out there among the seniors, which has perhaps given him a lift, and the boy has shown what he is all about.

"He has got that in his locker and Macca [assistant manager Neil McDonald] was there, so it's given him a little nudge. That's how you want them to perform and it's refreshing when the young lads do that."

As first-team coach, Hendon said the result and all-round performance would give everyone associated with the club a lift ahead of nine vital Barclays Premier League fixtures - starting with the visit of West Bromwich Albion on Saturday 30 March.

"I think we'd be more disappointed if we had gone to Chelsea and it had been a really disappointing performance. It wasn't the case - we got beaten on the day by a better team but it wasn't all doom and gloom after Sunday.

"We've re-grouped and got a team together and gone out and performed ever so well [against QPR]. The three goals will give everybody a lift - the players, staff and the fans who see them - because you can't beat winning."

West Ham United XI: Trialist, Spence (Shaw 77), McCartney, Tomkins, Ruddock, Moncur (Driver 77), Taylor (Marlow 65), Turgott, Bywater (D.Tombides 77), Chamakh, Paulista
Subs not used: Baxter

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