Assistant manager Neil McDonald said West Ham United had got the job done in defeating Cheltenham Town 2-1 in the Capital One Cup second round.

The Hammers overcame a spirited Cheltenham side at the Boleyn Ground through goals from Ricardo Vaz Te and Man of the Match Ravel Morrison either side of half-time, but created enough chances to have won by a hatful. As it was, the League Two Robins set up a nervy finale when Matt Richards converted a penalty just before the hour-mark.

Speaking to West Ham TV, McDonald said Vaz Te's 42nd-minute opener - an unstoppable 30-yard free-kick- had settled the Hammers down. Morrison added a classy second just 38 seconds after the break, firing low into the corner after losing two defenders with a neat piece of skill.

"Whenever you play against a lower league team they are going to come out and run about for the first half an hour and try to give their best and play above their ability which, to be fair, they did," McDonald said. "But I think Ricardo's goal settled us down.

"It was a fantastic free-kick into the top corner and I think we dominated after that up until half-time. In the second half, we totally dominated the game and really should have scored more goals than we did.

"We put ourselves under that little bit of pressure because we didn't get the third and fourth goal, which would have been a fair result, and when we conceded we were just on the back foot a touch. Saying that, we created lots of chances after their goal to kill the game off, we're through to the next round and we're pleased."

McDonald agreed that the talented Vaz Te and Morrison both illustrated their ability with outstanding goals.

"With Vaz, it's good that people practice and he has been practising well on his free-kicks. He has been taking a little bit of stick off the rest of the lads but he has shown fantastic technique and a fantastic will to take a free-kick from outside the box and he has got his rewards. The more you practise, the better you get.

"Ravel is very good on the ball and we have to get him on the ball as much as we possibly can. He shows lots of composure and he sees the final pass, which is great.

"I think he has shone tonight and has tried to knock on the manager's door with a good performance and another goal. He's continued what he did in pre-season, scoring goals from midfield, which is great. He's shown what he can do and now has to wait for his chance when the manager picks him in the Barclays Premier League."

At the other end of the pitch, Leo Chambers made his senior debut for the Hammers just three weeks past his 18th birthday. The south London-born England Under-19 defender showed his class with a composed display.

"He played really well in the first two Development Squad games against Aston Villa and Everton and we were pleased with his performance and we had a great chance to throw him in.

"I thought he showed composure, defended well enough against a tricky winger [Jermaine McGlashan] and he has got through the 90 minutes and finished on the winning side on his debut."

Debutants Adrian and Razvan Rat, captain James Tomkins, Jack Collison, Matt Taylor and the returning George McCartney - back from a knee injury suffered in March - also did their bit in front of a vociferous Boleyn Ground crowd.

"We have some seniors fighting for their places and after the first half-an-hour which is always a rush and 100 per cent commitment from the opposition, it started to settle down a little bit and they picked their passes. Unfortunately, we didn't finish Cheltenham off because we totally dominated them in the second and created eight really good chances.

"You certainly need to score more goals when you create 12 really good chances - four in the first half and eight in the second. We're disappointed that we didn't kill it off and score more goals because the lads are more relaxed and not worried about making the one mistake that would let Cheltenham back into it."

One negative on an otherwise positive evening saw Alou Diarra taken off on a stretcher ten minutes before half-time, having had the physio on three times during the opening period.

"He is a committed player and I think he has twisted his knee but we're not 100 per cent sure. We'll assess that over the next couple of days and see how he is. He is a committed player and unfortunately he has got injured early on. We hope he will be back as quick as he can."

Looking forward to Saturday and the Hammers host Stoke City in the Barclays Premier League knowing victory will ensure they go into the international break in the top six.

"We're going into the game full of confidence. We have got four points on the board, which is a point more than we had last season at this stage and our home form is really good, so there is nothing to be scared of.

"We'll prepare as we have done, professionally, and make sure the finer details are all there and will do our best to get the three points to go into the international break feeling happy about ourselves."

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