West Ham United's Development Squad staged an epic comeback to beat Newcastle in a nine goal thriller on Monday and leave coach Nick Haycock amazed by what he had seen.
The young Hammers were looking down and out after 13 minutes as a hat-trick from Jonathyn Quinn put the Magpies three up.
But goals from George Moncur, Dylan Tombides and a hat-trick from Elliot Lee stunned their opponents as Haycock's team hit five goals in the space of 25 minutes before Rolando Aarons struck a consolation late on.
The all-action encounter left the West Ham coach stunned. He told West Ham TV: "I've just sent a text to Ian Hendon and Neil McDonald to say what a mad game we've just been involved in.
"I found it hard in the first half, I needed to help them and I think the change in formation helped to stop the goals going in.
"At one point we just needed to have a ten minute spell when we didn't concede again because we felt the attacking unit would come into the game and we could have scored 20-plus goals today."
Haycock's team showed a huge amount of courage after going three down and were still looking to pass the ball around despite the deficit.
They were back in the game when Kieran Sadlier was felled in the box and, fresh from his Premier League debut on Saturday, Elliot Lee stepped up to send the keeper the wrong way.
The comeback which followed left Haycock full of praise for his team's fighting spirit.
"They're inspired by the first team lads, we know it was a disappointing performance for the first team at the weekend but the camaraderie spills over to the young lads.
"We've got some good lads in the club, Kevin Nolan, Mark Noble to name but a few are always speaking to me about the young lads.
"They're a good set of lads, they do get on so I didn't doubt that but like I said I could pick eleven lads who'd run around and work hard for West Ham United but I want intelligent football."
The result was even more impressive given the team had to reshuffle the defence due to injuries and the absence of Leo Chambers who was on International duty with England.
The coach bemoaned the team's injury problems but was pleased with how they performed given the situation.
"We had to make four changes to the back four or five as Stephen Henderson's come in to get some minutes as Spiegel's on International duty, leaving Callum the only established member of the defence in his right position.
"We moved Jamie Harney from the youth team, who only played Saturday, because we were that short with injuries at the back.
"I demanded more leadership from Pelly Ruddock and I thought he showed that today which was a good sign because he's started the game sloppy but then he got that back four organised."
Hat-trick hero Lee and the absent Chambers have both featured for the first team in the past week, a fact which Haycock says everyone at the club is proud of.
He said: "We're delighted, not just me it's a whole load of staff and the list is too long for me to name but it's down to everybody at the football club.
"We're a family and we take great pride when a young boy steps across that white line.
"I suppose it looks like me because I'm in charge of the team but I'm just there to finish off the good work by everyone else at the Academy and they take great pride in it.
"I think there were quite a few of them there the other night and I think Leo and Elliot both know now, I've said to Elliot today 'you've come down played well and got a hat-trick that's all you can do'."
With players like Chambers and Lee looking to stake a claim for a regular first team spot, Haycock is hopeful others can follow their lead, but mindful that it may not be possible just yet.
"Sam put in his programme notes that it's hard for young players to break into the first team of a Premier League team these days and I witness it myself now.
"Sitting on the bench for the first team home games you can see the size, speed and tenacity of it, our boys aren't there yet but they are certainly making noises that they will be in the future but they've got to keep performing at this level."