Cheeky chap Dylan Tombides was centre of attention on Thursday night as the Development Squad beat Colchester United 3-0 at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

Just seconds after coming on as a substitute, the striker raced onto a through ball and with his first touch of the game produced an outrageous chip over the 'keeper, who could only watch and admire it as it sailed into the net.

The 19-year-old was as cool as his finish when describing why he chose to lob the 'keeper.

He told West Ham TV: "If you ask anyone around the club I'm always doing lairy things like that.

"In training I practice it constantly because the 'keeper doesn't expect it, he expects it to go low or to the side of him so when it goes over he's just like 'oh no' and luckily for me it came off."

Goals from Reece Burke and Danny Whitehead sandwiched Tombides' goal as a very youthful Development Squad kept the momentum going following Monday's 5-4 Barclays U21 Premier League win over Newcastle United.

Several of Steve Potts' Under-18s came into the squad and impressed Tombides after making the step-up look seamless.

He continued: "We're very happy with the performance, coming on late you get to see a different view from the sideline.

"You got to see how the youngsters fared in an Under-21s match and to be fair they all looked like they belonged there and that they could cope with what was going on out there."

The goal was the Australian's second in as many games after he scored the equaliser against the Magpies on Monday.

The frontman is bursting with confidence following his touch of class against Colchester and is feeling good ahead of the Barclays U21 Premier League visit of Manchester City on Friday 13 September.

He said: "Being a striker, every time you come on you always get in the box as much as possible.

"You're always going to get an opportunity and when you get it you should be able to take it and in the last two games I've been able to do that.

"I'm looking forward to the game against Manchester City, they are a massive name in the Barclays Premier League.

"Obviously playing at Upton Park you always relish it because it's such a great stadium and to play in, it's fantastic."

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