West Ham United U18s manager Steve Potts claimed his squad earned their 3-2 victory over previously undefeated Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.
The Hammers got off to the perfect start in Enfield, taking a 2-1 lead into half-time when ever-present captain Kieran Bywater grabbed his eighth and ninth goals for the season.
Tottenham drew level before Jordan Brown showed strength and determination in the closing stages to finish low into the corner of the net and seal the win.
Prior to their defeat by Potts' side, Tottenham had won all seven of their Barclays U18 Premier League fixtures.
"I'm very pleased with the result," said Potts. "Tottenham had played seven and won seven this season so they are a very good team.
"I had players in my team for the game that haven't really played much recently because some of the lads that have been playing are away on international duty. It's nice to see them come into the team and work hard and, all things considered, it was an excellent performance."
It was a tight game for both sides and Potts can see where his team performed slightly better than their London rivals, but also where they need to learn how to play without fear.
"In the first half, we went 1-0 up but I really thought we could have got another goal straight away," he continued. "When they got their goal back though, we just stood off them and let them play. For about 30 minutes of that first half, Tottenham played very well, but we weathered it and got another goal to take us into the lead at the break.
"In the second half, in my eyes, there was nothing in it. If anything, I think the chances we had were slightly better.
"It was a game of everything; good and bad. The boys have got to realise that whoever they are playing, they have to impose themselves and play without fear. They have the ability, they just have to go out onto the pitch and show it."
Saturday's result saw West Ham win their third consecutive league fixture and captain Bywater take his tally for the season to nine goals in nine games. Both are achievements that Potts is delighted with.
"Some of the results this season haven't been there, but the performances have been excellent. The lads haven't sometimes got the result that their performances deserved, but we have a group of hardworking lads with good footballing ability. It is those two aspects that you need to get results like we did against Spurs and it's nice to see their hard work paying off at the moment.
"You can always see it in training that Kieran has that goal threat. He is very aware in front of goal and knows the positions to pop up into. Both of his goals against Spurs were excellent finishes and he deserves them."
This season has seen Potts' side tested against some of the best Academy teams in the country, scoring wins over Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham.
"I said at the start of the season that the league programme this season means that every team is going to be tested every week.
"For example, we went to West Bromwich Albion just over a week ago and it is probably the most physical game that I've seen all year. The way that the West Brom players got stuck into the lads and tried to put us off our game made us work hard, but we played well, got through it and won the game.
"Then we had an away game with Spurs, who are a very good footballing team and to come away with a result like we did, I'm really pleased for the boys."
West Ham's next Barclays U18 Premier League fixture sees them host Norwich City at Little Heath on Saturday 19 October 2013. Both parking and admission are free for that fixture.
U18s: Baxter, Amoo, Girdlestone, Onariase, Page, Cullen, Marlow, Makasi, Bywater, Parfitt-Williams (Mavila), Brown (Martins)
Subs not used: Nemrava, Bailey