Nick Haycock's Development Squad reclaimed top spot in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League after an eventful trip to the Midlands ended with a 2-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers.

A goal after just six minutes from Kieran Sadlier set the Hammers on their way in the pouring rain before Dan Potts turned in a corner midway through the second half to seal another impressive win.

Sadlier grabbed the opener but would have found himself amongst the substitutes were it not for the withdrawal of striker Elliot Lee.

The change didn't serve to disrupt the team though as Haycock explained to West Ham TV: "In view of what happened before the game I was wondering what else people could throw at me.

"I got a few phone calls tonight and one or two will be going out on loan this week so I pulled one or two out the team at the last minute and we had to show the strength of the squad tonight.

"Then Callum Driver goes down in the first minute and we thought he'd dislocated his shoulder. So we thought to ourselves then what else was going to happen?"

The win also owed much to goalkeeper Raphael Spiegel, who produced a magnificent save from Jamie O'Hara's penalty minutes before half-time to keep the score at 1-0, and earn praise from his coach.

"I thought he was excellent today, he's a top, top young man and he's got a great future in the game," Haycock added.

"I'll be surprised if one or two of these scouts don't have a look at him because of his presence and his professionalism through the week. He's a great character to have around the dressing room.

"Rapha's handling was superb and obviously he's made a great penalty save which kept the game 1-0 at half-time and had it been 1-1 it might have been a different story because they were definitely up for it tonight playing against the top of the league."

The win made it four wins from four away games for the team who coped better on a soaked surface to overcome Wolves.

Another three points took them back to top of the league and Haycock is happy that player development is coinciding with good results for the Hammers.

He said: "Developing a winning team is a good habit to get into.

"You'll hear me from the sidelines where I'm quite an aggressive person and I demand that from my players and I think that should run through the football club.

"Sometimes Academy football can be too nice. Yes, it's about development but it's [also about] developing a style of play to win football matches."

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