Steve Potts hailed the team effort which saw his West Ham United Under-18s reap the reward of all three points after they saw off Aston Villa on Saturday.

A 3-1 win over the Villans extended the Hammers' unbeaten run to seven games as they overcame an early setback to continue their fine form.

Centre-back Reece Burke conceded a 16th minute penalty which was dispatched to the bottom left-hand corner, leaving Sam Howes with no chance. Less than sixty seconds later however and trialist Jaanai Gordon equalised on his first appearance for the U18s before he doubled the lead shortly before half-time.

Top-scorer Kieran Bywater then completed the scoring with 13 minutes left to leave his manager praising the team's performance.

Watch the highlights of the U18s win over Aston Villa on West Ham TV

Potts said: "It was a very tough game. It was a good test for the boys with the way they move the ball around really well.

"We went 1-0 down against them and I thought it might be a difficult game for us but credit to the boys, they came back into the game straight away and I think we deserved the win.

"When you look back, it was just one of those all-round good team performances and that's what got us on top. Everyone did their jobs, worked hard for each other and in the end got the rewards for their performances.

"If everyone doesn't do their jobs then it becomes difficult but everyone did their bit which is pleasing."

Crucial to the success was 17-year-old trilaist Gordon, who has made three first team appearances for Sky Bet League One side Peterborough United this season.

The striker's brace came courtesy of some cool finishing and he clearly did enough to impress Potts.

"He did well, he came in for his first game and scored two goals so you can't ask much more than that on his first appearance. It was very positive what he did and he settled in very quickly."

Gordon was partnered in attack by Jordan Brown, who after joining West Ham from Arsenal in the summer, has now signed his first professional contract with the Club.

Brown had cause for a double celebration as it was also the frontman's 17th birthday on the day he signed and Potts has been impressed with his contribution so far.

"With Jordan, he's been at Arsenal all through the younger age groups so to leave a settled environment like that and come to a new club it takes time to settle.

"He's shown in spells some really good stuff. I think now with Jordan he's got used to what we're all about here and he's settled in well with the rest of the boys and hopefully he can kick-on from here."

Whilst the U18s boss still hopes there's more to come from Brown, that also applies to the whole squad who he hopes can push on towards appearances for the Development Squad.

He said: "I'm just looking for more and more out of the boys each week. The only danger they've got is taking their foot off the pedal.

"I want them pushing on towards the under-21s, that's my aim for them, to play well in the U21s. To play well enough to make Nick [Haycock] think they deserve a chance in the U21s, that's the main focus for them."