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2013-11-13T12:00:00 Updated 2015-02-18T23:32:49

Hendon happy with Gills display

First-team coach Ian Hendon said Tuesday's 9-0 friendly victory over Gillingham was just what West Ham United needed after a disappointing weekend.

An experienced Hammers XI tore a youthful Gills side to shreds at Rush Green Stadium, with Matt Jarvis, Blair Turgott and a trialist scoring twice and Carlton Cole, Modibo Maiga and Taylor Miles also hitting the target.

Following Saturday's Barclays Premier League defeat at Norwich City, Hendon said Tuesday's win would provide much-needed confidence and match-fitness to those involved, including the returning George McCartney and Alou Diarra.

Watch highlights of Tuesday's 9-0 victory on West Ham TV

"It was about the lads in and around the team needing to get some minutes under their belts," Hendon told West Ham TV. "It wasn't Gillingham's team but you can only play against what's out there. We performed well and ended up scoring nine with a professional performance."

Hendon was happy with the contribution of all of the senior players involved. McCartney and Diarra continued their comebacks from long-term knee injuries, while Cole, Maiga and Jarvis all scored and Adrian kept a welcome clean sheet. All will be keen to be involved against Chelsea at the Boleyn Ground a week on Saturday.

"George is a good professional and he performed well, as he does every time he plays. He gives you everything and he is looking like he is on the road to being very close now, which is good news.

"Alou has played 90 minutes and Carlton and Mobido have both scored, so that's good, and obviously Jarvo has played and scored as well, so all in all it was a good day's work."

While the senior players did their jobs well, the Development Squad regulars also contributed, with Turgott scoring twice and the likes of Frazer Shaw, Danny Whitehead, Leo Chambers, Kieran Sadlier and Sean Maguire also getting welcome and productive minutes on the pitch.

"As I said to the players at half-time when we came in four goals up, the challenge was for them to go out there and better that in the second half. We started very well in the second half with Coley scoring.

"We took some of the seniors off after 60 minutes because they are going to go again on Friday when we have another game to get their match minutes up. Hopefully, when the Chelsea game comes around, we'll have a few more lads available for selection and ready to go."

Hendon said Tuesday's match, along with a second friendly scheduled for Friday, were a welcome stimulant for players who would otherwise be training without their international and injured squad-mates.

With Razvan Rat, James Collins, Jack Collison, Joey O'Brien and Mohamed Diame all away and a number of players side-lined, the first-team coach said the games would help those remaining to maintain their match-fitness.

"When you are playing matches and in game situations, it is more stimulating for the mind than training. You can score ten goals in training one day and then go out on a matchday and not get many chances, so it's good that we created a lot of chances and we took them. That's something we need to continue doing that."

In closing, Hendon said everyone at the Club is eager to get back to Barclays Premier League action and start climbing the table - starting with the visit of Jose Mourinho's Chelsea on 23 November.

"I think we are most definitely itching for the Chelsea game to come around. After Saturday, when we played very well in the first half, we were very disappointed with the second half.

"The best thing for us was to get a game as quick as we possibly can and we've played on Tuesday and have another one on Friday, when we might see more senior players involved in the game.

"We'll then be looking forward to getting all the lads back from international duty and organising things ready to go next Saturday against Chelsea."

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