West Ham United defender Dan Potts is in positive mood after the Club's recent showings over the course of the international break.
While they may have been billed as friendlies, there was nothing too amicable about the way a West Ham United XI dismantled Gillingham 9-0 and then played out a tough 2-2 draw with Millwall.
Potts played a full part in both matches and while Millwall fielded a stronger side than Gillingham, the defender was pleased with the attitude of the team on both occasions.
Read the match report of the Hammers' 2-2 draw with Millwall here
Potts told West Ham TV: "We know that you can only play what's in front of you and face the team that they put out.
"Last Tuesday it was a much younger team than we faced against Millwall but I thought in both games we've applied ourselves well.
"Obviously against Millwall we came away with a draw but it was important also that we didn't lose."
Both matches provided valuable game time for some of the Club's senior players as well as handing some of the younger players a chance to impress.
Potts believes scheduling these sorts of games over the course of an international break helps the players to maintain their match fitness amongst their normal training schedules.
"It's always good to have these types of matches in place. You want to keep ticking over, keep that match fitness up.
"You can train all you like but when there aren't games there's nothing that you can do to resemble what you do in a game. So these sorts of games are very good over the course of the international break."
During the draw with Millwall, Potts and centre-back partner Pelly Ruddock were able to pit their wits against seasoned Championship and Wales international striker Steve Morison and Republic of Ireland forward Andy Keogh.
Keogh and Richard Chaplow netted for the visitors and Potts was happy with the test provided.
He said: "Any game you're involved in you have to enjoy playing, especially at Upton Park. They put a strong team out and I thought in the end that it was a very fair game. Both teams had chances and it ended up 2-2.
"We obviously want to be playing against senior opponents, especially myself, and it was good to see that they had a strong team out. But overall it was a very good experience playing against Steve."