A spectacular strike against Reading on Monday night saw a welcome return to the scoresheet for Development Squad marksman Elliot Lee.

The frontman opened the scoring with an impeccable volley after 43 minutes, watching Danny Whitehead's lofted pass drop over his shoulder before firing the ball into the opposite corner of the net.

It had been over two months since Lee's last goal for the Under-21s, after he struck in a 2-1 win against Bristol City in the U21 Premier League Cup on 2 December, and the forward was delighted to be back amongst the goals.

When asked if the goal was one of his best, he told West Ham TV: "Yeah definitely, it's up there with my best. It was a great ball from Danny and I've just hit it and it's gone in the bottom corner so I'm absolutely delighted with it.

"I made the run and I didn't know if Danny was going to play it, but he's put it on an absolute plate for me and I've done the other bit. It was a great goal and I'm really happy with it.

"As a striker, you go through these little blips and I think I'd gone four games without a goal but I never lost confidence. I knew I was going to get a goal soon and hopefully they'll keep coming now."

Blair Turgott added to Lee's opener with just three minutes left on the clock, finishing off a swift counter-attack to wrap up all three points.

The second goal came a just a matter of seconds after Reading had gone within inches of pulling level through Liam Kelly's long-range half-volley which struck the post with Raphael Spiegel helpless in goal.

It would have been harsh on the Hammers, who dominated for large portions of the match and Lee believes the result was fully deserved.

"I think a lot of credit's got to go to the back five. In the last two games they've limited the opposition to very few chances and that's a big reason why we're winning. If us attackers can do our job upfront then we're going to win games if we can keep keeping clean sheets.

"As we progress through the levels I think the margins become smaller and smaller and I think it showed great character from the boys today.

"If that shot had of gone in then I think a few heads might have dropped, but we went up the other end and we scored a great goal to kill the game. It was a great performance from the boys, fully deserved."

Victory over the Royals means the squad have now picked up back-to-back wins following their win against Southampton in their previous outing.

The wins have moved the Hammers back into the top four of the Barclays Under-21 Premier League, and Lee is hoping they can continue their fine form.

"I thought the lads were brilliant tonight. From goalkeeper to attack we were all brilliant, and ground out a great result, on not the best pitch, but it's another three points and hopefully we can keep going.

"As you know, we had a few disappointing results which saw us drop down the league a bit, but the last two wins have given everybody a confidence boost and I think they're fully deserved wins as well."