Winston Reid was impressed with the contributions of debutants Aaron Cresswell, Cheikhou Kouyate and Enner Valencia as West Ham United got their 2014/15 Barclays Premier League campaign underway against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.
The Hammers came up just short on the day, losing out to Eric Dier's injury time goal, but Reid took heart from the performance, not least from the new boys.
Cresswell played the 90 minutes at left-back, while Kouyate found himself alongside Reid in the heart of defence for the final 27 minutes following James Collins' dismissal for collecting two yellow cards.
With Enner Valencia also making his bow from the bench, Reid believes all three - and fellow new arrivals Mauro Zarate, Diafra Sakho, Carl Jenkinson and Diego Poyet - will have plenty to offer.
"There were some good positives out there," he said. "The new boys did well, Aaron [Cresswell] and Cheikhou [Kouyate] from the start and Enner [Valencia] came on as well.
"For the new boys it's nice to get them on the pitch early and there's still a couple of boys sitting on the bench and ready to go. The squad is looking strong and I'm sure everybody is going to be pushing for the next game to try and improve.
"Cheikhou showed his versatility by moving back to centre half at the end, and I think I'm going to need to learn some French if that's going to happen again!
"He did well on Saturday and you can see why he was brought to the Club."
Reflecting on Saturday's result, Reid felt the Hammers deserved more than they got.
"It was cruel," he added. "That's football - we try and do our best, but unfortunately they've scored a goal at the end and that's it.
"There were positives to take from the performance, the boys did pretty well out there. We couldn't get the ball in the back of the net ourselves and unfortunately they've done that.
"The main lesson is to make sure we make the most of when we're on top. It was a disappointing game, it wouldn't go in and that's it."
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