Cross On Loss

Roger Cross was delighted to see Steve Laurie back for the Hammers.

The australian youngster, who has had a series of injuries, played his first reserve game for a year on tuesday night, and Roger says:

"He wasn't due to play the full game but Scott Minto had to go off because he had a tight hamstring so he had to carry on.

"He has been so unlucky, he's had a knee injury, an ankle injury, all sorts.

"So it was very pleasing to see him come through, though I know he'll be stiff now!"

Of the general performance, he adds:

"It was disappointing overall, though I was also pleased with the young schoolkids [Danny morris and Elliot Ward] who came on.

"We were obviously short of players because of those youngsters who are out in Dallas.

"I thought we might hold out for a draw but it wasn't to be; in fact their keeper Michael Price, who replaced Tim Flowers, had an excellent match and if it wasn't for him we would have won the game.

"They had a bit of luck with the winner, a free kick outside the box that deflected in.

"There was a lull in the game when we didn't play with the same tempo as we did early on, but I thought we were comfortable."

Scott Minto says his injury is not too serious, explaining:

"It just felt a bit tight so I thought it best to come off.

"I wouldn't like to put a date on first team contention; it's just a case of getting the reserve games under my belt.

The reserves risk finishing bottom of the FA reserve league premier south division, though they are 4 points clear of Wimbledon with 6 games to play.

The two remaining home fixtures, for aficianados of the genre, are London derbies, against Spurs on 24th april, and Charlton to be arranged.

Apologies for there being no audio with Roger because of technical problems.

Talking of australian centre halves, Hayden Foxe's Socceroos beat their own world record by beating American Samoa 31-0 in their latest world cup qualifier.