Raimond Injured

Raimond van der Gouw got injured in Tuesday night's reserve trip to Derby - but it is too early to say if he will miss the trip to his former club Manchester United at the weekend.

Raimond, of course, joined the Hammers as understudy to David James in the summer following the departure from the club of Sven Andersen, Shaka Hislop, and Craig Forrest, so this would have been his first return to the club he served with distinction for six years.

Says Roger Cross:

"He turned an ankle in the first half and was replaced by Steve Bywater - but we don't know the full extent of the damage yet."

Steve Lomas did not play in the game as originally envisaged, and Roger says:

"He trained instead."

Neither did Don Hutchison play, and Roger adds:

"He would have liked to, but he wasn't fit."

Of the game overall - a 3-0 defeat - Roger says:

"We did quite well up until the first goal just before half time, and then they scored 1'15" into the second half.

"After that it was an uphill battle and Adam Murray eventually completed his hat trick.

"It was Steve Bywater's first game back after a long injury but a game he would want to forget after conceding three goals.

"But Derby, who have won the reserve league twice in the last three years and are top now, had an experienced side and we had a very young one, for whom it was a learning experience."

Indeed, eight players involved in the game for the Hammers were teenagers with four 21 olds getting a game - highlighting not only the youth of the side at Derby but how limited experienced cover is for the reserve side.

TEAM: Van der Gouw [Bywater 35], Laws, Byrne, Rahim, Ferdinand, Iriekpen, Sofiane, Cole [Bluett 70], Mehmet [Eastwood 75], Camara, McMahon D.

Subs: Lumsden, Tattam.