Titi On Target

Roger Cross' reserve side got their second 1-0 win on the trot on Wednesday night when they beat a strong Charlton team courtesy of a Titi Camara goal.

Roger Cross was delighted with the overall performance and says:

"It was a real, typically tough, West Ham v Charlton game.

"We scored when Titi hit a good left foot shot across the keeper in a move that started in our own half.

"While he is scoring he is always knocking on the door, while his strike partner Youssef Sofiane also did well in his first game after injury.

"He could have scored, as could Richard Garcia, but I was pleased with the win against a Charlton side that included Fish, Brown, Kishishev, Bartlett, Svensson, Mustoe, and Blomqvist.

"That, in itself, could constitute the backbone of a first team."

Looking at some of the individual performances, Roger says:

"Richard Garcia and Grant McCann played well in the centre of midfield; they were good on the ball and worked hard off it.

"Raimond van der Gouw did very well when he was called upon, making three very good saves, and was a great influence on the younger players.

"Don't forget, we ended up with Elliot Ward and Anton Ferdinand, two 17 year olds, up against Bartlett and Svensson."

Scott Minto came off with a slight knock to the shin.

Meanwhile, Roger is convinced that the Hammers' first team prospects will start to improve this weekend.

"The lads all know how important the situation is and are very positive.

"We showed plenty of effort and character at Spurs, at times we were excellent, but unfortunately life can be cruel when you are down there.

"But I have a good feeling about Saturday."

TEAM: Van der Gouw, Byrne, Minto [Britton 55], Garcia, Iriekpen [Ferdinand 70], Ward, Courtois, McCann, Sofiane, Camara [Mehmet 80], Labant.

Subs unused: McMahon, Forde.