Daryl Next?

Daryl McMahon is hoping to be the next youngster off the conveyor belt at Upton Park.

The 20-year-old midfielder played what Roger Cross described as his best game for the reserves in Tuesday night's win over Derby County, and he is hoping to add consistency to his game to make that final leap into first team contention.

"We did well, worked hard, and it was a great result against Derby because they are top of the table," says Daryl of Tuesday night's 1-0 win. "It was good to get a win as we usually draw!"

Of his own development, he adds: "I think I have made steady progress this season. I have played a lot of reserve games now and it has been a good campaign so far.

"But you have to do it every game. It is no use putting in a good performance every month or two months.

"I have travelled a few times with the first team and I am training with the lads every day so hopefully I can get more involved, if not this season then next. All the young lads want to be involved."

But what does he need to add to his game?

"Everything. There is nothing I can't improve on, and if there was I would be in the first team now," he responds.

"The coaching staff have been good to me, telling me what to work on and that I have to play well every game."

Daryl is particularly pleased that Glenn Roeder, despite being first team manager, takes an active interest in the reserve and youth teams as well.

"Glenn speaks to me and all the young lads all the time. He comes into the changing rooms at half time and afterwards to have a chat with everyone, so he is always involved," he says.

And the Republic of Ireland youth international is confident that West Ham can escape the drop.

"I think we definitely will; there is no doubt about it for me," he insists. "I think we have turned the corner, they have done really well recently, and we can win all our games.

"I don't see why we can't because with the players we have got we can beat anyone on our day - I am very positive."