Reserves Grab Draw

West Ham reserves drew 1-1 with Ipswich Town on Tuesday evening - and left Roger Cross to bemoan the absence of Richard Garcia and Youssef Sofiane through injury.

Without being disrespectful to those that played, Roger feels that the duo might have swung the game had they played.

"I'd like to think that had we had the two strikers it might have been different and I hope they will be fit for next week's game against Fulham.

"We have four games left with them, Arsenal, and Watford in the top four still to come - so we could have an influence on who wins the title."

Of the game, in which Elliott Ward scored the Hammers' equaliser from a Daryl McMahon free kick in the 90th minute, Roger says: "It was a very lively match and both sides worked hard. There was good stuff at times and we defended well - but the old problem recurred in that we can't score freely."

In the end, Christian Dailly didn't play and Roger explains: "He wanted to, but Glenn was concerned about senior players risking injury, although Gary Breen played most of the game."

Meanwhile, commenting on a newspaper claim saying Paolo Di Canio supposedly stormed off during a recent training session because he didn't get a penalty, Roger, who works with the senior squad at Chadwell Heath every day, says: "I wasn't aware of the story but Paolo has not walked out of a training session in four years and he worked all last week."

TEAM: Bywater, Ferdinand A, Ward, Byrne, Delaney, Breen [Blewitt 70], McLenehan, Noble D, Akinsete, Pearson [Cole 75], McMahon. Subs unused: Forde, Tattum, Laws.