Richard Grabs Brace

Roger Cross declares himself delighted with the 2-1 win West Ham's reserves gained over Spurs on Tuesday night - and says Edouard Cisse's attitude was excellent.

Richard Garcia opened the scoring after receiving Edouard's pass before driving a shot across Neil Sullivan and Roger says: "It was a terrific through ball from Edouard to Richard which put him in behind their defence and, at the angle with his right foot, he drove the ball into the far corner for the most fantastic goal.

Spurs came back two minutes later when Ricketts battled his way past Blewitt to set up Malcolm from close range.

"It was right on half time which was disappointing," adds Roger, "and it was a debatable offside.

"In the second half Spurs came out and were playing reasonably well but we got the second goal after about 20 minutes."

Richard Garcia can claim an assist for the goal he himself scored when he intercepted a loose pass on the centre circle and made an incursion into the box before flicking the ball to Shaun Byrne, who was clattered by Jackson.

Richard despatched the penalty but the referee to ordered a re-take and Richard did it all over again to blast the ball high into the net for a 2-1 victory.

"Richard took a terrific penalty but the referee wanted him to re-take it because he wanted to caution a Spurs player - but he put the second pen away as well, which was good."

The performance of Edouard, showing no signs of disgruntlement at being left out of the first team of late, was a highlight though, and Roger says:

"Edouard played like a senior player should in the reserves, and that is all I am going to say - he did very well, and I am happy with him and his attitude."

The game marked the debut of Clive Delaney, a recent signing from University College Dublin, and Roger adds:

"Clive did well and we are all pleased with him, and don't forget that we had five youth team players out there tonight.

"Darren Blewitt is only 16, Elliot Ward is 17, as is Anton Ferdinand, there's Lumsden, Pearson, and Daryl McMahon is an U19.

"But Clive is settling into his new surroundings, he's a nice lad, and everyone is keen on him.

"He showed he has great heading ability and though he is a big lad he showed he has a good turn of pace as well; he isn't slow.

"He has decent feet; sometimes big players don't have ability, but Clive does have.

"So it was a good night's work overall and I am very pleased."

TEAM: Van der Gouw, Ferdinand A, Blewitt, Cisse, Delaney, Ward, Lumsden, Byrne, Garcia, Pearson [Cole 80], McMahon D. Subs: Forde, Laws, Cole, Carrick G, McLenehan.