Good For Greg?

Tony Carr has high hopes that Greg Pearson can come through his third year as a trainee to further his career as a professional.

It was Greg's effort midway through the first half of Saturday's game with Dagenham and Redbridge that sealed a 1-0 win for a very young side; a long ball caught the opposition flat-footed and Greg, whose initial shot was blocked, rammed home the rebound.

Glenn Roeder had made it plain prior to the game that it would be a team of youngsters as he was not in a position to risk any of his senior players ahead of their trip to Sweden.

But, even with a team of teenagers, a Hammers XI were too strong for the Daggers, and Greg can be happy with his display.

"Greg Pearson has got another year with us as a striker, and out of him and Danny Morris we just felt that Greg probably had the better potential and we will try and bring that potential out," says Tony, explaining why the latter was released and Greg kept on.

"It is a big year for these boys, a make or break year for them, so hopefully Greg can push on into the reserves and score a few more goals."

Squad: Forde, McLenehan, Tattum, Parrington, Ferdinand, Blewitt, Noble, Pearson, McMahon, M Cole, Bunce, Behcet, Wright, Collington.