Roger: A New Regime

West Ham reserves won 1-0 against Nottingham Forest on Monday evening in front of new manager Alan Pardew - and Roger Cross says he is enjoying working with the new manager.

Greg Pearson scored the winner in the first half after a flowing move from one end of the pitch to the other was realised with Daryl McMahon's cross supplying the assist.

"It was an excellent cross and a good goal," says Roger.

"It was a good opportunity for Alan to look at some of the younger pros who have come in such as Anton Ferdinand, Matthew Kilgallon, Shaun Byrne, Youssef Sofiane, Daryl McMahon, Richard Garcia - who have been in the squad and played preseason games and some first team games."

As for his first day working with Alan, he says:

"I have enjoyed it, very much so; it was the first day, and a very good day - I enjoyed the training session, the meeting, and the chat afterwards.

"Everything else is very good but it was just one day - normal football morning talk about the opposition and everything else.

As for Alan's 'temporary' predecessor, Roger says:

"I think Trevor has enjoyed his time, with just one defeat in his whole caretakership including last season as well.

"It has been a very good atmosphere and I have to say the in the last two games, we should have won them, there is no doubt about that.

"We have dropped four points in two games but we have had two good penalty claims in each of the last two matches and, by the way, there was a good penalty claim tonight for the reserves."

But now, Roger is looking ahead, and he concludes:

"It is a different era, Alan is here, and things will be slightly different.

"But at the end of the day, it is all about West Ham United Football Club, and we deserve Premier League football."

TEAM: Bywater, Ferdinand [McLenehan 45], Blewitt, Byrne, Lumsden, Kilgallon, Sofiane, McMahon, Pearson, Garcia, Cohen [Noble 77].

Subs unused: Behcet, Tattam, Laws, Parrington.