Sergei Rebrov played 45 minutes on Monday evening as a West Ham XI drew 1-1 with Thurrock.
But it was his half time replacement, Ollie Allen, who grabbed West Ham's goal.
Says Tony Carr:
"Sergei looked sharp in the 45 minutes he played and got what he said he needed - match practice.
"He played wide on the right and came close to scoring on a couple of occasions."
Moses Asikodi, a 17 year old who has been released by Millwall, got a full game and Tony adds:
"We will have a look at him for a week and see how he does."
Tony has high hopes for Greg Pearson, who also played, and he says:
"He has got a great opportunity because the squad is not huge.
"He got 10 or 12 minutes against Anderlecht on Saturday, a little taster, and he has a chance."
TEAM: Reed, McLenehan, Bunce, Nowland, Laws, Blewitt, Rebrov [Allen], Wright, Pearson, Asikodi, Sofiane.
Subs unused: Stokes, Behcet, Brady, Henry, White.