Cool Cup Display Pleases Pards

ALAN Pardew was delighted with the way his much-changed Hammers side eased past Championship Sheffield Wednesday in the Carling Cup Second Round.

On a night which saw giant killing feats a plenty, Pards saw a team with eight changes from the side that won at Fulham secure a 4-2 victory.

Each goal had a touch of class about it too, as Hammers demonstrated the strength in depth of their squad.

"It shows the real discipline we have in the squad," he explained.

"We made changes, but it certainl didn't look like a side we had just thrown together. We moved it around well and we played with good pace and power.

"Maybe we were a little bit sloppy at times but that's understandable with players who haven't played a lot at this level so far this season.

"Overall, I was extremely pleased with the way we came through the game.

"We scored some really good goals and showed good character to hit back and wrap up the game when it looked like they might get back into it.

"They fought back well, but it was a good cup performance from us and I'm glad to have given our superb travelling fans a win to cheer."

It was Bobby Zamora who did most of the damage firing two goals, including an opening strike inside two minutes and a wonder volley that had the Hammers fans going wild.

Pards was just as pleased with the 24-year-old striker.

"Bobby's been showing that sort of form for some time now," he explained. His goal ratio is as good as anyone's and he's looking really confident in front of goal at the moment.

"He scored two great goals. I always fancied him for the first on his left foot and he took that well.

But the second was on his 'wrong' foot and it was a fantastic strike. He caught it brilliantly and it looked a goal all the way.

"Bobby's doing really well in training and is knocking on the door.

"But in front of him are two players in Marlon and Teddy who have been terrific.

"I'm blessed in that department and that's a great thing for the squad and the Club."