Brown positive about the challenge ahead

Steve Brown endured a difficult start to life as West Ham United's reserve team coach on Tuesday night, but insists he is feeling positive about the challenge in front of him.

The former Charlton and Reading defender, who was brought on-board by Alan Pardew last week following the promotion of Kevin Keen to first team coach, took charge as Hammers faced Fulham at Craven Cottage, but ended up on the wrong end of a 4-1 scoreline.

"I asked the guys for a quick start and we were 1-0 down after two minutes!" said the 34-year-old. "It was uphill after that and we simply didn't get to grips with Fulham in the first half.

"Credit to the players, though, because they fought back in the second half and didn't let their heads go down. After being on the end of a drubbing in the first half and receiving some criticism from the staff at half-time, they could have thrown the towel in completely, but I asked for a positive reaction, and I got one.

"We won the second half 1-0, and the players worked extremely hard, which was all I could ask from them. There is obviously a lot of hard work ahead, but I saw plenty of good signs last night and I'm feeling very positive about the challenge ahead.

"At reserve level, individual performances are more important than the result, but the two often go hand in hand, and I am sure that if we keep playing as we did in the second half last night, then the victories will come.

"We have a lot of young, talented players at the Club and I am looking forward to working with them in the weeks and months ahead."

*Look out for a more in-depth exclusive with Steve Brown on soon, talking about his arrival at Upton Park and hopes for the future.